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I've informally noticed that ResearchGate seems to have increased in popularity over the last year or so. I also noticed that, while I'm not on the job market, ResearchGate was able to successfully identify an available academic job in my area and in my country and bring it to my attention (for more info see here).

Thus, I ask the following question as a potential recruiter or as a member of my department who is keen to see the hiring of good applicants.

  • What was the experience of anyone who has used ResearchGate to recruit for an academic position?
  • Did you get many people applying because they saw the position through ResearchGate?
  • How do you think this medium of academic job advertising compares to other options? Do you think it was value for money?
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    I didn't even know ResearchGate had job ads. I think this is effectively unknown in math. – Kimball Mar 16 '16 at 14:29
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Some mathematicians I know (me included) appear in Research Gate. Many many others don't. As such, in the areas I'm related to, RG is not a significant source of information. It might be significant with respect to a single person who worked on her/his profile, but not representative of the market. When I click on "related researchers" on RG, the omissions in the list are way more significant than the inclusions.

More specifically to your question, I didn't know that RG had any relation with recruitment. We wouldn't use it because it is not obvious that our target audience is well represented in it.

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    I guess my impression is that most well-published psychology academics have some kind of profile on there now. My impression is that this wasn't the case a year ago. I guess such sites would grow based on discipline specific co-authoring and network effects. A site like researchgate might sit less well with the academic culture in mathematics. – Jeromy Anglim Mar 17 '16 at 6:58

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