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Community Sites for Scientists and Physicians: The List

I’ve already come up with lists of the best medical places in Second Life; the best medical wikis and the best services with medical videos/animations. So it’s time to dedicate another one to community sites created for scientists and physicians. This idea came to my mind when I read the post of Bora Zivkovic.

(The list is being constantly updated)

  • ResearchGATE: 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 (more).

  • Nature Network: Nature Network is the online meeting place for you and fellow scientists to gather, talk and find out about the latest scientific news and events. Science is an international endeavor and deserves a global stage for discussion.


  • SciLink: an online community with the goal of helping you to discover scientists, authors, and relationships (more).

  • SocialMD: SocialMD is a great new way to network with other physicians. Whether you are a medical student, resident, fellow or physician you will find that SocialMD is a great way to meet and network with other medical professionals (more)


  • social network can help you maintain existing personal and professional relationships and establish new ones by reaching out to Doctors you’ve never met before (more).


  • Jeff’s Bench: Students and post-docs need to be able to have more of these interactions. We hope this site will be used to foster those interactions.

  • BiomedExperts: the first literature-based scientific social network – brings the right researchers together and allows them to collaborate online. Collexis provides the BiomedExperts social network free of charge for researchers worldwide in an effort to increase collaborative biomedical research for the common good.


  • Ozmosis: a new community, currently in private beta, created by physicians for physicians. Members have to be verified during the registration process (more).


  • Sermo: We are a practicing community of 65,000 physicians who exchange clinical insights, observations, and review cases in real time — all the time.

  • Tiromed: Ask a mentor or become a mentor. Upload your CV and find collaborators from around the world, or find a job via this community.


  • LabSpaces: a brand new social network that was developed to spread scientific news, maintain and create friendships, and harbor collaboration in the sciences.

  • Research Crossroads: Centralizing scientific and medical funding data so that researchers gain recognition for their work and funders make better investments.

  • Mendeley: If you deal with academic knowledge, then Mendeley will make your life easier. It’s a combination of desktop software and social network which helps you manage, share and discover both content and contacts in research. It’s easy to use, and it’s free.

  • Within3: Within3 is the private professional networking site exclusively for health and life science practitioners to find, connect and collaborate with the right colleague, right now.

  • MyNetResearch: Our purpose is to assist you in maximizing your research productivity through global collaborations. We all have outstanding colleagues, yet have felt the disappointment of these colleagues not sharing our research interests and passions.

  • Scientist Solutions: Scientist Solutions is a life sciences discussion board run by scientists for scientists with the mission to connect every scientist in the world. This site is moderated by a team of scientific staff. It is our hope that Scientist Solutions will encourage the exchange of information between investigative researchers and thereby contribute to the advancement of Science.

  • is a virtual conference room, lecture hall, laboratory, library, and meeting venue all in one. It offers new methods of scientific presentation, scientific discourse and academic knowledge transfer by using video streaming, audio streaming and text features.

  • It displays academics around the world in a tree format, according to what university/department they are affiliated with.

  • Doc2doc: doc2doc has a range of tools to help you network with other doctors on a professional and social level.

doc2doc-logo is a free academic social network that enables researchers (scholars, scientists, graduate students, …etc) to Share, Discover, Learn, and Discuss academic contributions and research materials such as publications, source code, presentations, tutorials, lecture notes, books, datasets, research news, and much more!.


LabRoots is a free, social networking site that enables scientists, engineers, and other technical professionals to connect, collaborate with, and learn from each other. LabRoots fosters world-wide scientific communication and incorporates the newest social networking technologies.


BioCrowd was created to help bioscience professionals build relationships, exchange ideas, find jobs and identify exciting new career opportunities. Whether you are a bioscientist, investment banker, entrepreneur or a student, be part of the BioCrowd.


Centralize and be found. One can not collaborate with the unknown. Join our free community. Describe yourself, your product, your blog, your service and/or your mission.


  • LaboraTree: a social networking tool for scientists and a research management tool. Laboratree allows you to grow your network by joining up with various colleagues, groups, and projects. Laboratree allows you to e-mail or send messages to all parts of your network. Laboratree allows you to manage a personal or group blog. Laboratree’s latest feature allows you to share papers, documents, and other files with other people on Laboratree.


  • BioSpace is a social network in biology.  It provides the necessary functionality to allow you to share information between people (within group, friends)


  • Researcher ID is a global, multi-disciplinary scholarly research community. With a unique identifier assigned to each author in ResearcherID, you can eliminate author misidentification and view an author’s citation metrics instantly. Search the registry to find collaborators, review publication lists and explore how research is used around the world.


  • PHYZOOM: you can find the physicians in your community who are staying on top of the latest health trends, products and services. In addition, your search options are much more dynamic than your average physician directory available from your local hospitals and health systems.


  • The Science Advisory Board: Voice your opinions on companies, products, protocols and even humor in a lively, real-time, interactive Online Community of over 42,000 life science & medical professionals. Redeem generous rewards for participation in studies, contributing website content and referring colleagues.


