Celebrating five million members with free DOIs

Today we celebrate five million members sharing their scientific output, knowledge and expertise on ResearchGate.

Together, you share an exponentially increasing number of:


  • publications: In the first 50 months in the company's history you uploaded two million publications in total to your profiles. Today you upload two million publications every month.

  • datasets: In the first months after we launched the feature you uploaded 100 datasets every day. Today you upload 700.

  • conference papers: Last year, you uploaded 300 conference papers daily. This number has increased fivefold; currently you upload 1500 conference papers daily.




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Everything you contribute to the network – whether it’s a dataset, a conference paper or a journal article – is making progress happen faster. That’s why we want to show our appreciation and give you another reason to share: you can now generate a free DOI for research you add to your profile.

DOI stands for “Digital Object Identifier” and is a unique and permanent number used to recognize digital content. A DOI helps you to:

  • Showcase all of your research. A DOI enables other researchers to find all of your work online, including your conference papers and posters, raw and negative data, and any other research you would like to share.

  • Make your research citable. DOIs provide information on where your work can be found online. They are guaranteed to never change, making them a great way to provide a reliable link to any of your research.

  • Put a date on your discovery. A DOI includes information on the publishing date of your research, to make sure you get the credit you deserve.


How it works:


Go to your profile, click add your publications and choose what kind of research you'd like to add.

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Fill out the details about your research and choose whether you’d like to enter an existing DOI or generate a new DOI.




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You’ll find the DOI on your publication’s page and we’ll also send you an email with the DOI for safekeeping.

For this feature we partnered with Datacite, a service that supports researchers by enabling them to identify, locate, access, and cite research datasets with confidence.

Celebrate five million members working together to further progress and generate a DOI for your work.

Questions or feedback? We appreciate your thoughts.