Here is an insightful blog post from a professor explaining what he does and does not like about academic networks ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley.
Summary of His Post
As an university professor, with great pressure to publish in academic journals, academic generalist networks ResearchGate, Academia.edu or Mendeley, help me to:
– Disseminate on the web my published articles to try to obtain citations and names among the scientific community in my field of expertise
– Find research papers quickly and easily
– Search for collaboration and international research projects
– Share ideas and find solutions
ResearchGate Likes: interactivity, intelligence, source credibility
ResearchGate Dislikes: difficult to upload all publications
Academia.edu Likes: repository of publications
Academia.edu Dislikes: “very restrictive when disclosing your ideas to exchange views with other researchers.”
Mendeley: Not an academic network. Organize and search bibliographies, add papers from the web to your library.
“Foresee a better future for ResearchGate because of its commitment to sociability, though not as much as LinkedIn, my favorite generalist academic network.”
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