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Managing your research profile: Scholarly networks


While many social media sites have the option of uploading fulltext, this may be not comply with publishers' copyright. 


  • Checking copyright and publisher's reuse policies is one of the services provided by ARAN
  • This is not provided by services such as and ResearchGate
  • SHERPA/RoMEO states that the majority of publishers only permit reuse in the author's personal or their employer's website.
We recommend that you upload to ARAN and link to it from the other services. 

We will have checked the publisher's policy before putting the paper online, so you can be sure that you will not be in breach of copyright.

SeeWhy a social networking site is not an open access repository



Handy tip: Researchgate will harvest your publications from ARAN and has many other ways to add your publication details to your profile, including BibTex import.

  which explains how they get the fulltext links (from minute 4 onwards). 

See also Adding my research to my Researchgate profile 

Note: previously supported import, but now makes it impossible to bring data in or out of their system.


Handy tip: Kudos allows you to import your publications from  ORCID and to link to your social media accounts thus saving time. See below:



I already have an ORCID – how do I import my publications list into Kudos?

First sign in to Kudos and select “Manage Account” from the My Tools drop down menu. Then, simply click the “create or connect your ORCID iD” button. Once your ORCID iD is connected to your Kudos account, click on Manually import from ORCID, your publications will be imported into Kudos immediately and will appear on your “My Profile” page.

See also this short video Adding your publications to  Kudos from ORCID 

Emerging Reputation Mechanisms for Scholars 2015

This report surveys use of the following scholarly networks:

  • Academici
  • BibSonomy
  • BiomedExperts
  • CourseTalk
  • Dryad
  • Edmodo
  • Epernicus
  • Foldit
  • GitHub
  • Kudos
  • Impactstory
  •  labfolder
  • LabRoots
  • LinkedIn
  • Mendeley
  • myExperiment
  • MyNetResearch
  • MyScienceWork
  • Peer Evaluation
  • Profology
  • ResearchGate
  • Scitable Socientize Stack Overflow

The second part of this report is a state-of-the-art appraisal of the novel social networking services used by scholars, to build, maintain and showcase their reputation


Nicholas, David, Eti Herman, and Hamid R. Jamali. Emerging Reputation Mechanisms for Scholars: A Literature-Based Theoretical Framework of Scholarly Activities and a State-of-the-Art Appraisal of the Social Networking Services Used by Scholars, to Build, Maintain and Showcase Their Reputations. Luxembourg: Publications Office, 2015. Internet resource.

Social media for researchers 2011

Social Media: A Guide for Researchers

"Which social networking service is the best for you is likely to depend on personal preference, your research topic, your location and probably most of all on your discipline. It is worth experimenting with more than one to see which one offers you the most value." 

Cann, Alan, Konstantia Dimitriou, and Tristram Hooley. Social Media: A Guide for Researchers. London: Research Information Network, 2011. Internet resource.


The guide includes an overview of these Social networking services: -

Facebook -

Friendfeed - (Now owned by Facebook)

Graduate Junction -

LinkedIn -

MethodSpace -

MySpace -

Nature Network -

ResearchGate -

Mendeley -


Links to all services mentioned in this guide are available at the link below:

Scientists and the social network - a Nature survey 2014

"Giant academic social networks have taken off to a degree that no one expected even a few years ago. A Nature survey explores why":!/menu/main/topColumns/topLeftColumn/pdf/512126a.pdf

How can I share it?


The website provides links to some examples of Scholarly Collaboration Networks who have signed up to the voluntary principles for article sharing  including Center for Open Science, Figshare, SSRN and others.

400+ Tools and innovations in scholarly communication

Crowdsourced database of 400+ tools (ongoing)


web-based tools a researcher can use
Bianca Kramer & Jeroen Bosman (and you?)
@MsPhelps & @JeroenBosman, both at Utrecht University Library


The second worksheet tab of this file contains data on over 600 tools and innovations in scholarly communication, inlcuding  SocArXiv (launched by ArXiv following Elsevier's purchase of SSRN,  MLA Commons,  Humanities Commons.



Why researchers use social media

Published on Apr 2, 2015

Gone are the days when visiting social media websites was purely for leisure. Today, social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn offer a host of features that help researchers build connections, share their work, engage a wide audience, seek collaborators, and do much more. Watch this video to know more about the importance of social media in research.


Books at the James Hardiman Library

Tutorial from Yale: Sharing your research


Enhancing Research Impact: Sharing Your Research


Sharing your research work is very important in enhancing your impact. This video from Yale discusses the various ways to share and publicize different parts of the research work, such as manuscripts and data:

Other library guides

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