ResearchGate Introduces the RG Score: A New Way to Measure Scientific Reputation

Our new metric makes every stage of research process count.

RG Score works as addition to traditional publishing model, especially for scientists starting their careers.


Berlin, August 8, 2012 – ResearchGate, the professional network for researchers, today announced the launch of the RG Score, a new metric to measure scientific reputation. More than 1.9 million scientists currently share papers, publish data and engage in discussions on the platform. The RG Score makes these interactions, which are a crucial part of the research process, both visible and quantifiable.

Although the traditional scientific publishing model has brought countless innovations and advancements to light, the speed of discovery is often hindered by the lack of speed in publishing. ResearchGate fulfills the need for a new system that reflects the ever-increasing pace of science. Researchers are now able to publish their results in real-time, benefit from the immediate feedback of their peers and, through the RG Score, turn all of their work into a source of reputation.

Whether raw, negative or inconclusive data, there are no restrictions on what a researcher can publish on ResearchGate, or on what can become a factor in their RG Score. Not only does this help researchers receive credit for all their work, it also ensures absolute transparency across the entire research process. ResearchGate co-founder and CEO Dr. Ijad Madisch points out the need for a system that gives science back to the research community: "The RG Score allows real-time feedback from the people who matter: the scientists themselves."

A researcher’s score is calculated based on how the rest of the community interacts with their content, how often, and who it is that’s interacting. Madisch says: "This new metric ensures that reputation is defined and given directly by peers, eliminating the middle man."

The RG Score enables researchers to demonstrate their standing within the network and beyond. "Scientists can use the metric when applying for jobs and grants," says Madisch. Especially for researchers at the start of their career, the RG Score will open doors, by allowing them to build their reputation, whether having been published in journals or not.

About ResearchGate

ResearchGate was founded in 2008 by the virologists Dr. Ijad Madisch and Sören Hofmayer and computer specialist Horst Fickenscher. Four years later more than 1.9 million researchers have signed up to the network.

The platform is free of charge and ad-free. In February, ResearchGate completed its second investment round. The round was led by Founders Fund partner Luke Nosek, co-founder of PayPal, with participation from Benchmark Capital, Accel Partners, Michael Birch (co- founder, Bebo), and David O. Sacks (founder/CEO, Yammer, Inc. and founder/chairman, Geni, Inc.). ResearchGate has offices in Berlin, Germany, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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