  • MySDscience: Scientific collaborations, professional development, and science education while raising awareness for the San Diego Science Festival.


  • Web of Medicine: it was created for busy clinicians who want to build and join professional networks of medical colleagues. Users have expressed a clear requirement to connect with colleagues in their own practices and hospitals but also nationally and internationally.


  • New Media Medicine is an online Social Network of over 42,000 doctors, medical students and pre-med students. It’s like Facebook for medics.


  • Asklepios: the social network for physicians created by the Canadian Medical Association. Here you can make new contacts, get advice from colleagues, and collaborate with people all over the country. And it’s exclusively for Canadian physicians, residents and medical students, so you’ll know exactly who you’re connecting with there.


  • It’s an exclusive social net for physicians that was founded by Michael Kamleitner and Lukas Zinnagl in 2008, according to the FAQ page.


  • SleepGuide: If you or a loved one have sleep apnea, you probably (i) don’t know it, or (ii) have had trouble with the treatment. This forum can help.


  • Voices of Physicians: Voices of Physicians is a new campaign from Doctors for America that puts physicians’ concerns and priorities for health reform on a national map.


  • Sci-Mate: The Sci-Mate (Scientific Material Transfer Exchange) is an open collaboration to address well known problems in academic publishing and commercial development using proven Web 2.0 software solutions.


  • Scientist Solutions: Scientist Solutions is a life sciences board run by scientists for scientists. As such, Scientist Solutions is moderated by a team of full time scientific staff in order to maintain the integrity of our board for the sole purpose of scientific discussion and networking.


  • iCons in Medicine: iCons in Medicine is a global telehealth and humanitarian medicine volunteer alliance. This network of medical professionals is committed to making the world a healthier place.


  • Osler’s Node: Osler’s Node is a classified portal and ethical marketplace for the UK medical community.


  • Scitable: A free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world’s leading publisher of science.


  • Benchfly: is an interactive resource for scientists dedicated to supporting and celebrating the researcher’s life at the bench. BenchFly provides a sharing platform, tools and insider knowledge to perpetuate the viability of the craft and keep scientists in science. Founded in 2009 by an MIT post-doc, Dr. Alan B. Marnett, is privately held and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • Labslink: is the scientific and highly effective platform dedicated on high-quality and innovative research collaboration around the world. The programs and services of the foster the exchange of knowledge, new ideas or technology among scientists.


  • Lablife: Organize data and materials, coordinate purchasing, analyze sequences, and more
    with LabLife’s web-based tools.


  • VIVO: The national network of scientists will facilitate the discovery of researchers and collaborators across the country. Institutions will participate in the network by installing VIVO, or by providing semantic web-compliant data to the network.

  • Orwik:  The innovation life-cycle is equal parts funding, team work, and publishing. Orwik helps you along the way by enabling collaboration management, and community development.

  • you can read, download and share thousands of free articles from exclusive Sciyo scientific journals and books database.

  • Science 2.0: The idea of this place though, is a fluid evolving site, where users can suggest, edit or contribute in any way they wish.

  • is intended as an e-learning and e-sharing resource for orthopaedic surgeons.

  • SciFlies is a new model for funding scientific research that allows the general public to get involved in scientific research by making small donations resulting in financing research for projects just waiting to prove new ideas that work, but just lack the funding to get started.



bevalley is a global network where healthcare professionals and organizations share medical facts and the ways they use them. It includes several applications to work with data, such as analysis tools and graphical representations. bevalley is free of charge and grows in a controlled way through an invitation system. Each user has a limited number of exclusive invites to the network. If you already know some users in bevalley, ask them to invite you!

Vivu: a network of professionals and users that care about our health and wellness.

  • MDSNe is a free social networking and peer-to-peer learning community for verified healthcare professionals based in Europe.

MedCrowd: Market Research and Insight: Solve problems by collaborating directly with diverse healthcare experts

VoxMed: VoxMed is the worldwide online community reserved for the medical profession.

Sequilab: a leap forward for genetic researchers using online bioinformatics tools.

  • Doctors Global: Doctors Global intends to facilitate physicians to collaborate across all boundaries, to share views, experience and learn new things from colleagues across the world every day in a secure environment.

  • Comp’act Onair:  An evidence-based practice bases clinical decisions on the best available evidence.

Let me know if you know more.

97 Comments Post a comment
  1. If I could plug Friendfeed, our little community there is super active, and now has a room

    May 24, 2008
  2. Very nicely put together. Maybe at some point a sidebar feature as they grow too. This is just the tip of the iceberg of pharma/biotech and technology really starting to mesh.

    May 25, 2008
  3. Sarah #

    Very nice.

    May 25, 2008
  4. Don’t forget It’s been live longer than any of the sites you have listed here.

    June 11, 2008
  5. May I add We’d like to think of our vision as a “ for research” – not only because of the conceptual, but also because of personnel similarities.

