It is well-known that LinkedIn is used by scholars too, but I think that the business-friendly structure of your profile-page makes it markedly less suitable for academic purposes. Is there a specifically academic website that includes the same characteristics as LinkedIn plus the possibility to add some more scholarly elements in your profile?

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    Yes. Your professional academic web site. You know, the one with your university's web address, linked from your department's home page.
    – JeffE
    Commented Feb 7, 2015 at 17:43
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    Yes, it's called: Academia.edu Furthermore, it has some cool analytics features that LinkedIn doesn't. Commented Jun 28, 2015 at 23:28

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ResearchGate is more academic. It allows you to add your research publications, not just papers. It also has a stackexchange like section and a Jobs section, that features listings to research and advanced positions (PHD, Post-Doc) in academic institutions and in business.

As @StephanKolassa noted you should scout Research Gate before joining (follow the link in his comment), as any other alternative.

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    +1. But note that ResearchGate is somewhat controversial. Commented Feb 7, 2015 at 13:46
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    RG is indeed the perfect academic analogue to LinkedIn, in the sense that LinkedIn's value to your career is also vastly overstated.
    – xLeitix
    Commented Feb 7, 2015 at 13:54
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    One must never forget that you register to be a product more often than to be a client.
    – user29039
    Commented Feb 7, 2015 at 13:56
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    @PedroDuarte I don't like Research Gate. Do you have any other suggestions?
    – user23758
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 13:31
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    @PedroDuarte, I'm sorry, but I don't like that either (indeed, I've asked a question about alternatives to those two). Thank you very much for your effort, though.
    – user23758
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 20:22

You could look at the aggregator/identifier system ORCID. I strongly recommend ORCID if you apply for US federal grants, as the writing is on the wall regarding needing an ORCID to do so. A few journals are starting to require ORCIDs for authors as well.

You could also consider a profile at an alternative-metrics aggregator such as ImpactStory.

(Disclaimer: I have an ORCID and an ImpactStory subscription, and consider one of the ImpactStory founders a friend. Nobody pays me to recommend either, however.)


I think Academia.edu has surpassed Researchgate in terms of uptake, but sometimes it seems more papers are uploaded to Researchgate.

I would not overlook Linked In - a lot of academics us it.

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