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Are there alternatives to Academia.edu and ResearchGate if one is searching for a venue that promotes "informal" (*) cooperation and networking among scholars (specifically, in mathematics and science)?

(*) As far as I know, the aim of two sites mentioned above is mostly sharing papers rather than opinions, insights, and interesting material of various sorts related to research. I would like this alternative site to be more informal: a scholarly social network rather a mere preprints repository.

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    In mathematics, there is [relatively] a lot of people on G+. (My only reason to use G+ :)). – Piotr Migdal Dec 24 '14 at 22:04
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    Mathoverflow has been used in this way somewhat, for math... – daaxix Jan 1 '15 at 3:41
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I have found a neat commented list of academic networking sites at the web site of Library Services -- Information Services at the University of Kent (UK) and an article reviewing a few academic networking web sites. Another, shorter and comment-free list is here. These lists mention, in addition to the sites from the other answers, the following sites (I list them in no particular order)

Also Zotero, just like Mendeley, offers some networking capabilities.

Finally, here is one more fairly new site which is not on the above three lists:

https://chroniclevitae.com/

A number of academic networking sites that existed in the past have already went out of business or became a kind of an archive and do not accept new posts and new members (e.g. the Nature Network). I have removed such sites from my list.

  • Quite impressive. I'll check them out. Have you tried any of them? – user23758 Dec 26 '14 at 23:58
  • Not yet. I make do with RG so far. – just-learning Dec 27 '14 at 0:13
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Have you tried linkedIn? They have tons of mathematics groups on there you just have to use the search bar. Or have you tried joining a meetup group? You can go to www.meetup.com and find groups of you interest that are near you area. It is not solely online but it is a great way to meet different people who have the same interests as you.

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I would probably try with some groups at Mendeley. It is both a social network and a place where you host, post, share papers and links.

Also, regarding mathematics, this question on MathOverflow seems to be helpful.

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