    Mendeley offers a free software for managing and sharing your academic papers, with a view towards showing you statistics about up-and-coming topics in your academic discipline, reading recommendations, and people with similar research interests.

    There’s a short demo video on our homepage, or on YouTube:

    June 20, 2008
  6. Victor, thank you for the link. I must write about that service.

    June 20, 2008
  7. Bertalan, thanks for your kind words and your interest. If there’s anything I can do for you, just drop me a line (I’m traveling at the moment (back at my alma mater for teaching a seminar :-), but I’ll reply as soon as I get your message!

    June 20, 2008
  8. Anonymous #


    August 20, 2008
  9. Bertalan,

    Please consider adding The Science Advisory Board ( to your list of online communities. Launched in 1997, The Science Advisory Board now has a registered membership of more than 41,000 life scientists from over 60 countries.

    We’re proud to have been advancing “Web 2.0” for more than a decade!

    January 15, 2009
  10. jean #

    41,000 members in 12 years….not really successful!

    January 21, 2009
  11. mike #

    Add to your list :)

    January 21, 2009
  12. Jean Wrote:

    “41,000 members in 12 years….not really successful!”

    By what measure do you define success? The business model of The Science Advisory Board is not to simply add warm bodies in the hope of attracting advertisers or selling subscriptions — we don’t accept advertising, don’t sell subscriptions and never rent out access to our membership list (how many journals or professional societies can make that claim?) We’ve built an expert-on-demand network that has profitably delivered insights to over 300 companies engaged in the development of new life science technologies. One recent entry into the field claims to have recruited 80,000 members in a year but they spent $20+ million doing it and according to their recent SEC filing are unsure of their ability to continue business operations. Who’s the successful company?

    January 27, 2009
  13. There’s also Scientists Without Borders ( that has an international emphasis.

    January 29, 2009
  14. jonmrich #

    Great list! Thanks for pulling it together. I added a link to the list Pharma and Healthcare Social Media Wiki I’ve created.

    March 17, 2009
  15. I just stumbled across this list and very much appreciate it! It’s hard to find other docs to talk to online.

    May 2, 2009
  16. Thanks for putting this up Bertalan. Do get in touch if anyone wants to comment on Osler’s Node or has any comments or suggestions.

    Otherwise keep up the good work.

    PS. There is another site called which acts as an interface between doctor and patients.

    May 3, 2009
  17. Check out MedGoline It is pre-launch and will bring a completely different angle to the social medical information democratization.

    May 12, 2009
  18. Dear all,

    I have poster a similar comment on another thread, and realized afterwards it would fit better here. Sorry for that!

    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). So the social network is really a tool to help us to manage and keep the contact with the Experts.

    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.

    This means that, even if PRESANS is another social network for scientist, this one is also for you!

    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. notify me of follow-up comments via email.

    August 21, 2009
  20. Thanks for the list, You can also add (Valid PR 4) social networking site that share & deliver News & enable user to publish & share their articles with other users.

    September 9, 2009
  21. Claudia Koltzenburg # – Классическая и молекулярная биология (classical and molecular biology)

    September 13, 2009
  22. Very very good list of social networking sites. Probably the best so far i have seen on the internet.
    Thank you so much

    September 22, 2009
  23. Checkout Molecularstation by far the most complete site and one of the highest traffic wise.


    September 22, 2009
  24. Itz really a nice list.. i am gona right now do some link building for my clients today :) Thanks

    April 22, 2010
  25. Have you heard about ? Its real time news streaming apps for specific research topics with a link so you can chat with your peers in the field!

    April 30, 2010
  26. Murugan Anandarajan #

    Check out my new book on e-research collaboration

    …The shift of paradigm from collaborations of convenience to collaborations of opportunity using Web 2.0 technolo­gies is called Research 2.0. Research 2.0 is becoming a critical component in research management and collaboration and has led to the creation of new research networks such as….Read more

    June 18, 2010
  27. Elizabeth Brown #

    There is also Epernicus ( I didn’t see it listed above but may have missed it.) There’s also ScienceFeed but I’m not sure how active it is.

    July 14, 2010
  28. Great to have this all in one place!

    July 14, 2010
  29. Very useful information… Thanks for sharing it

    August 12, 2010
  30. Claudia Koltzenburg #

    here is another possible addition, Berci:

    August 12, 2010
  31. Claudia Koltzenburg #

    ehm, the community mentioned above my reply has by now renamed itself from “Science 2.0” to “Science 3.0” :-)

    August 12, 2010
  32. Some more that you might find interesting:

    Bevalley (disclaimer: I’m part of the staff). A network where data can be uploaded, shared and analyzed easily by healthcare professionals. It’s currently being used for management, research and publications

    ViVu and Webicina social networks for patient’s and physicians

    February 14, 2011
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    February 15, 2012
  36. It would be nice if you could rate these sites by popularity and which ones host most active discussions. Several of them may no longer be “cool” hangouts today.

    July 20, 2012
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  39. Great list. Keep an eye on Doctura also – to be launched soon!

    February 19, 2013
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