Re: Research Gate (Stefan Bleeck )

Subject: Re: Research Gate
From:    Stefan Bleeck  <bleeck@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:37:13 +0100

dear list, Frederick is raising the very valid point that communication in the research community is is changing because of social networks. While the methods of ResearchGate is unacceptable, the need for sharing this information better is there to achieve greater productivity. I believe that we are at the beginning of a process of consolidation in the market where maybe one 'facebook' leader will emerge. Some try aggressively. Many of the contributions that are made by ResearchGate are also available in competitors and less intrusively. It is not in my nature to advertise, but I feel passionate about this and feel the need to comment. Mendeley (, free) provides many of these advantages while being non-intrusive and also being a fantastic tool as a reference manager. It's database dwarves anything (ISI web of science, pubmed, etc), precisely because of the social aspect. Because I have good experience how such a 'social' site can improve communication, I use Mendeley in our group for some years as well as teaching it to students with success. Because of Mendeley's API approach, I predict that in a few years time it will become ubiquitous among researchers. Stefan -- Dr. Stefan Bleeck Hearing and Balance Centre Institute of Sound and Vibration Research Faculty of Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK Room 4093, Tizard building (13) bleeck@xxxxxxxx Tel.: 02380 596682 On 6 September 2012 00:46, Gallun, Frederick J. (Portland) <Frederick.Gallun@xxxxxxxx> wrote: > While I agree that it is annoying that ResearchGate sends emails to one’s > co-authors claiming to be from you, it is not the case that there are no > redeeming features to the website. It is possible to turn off the feature > that allows it to send email without your permission (although it should be > off by default of course). > > > > The reason I mention this is that I actually find ResearchGate to be the > only social networking site that actually is designed for researchers rather > than college students (Facebook) or business people (LinkedIn). > > > > For example, on my page > (, I was quickly able > to assemble a list of all my publications and to upload pdfs of those that > are not under copyright. The site had actually gone and found the majority > of the publications using Pubmed, and all I had to do was approve them. It > also shows the impact factor of each publication and gives an average impact > factor and the total number of “impact points” for a given author (not that > I think such things are very meaningful, but it is somewhat amusing to think > about). > > > > Furthermore, it allows you to “follow” colleagues so that you will get > alerts when they publish a new article. I think that they may have alienated > too large a percentage of their target audience with their ham-handed > tactics of spamming everyone’s co-authors. However, I do think that > something like this will be the way that we keep tabs on activity in our > field (and related fields) in the near future. I don’t have the time to > search through all the journals in which my colleagues might be publishing, > and this seems like it could be a great way to know whenever a relevant > article is published by someone I am interested in “following”. Furthermore, > I think that, if properly developed, such a site could be a very good way to > allow forums like the auditory list to be integrated into a larger > framework. > > > > Anyhow, I intend to keep interacting with such sites and providing feedback > to the developers in the hope that new and useful tools will be created. > > > > Erick > > > > ------------------------------------------------------- > > Frederick (Erick) Gallun, PhD > Research Investigator > > National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research > Portland VA Medical Center > 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road (NCRAR) > Portland, Oregon 97239 > Tel: 503-220-8262 x57472 > > Fax: 503-721-1402 > > > > This document is intended for the exclusive use of the recipient(s) named > above. It may contain sensitive information that is protected, privileged, > or confidential, and should not be disseminated, distributed, or copied to > persons not authorized to receive such information. Unless otherwise noted, > this communication represents the views of the sender and not necessarily > those of the VA or NCRAR. If you are not the intended recipient or feel you > have received this document in error, please notify the sender immediately > and destroy the original. > > > >> -----Original Message----- > >> From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception > >> [mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxx On Behalf Of Al Bregman > >> Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 6:02 PM > >> To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxx > >> Subject: Re: Research Gate > >> > >> Hi John, > >> > >> Thanks for letting us know about Research Gate. > >> > >> Al > >> ----------------------------------------------------------------------- > >> ------ > >> Albert S. Bregman, Emeritus Professor > >> Psychology Department, McGill University > >> 1205 Doctor Penfield Avenue > >> Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1B1. > >> Office: Phone: (514) three-nine-eight-6103, > >> Fax: (514) three-nine-eight-4896 > >> > >> ----------------------------------------------------------------------- > >> ------ > >> > >> > >> On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 4:08 AM, John Culling <cullingj@xxxxxxxx> > >> wrote: > >> > Dear all, > >> > > >> > I thought I should alert everyone to this organisation's recruitment > >> methods. > >> > I received an email yesterday which appeared to be from a colleague > >> > and which invited me to join Research Gate and "claim" my papers. The > >> > invite included a picture of my colleague. She, however, has no > >> > relationship with this organisation and made no such invitation. > >> > > >> > John.

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