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Facebook for Scientists: Going Live

Can ResearchGATE become a Facebook for researchers? We will get an answer soon because they are now going live.

Launching this Friday, May 23, changes the picture by offering international networking technology to scientists of all disciplines. It is the world’s first platform of its kind and features numerous technological highlights that simplify research cooperation. Signing up for the service takes just seconds. Registered users of the free-of-charge platform can present their research work in a personal profile, exchange messages and build groups for peer-to-peer discussions. Search engines allow easy access to specific topics and conversations. Researchers from around the world with similar interests can be immediately identified and contacted.

Scientific links are listed in a database that is primarily updated by users, and can be evaluated on their quality. Conferences and workshops can be entered and discussed in an events area. Additional applications, like an integrated voice-over IP system enabling virtual conferencing, are planned.

This is a cross-post from Medgadget.

28 Comments Post a comment
  1. SCG #

    Now, this is really a tool that I was waiting for and that I think the online community needed. Will be testing it out, I’ve just logged in. Hope to find you inside it and that it will help keep better connections and exchanges!

    May 23, 2008
  2. I think I found you there. :)

    May 23, 2008
  3. SCG #

    Indeed! May I suggest you to add a “send replies to email” option for the comments on your blog? It is so much easier to follow discussions with such a feature.

    May 23, 2008
  4. Scott #

    This is awesome! I think a community like this could eventually lead to the global collaboration we need in order to find a number of the life changing cures we have been searching for all these years.

    Imagine being able to connect with someone who is working on something similar to you and they have the missing link…now that’s progress…

    May 23, 2008
    • Anonymous #


      My name is Jeff Rusteen. I have a suite of programs designed to allow much wider scientific collaboration, mostly for medical research. I am looking for people to review the proposed functionality. Are you a research scientist?

      February 1, 2011
  5. Anonymous #

    Outstanding! A platform like this might have enough potential to revolutionize science. It’s twice-overdue to link researchers using latest social-networking technology.

    Science finally arrived in the 21st century!

    May 23, 2008
  6. Edgar C. #

    Outstanding! A platform like this might have enough potential to revolutionize science. It’s twice-overdue to link researchers using latest social-networking technology.

    May 23, 2008
  7. Anonymous #

    Um… a platform like this already exists. Check out Nature Network.

    May 25, 2008
  8. not too convinced by the functionality. and as mentioned above by someone nature networks already exists, so this is definitely not a first.

    May 27, 2008
  9. Hi there,

    I love your blog! I wanted to extend an initiation to blog at our site. I think you could offer some very interesting content to our blogs. Plus, it would be a great opportunity to gain exposure. Our site currently receives approximately 1.2 million unique visitors a month. New blogs are featured on our home page, as well as recent posts and we also feature the blogger with the most quality content on our homepage with a mini bio, which changes each week. And NO we are not claiming to be the next facebook for scientists or myspace for doctors.

    Or you could feed existing posts to our site as a means to drive additional traffic to your site, if you are too busy to write an additional blog.

    If you are interested, you can sign up here otherwise feel free to email me.

    Have a great day!

    Alexandra Snyder
    Content Editor

    May 30, 2008
  10. Thank you, Alexandra, I will take a deeper look at it.

    May 30, 2008
  11. This isn’t new or innovative. It’s preceeded by:
    and the aforementioned nature community.

    Researchgate should have done its homework before espousing itself as the “first.” Science 2.0 was in action well before it was coined “Science 2.0”.

    June 9, 2008
  12. Jan Laibe #

    Another site that’s doing something similar is – it’s real advantage over this is that they have actually created researcher profiles from all of the publicly funded research information that is available since the Freedom of Information Act.

    They are also aggregating data from non-profits, so it’s really a complete picture of your research without having to create everything from scratch.

    June 16, 2008
  13. Varsha #

    Other networks do exist. I have been using for over two years. That also allows scientists to post their queries and get answers. which is very useful.

    September 9, 2008
  14. Guy #

    Scientist solution is a useful platform for scientists not just by connecting researchers from all around the world also by giving answers to scientific questions that are posted online. Usually the questions are answered quickly. The questions and answers are moderated by professional scientist from leading institutes so you would not able to see junk posted at this web site.
    Registration is also free and quick.

    September 10, 2008
  15. Thank you! I just added it to my list of scientific community sites.

    September 12, 2008
  16. Alex #

    As the most recent posters have said has been helping scientist help other scientist for many years already and I think it is probably the best Science discussion board around. Although I wouldn’t really call it a facebook of science at all, you can share all your professional details if you like or remain anonymous depending on how well you want to network. I have met several of really helpful people on their message boards. They also have a protocols section which I have found useful and now people have started their own science blogs on the site too.

    October 9, 2008
  17. Another site that is aggregating grant, publications and other public products of science is

    ResearchScorecard’s goal is to enable scientific collaborations by facilitating the FINDING and EVALUATING of scientists. While finding scientists is doable using systems like COS Expertise, SciTechNet and LinkedIn, evaluating them to generate a ranked list a la Google is much harder, and is arguably the more valuable step.

    This is because the lack of data integration hinders rigorous evaluation. By integrating and cleansing researcher data, ResearchScorecard delivers a quantitative profile of academic researchers in its database. This makes it very easy to answer questions such as “find all scientists with expertise in X and rank them according to that expertise”. We even have a function that uses the name of a scientist to find other scientists with a similar expertise profile.

    How is this done? Instead of relying on data obtained from self-disclosure, ResearchScorecard uses web monitoring robots (“bots”) to collect “gated” research products of biomedical scientists to identify and assess their various domains of expertise. Their database is currently limited to scientists operating at Stanford University and UCSF. “Gated” products here refers to objects that require the approval of others before coming to light, e.g., research grants, publications and patents. Thus, you can think of ResearchScorecard as a type of the scientific social networking that relies on data mining to help scientists find and evaluate potential collaborators by providing a quantitative portrait of academic researchers in the life sciences. This is an example of a class of databases called “expertise locators”, btw.

    March 2, 2009
  18. Dear all,

    I know that the original post is rather old, but I thought I would post a comment anyway, as I am the creator of yet another social network for scientists:

    However, in our case, the social network is actually just a tool, as what PRESANS really is about is open innovation: PRESANS is a new open innovation intermediary spinning off of the Ecole Polytechnique in France. We are launching the private beta period mid-september 2009. Registration is already open on

    Basically, PRESANS is a social network for Experts (researchers, engineers etc.). We provide Experts with a range of free services through our internet platform and Experts will be paid significant rewards to solve R&D challenges (from tens to hundreds of K euros).

    By Expert, understand
    – a person such as a researcher in the public or private sector, a PhD student, an engineer, an inventive person, etc.
    – an organization such as a Technology Transfer Office, a cluster, a laboratory, a startup, etc.

    For our customers, (R&D departments), we translate and decompose their needs into challenges, we broadcast them to the community of Experts through the internet platform (following a specific methodology to protect confidentiality). Experts can propose their expertise or a solution and get rewarded for this.
    We are very carful with intellectual property, which is protected for both parties.

    Thank you very much for reading this long post and I am really looking forward to reading your comments and to seeing you PRESANS ( And REMEMBER: registration has already opened for the beta and the actual launching is mid-september 2009.


    Albert Meige, founder of PRESANS (and researcher in Plasma Physics!)

    August 21, 2009
  19. umar #

    unable to get to research gate it says “unable to connect

    May 15, 2011

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