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Researcher Profile: Academic social networks (ASN)


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:

Using academic social networks (ASN) without infringing copyright

ASN (Academic Social Networks) such as and ResearchGate are popular places to share ideas, research and collaborate with fellow researchers (Van Noorden, 2014).

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.

Web Profiles

These resources will help you create a profile on the web that you can then use to promote your research

  • Google Scholar can be used to create a public author profile.
  • CSU Research Output (CRO) - Charles Sturt University's institutional Repository.  It stores and showcases the research publications of the University