Revisiting our 2022 roadmap

December 13, 2022

At the start of 2022, we made a commitment to be more transparent to our members and openly published our roadmap for how we were going to improve ResearchGate in 2022.

Holding ourselves accountable by publicly committing to things is scary, but we believe it’s the right thing to do. As the year winds down, let’s take a moment to reflect on what we accomplished in 2022.

Goal: Help you represent yourself more accurately and create interest in your research

Improved profile experience (by May) - ✅

We’ve made it easier to accurately present yourself to others through new features like the citations over time graph, shared connections, and the ability to add journal roles, multiple affiliations, and a link to your personal website to your profile.

Read the original blog post to learn more about our Profile improvements.

Research Spotlights (starting in April) - ✅ (in Beta)

We launched a beta version of Research Spotlights starting in March to a limited group of our members.

The initial results have been very promising: researchers who used Spotlights saw an average of 4x more reads of their Spotlighted publications!

Read the original blog post to learn more about Spotlights.

Full-text availability (throughout the year) - ✅

We’ve been hard at work this year bringing more publicly available open-access full-texts to the platform, as well as more version-of-record full-text publications through our publisher partnerships. As a result, it’s easier than ever to keep your profile up to date — without worrying about copyright restrictions — and you can access an ever-growing collection of diverse research.

Read this blog post to learn more about how we’re adding new research to the platform.

Goal: Help you understand your audience and the impact of your work

New, improved profile stats (in January) - ✅

We’ve added a more detailed stats overview that gives you better insight into who is reading your work and from which disciplines and levels of seniority they come from.

Read the original blog post to learn more about our improvements to Stats on ResearchGate.

Better citation matching (September) - ✅

Through our work to add more open-access full texts to the platform, we’ve also been able to significantly improve our citation data this year, adding more than 240 million citations in 2022.

Improving metrics about your research and removing the RG Score (August) - ✅

We made the decision to remove the ResearchGate Score this year because it didn’t meet the new standards — intuitiveness, transparency, robustness, and relevancy — that we set for ourselves for the metrics we communicate on the platform.

In conjunction with removing the RG Score, we’ve implemented improvements to the Research Interest Score and made it more prominent in your profile stats section. We believe it provides a more holistic indicator of research impact than metrics like citations alone can provide.

Read the original blog post to learn more about our decision to remove the RG Score.

Read the original blog post to learn more about our improved Research Interest Score.

Goal: Give you better ResearchGate accessibility and usability.

Android app (September) - partially released in Beta

We launched the beta version of our first Android app in October this year, giving you a better way to access ResearchGate on the go — whether it’s keeping up to date on research, downloading publications to read later, finding and accessing a researcher’s profile, or checking your stats. We will begin rolling out the app to everyone early next year, and we have exciting plans to make your mobile experience even better in the future!

New look and feel (November) -

In November, we rolled out an updated, more modern design for the whole site. This is part of a longer-term initiative to improve the look and feel of ResearchGate and its overall usability and accessibility. Look out for more improvements in our design coming in 2023!

What’s next?

We are finalizing our plans for next year and have some exciting new improvements in mind to help you stay on top of the latest research in your field. Look out for more detailed updates coming in the future!

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