Scholarly collaboration networks, for example ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley, give you the opportunity to be found, to showcase your interests, your work and yourself and to follow fellow researchers. These networks are also used for sharing and accessing scientific articles.
If you want to share your own work, by uploading the full-text of your publications, please check the website How Can I Share It or SHERPA/RoMEO to find out which version of your article you are allowed to share.
In ResearchGate you can
The profiles are index by Google and the full-text publications in ResearchGate are indexed by Google Scholar (please note: the version of the article uploaded by the author in ResearchGate can be an earlier version of the final, published version).
To create an ResearchGate account, click Join for free and enter the requested information. After creating your account, you can complete your profile: add an introduction, your publications, data, topics, interests, skills & expertise, current projects, etc.
ResearchGate shows publications in its publication database matching your name, making it easy for you to populate your publication list. You can also add publications manually. More information can be found on the help page How to add research.
You can follow researchers to get updates on their publications and contributions on ResearchGate. It’s also possible to follow publications, projects and questions.
Please note: content uploaded in ResearchGate is not included in the Unpaywall database.
Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. You can share your research, monitor the impact of your research and track the research of academics you follow.
After creating your account, you can upload your papers, follow researchers or be followed. A number of options, like a personal website, advanced search and advanced analytics, is only available when you subscribe to Academia Premium.
On https://eur.academia.edu/ you can find an overview of academia.edu profiles of EUR-researchers.
Please note: content uploaded in Academia.edu is not indexed by Google Scholar and also not included in the Unpaywall database.
Mendeley is a reference manager and an academic social network. You can use Mendeley to organize your literature and to cite this literature in your own papers and to connect and collaborate with researchers. You can become a member of public groups in Mendeley: community spaces where you can discuss the latest research and stay up-to-date with your group's activity. You can also start your own group.
With a free account you get 2GB personal storage for personal documents, permission to create 5 private groups of up to 25 collaborators for sharing common documents and 100MB shared web storage across all groups. With one of the paid premium accounts you can buy more storage space and create groups up to 50 collaborators.
Mendeley also offers:
Data from Mendeley is used by by altmetrics providers, like Altmetric and Plum Analytics, to give an indication of the readership: the number of readers and the geographical and demographic breakdown of those readers.