ResearchGATE is a free social networking site and collaboration tool aimed at scientific researchers from all disciplines of science. It provides web applications including semantic searching (whole abstract searching), file-sharing, publication database sharing (e.g. endnote libraries), forums, methodology discussions, groups etc. Members can create their personal blog within the network. Since May 2008, ResearchGATE has gathered a user base of more than 400,000 researchers from 196 countries.Among other tools, ResearchGATE has developed a semantic search engine that browses internal resources and major external research databases, including PubMed, CiteSeer, arXiv, NASA Library and others to find research papers. The search engine was developed to analyze a larger string of terms than is used in standard keyword searches – it will analyze entire abstracts – with the idea that more terms will allow more precise results.The same kind of semantic matching is also used by the platform to support member networking.
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The world of academic publishing is in the middle of a shake-up right now, not only because of the shift towards open data and the Elsevier fiasco, but also because — well, put simply — all publishing is in flux. Call it the Kindle-slash-iBooks effect.
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