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?
5Yes. Your professional academic web site. You know, the one with your university's web address, linked from your department's home page.– JeffEFeb 7, 2015 at 17:43
1Yes, it's called: Academia.edu Furthermore, it has some cool analytics features that LinkedIn doesn't.– user4815162342Jun 28, 2015 at 23:28
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.
5+1. But note that ResearchGate is somewhat controversial. Feb 7, 2015 at 13:46
21RG is indeed the perfect academic analogue to LinkedIn, in the sense that LinkedIn's value to your career is also vastly overstated.– xLeitixFeb 7, 2015 at 13:54
4One must never forget that you register to be a product more often than to be a client.– user29039Feb 7, 2015 at 13:56
1@PedroDuarte I don't like Research Gate. Do you have any other suggestions?– user23758Feb 9, 2015 at 13:31
1@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.– user23758Feb 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.