Create a profile so that your research can be seen and connected to you as a researcher. There are many benefits of using these platforms, though some caution must be used with notification and privacy settings.
Some examples of these platforms are:
ASN encourage users to upload copies of published research, but doing so may infringe on the copyright agreement you signed with the publisher. You can avoid this problem by providing a link to a copyright cleared copy of the article in CRO (CSU Research Output). Alternatively, you can check the Publishers copyright policies using Sherpa/Romeo, a searchable site of publisher copyright policies & self-archiving details, i.e. some publishes allow self-archiving of copies of an article at different points of the publication cycle, or after an agreed period of time.
Jamali (2017) discovered that in 2015, more than 50% of the non-Open Access articles found in ResearchGate, did not comply with publishers copyright and self-archiving policies.
For further reading on using ASN see the following articles:
Jamali, H. R. (2017). Copyright compliance and infringement in ResearchGate full-text journal articles. (Report). Scientometrics 112(1): 241-254.
Van Noorden, R. (2014). Scientists and the social networks. (News: Feature). Nature 512(7513): 126-129.
These resources will help you create a profile on the web that you can then use to promote your research
Academia.edu - The End of an Era for Academia.edu and Other Academic Networks?, Scholarly Kitchen, 11 Dec, 2013.
LinkedIn - LinkedIn Sued For 'Hacking' Users' Email Accounts To Spam Friends, Huffington Post, 20 Sept., 2013.
ResearchGate - Review of ResearchGate : Pros and cons and recommendations Open Research Exeter, 6 Nov., 2013.