A Nonprofit Alternative to ResearchGate

Scholars are planning an alternative site on which to network and share work.

By Lindsay McKenzie    November 9, 2017

Original Article Inside Higher ED

A nonprofit scholarly networking and publishing platform is being planned as an alternative to for-profit platforms such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu. The platform, called ScholarlyHub, will be member-run, but first its team must raise 500,000 euros ($579,705) to build it. Continue reading “A Nonprofit Alternative to ResearchGate”

ResearchGate Gets Sued for Copyright Infringement


ResearchGate is a platform that allows researchers to upload and share their work with others in the community. Termed as an academic social network, ResearchGate is currently embroiled in a battle against publishers, with the latter crying copyright infringement. Due to pressure from a coalition of publishers, including Elsevier and Wiley, ResearchGate is set to…
read more

Remarq™ Launches “Lite” Version to Support Students, Instructors

Remarq™, the decentralized scholarly collaboration network, has launched a Chrome browser extension to facilitate annotation, collaboration, and connection across the Web, specifically to help students and instructors be more effective in their classroom collaborations, while also extending the value of Remarq for scholarly users generally.

Called Remarq™ Lite, this browser extension allows users to seamlessly integrate notes and highlights from any online source into their unified Remarq profile. It also allows users to create and join public and private groups for collaboration.

The plugin is free, and available for download now. Remarq Lite works best with Chrome. It is also compatible with Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari as a bookmark users can activate (fully integrated plugins for these browsers are being developed).

Designed specifically to support users in the education market, Remarq Lite allows:

  • instructors to create private classroom groups for collaboration
  • students to create private groups for project work
  • other teams to create private or public groups for various purposes.

Users can include rich media, math, annotated text, and more in their group conversations using Remarq Lite.

Users of Remarq Lite will see their notes, highlights, and group activity reflected in their full Remarq profiles. Remarq is available on a growing number of journals. Users of Remarq on journals can also benefit from using Remarq Lite, as the plugin notifies them of activity in Remarq, while allowing them to extend the value of their profile across other sources and media.

Collaboration is central to our vision of a healthier web. Try Remarq Lite today, and see what you’re missing.


A New Learned Society: Introducing ScholarlyHub

By Harriet Bergman and Guy Geltner

In whose benefit do we let people who need access to science pay for it, again and again and again? How do we allow for-profit academic publishers to syphon off around $10 billion annually from depleting research budgets and ransack people around the world who lack direct access to scholarly publications? $10 billion paid by governments, libraries, institutions, projects and individuals to read work that has, for the most part, already been paid for through taxes or donations and produced in and for a public domain. Scholarship that is subject to extortionate access fees and that hides behind paywalls doesn’t serve its key mission: to engage in a free and critical exchange of ideas. Nor does it challenge an academic world already fraught by diverse social injustices, from gender-based discrimination to lingering colonial paradigms. Continue reading “A New Learned Society: Introducing ScholarlyHub”

Remarq™ and Why Products Make a Difference

With Remarq™, RedLink has introduced the first decentralized scholarly collaboration network. It is a fully realized product that incorporates article-sharing, user profiles, author and editor updates, annotations, comments, real-time alerting, and more, all in a sensible and elegant interface that works easily with any publisher’s site design.

Consolidating the technology behind Remarq™ into an elegant product is important, and it takes work.

It’s something that some others in the space have not taken the time to do or been able to accomplish. This results in jumbled technology stacks that can thwart engagement with complicated and disparate user experiences and barebones interfaces. Because of these shortcomings, such offerings fall short of actual engagement.

Without the fit and finish of a product, these offerings increase the burden on the user. And by not building the infrastructure to enable roles-based and scholarly collaboration, other offerings fall short of actually addressing the challenges posed by centralized scholarly collaboration networks like ResearchGate and Academia.edu.

Remarq™ is a fully realized product. Analogies abound, as in the illustration above. While a computer hobbyist may want to build a machine from a pile of parts, most customers want someone to have thought through the integrations, capabilities, and usability beforehand. Most customers want a finished product that just works.

This also applies to software. iTunes has been a game-changer not because it introduced new technologies — MP3s and MP3 players, Gracenote data, e-commerce, and so forth were all available to end-users and other companies. Apple won with iTunes because they had a better-designed end-to-end product set.

Engagement with Remarq™ is proving the importance of product again, with a high percentage of users registering, using its features, and managing their notes and relationships.

Find out more at https://remarqable.com.

How do researchers use social media and scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs)?

Written by Tina Harseim, Head of Social Media, Springer Nature and Gregory Goodey, Research Analyst, Springer Nature.

The data from this survey has been made open access for anyone who would like to use it. You can find it on Figshare.

Social media is not only a way for authors and publishers to disseminate research findings, it’s also increasingly being used by researchers to discover and read scientific content.

To better understand how social media and scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs) are used within academia to support research activity, Springer Nature conducted a survey in February. This was in follow up to a Nature survey carried out in 2014. (The original survey can be found here: Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network)

Over 3,000 researchers from STM and HSS fields (humanities and social sciences) completed the survey, though numerically dominated by STM respondents (89%). Researchers covering all career levels gave us their views, with the largest groups of respondents from Europe (33%), the Americas (31%) and Asia (31%).

The survey revealed researchers’ views on their professional use of social media and SCNs, to what extent it can help them in their work, and the role publishers and journals can play to support researchers with activity on these platforms.

All data is available to view and download on Figshare, along with a summary of the key findings.

These include:

  • Over 95% of respondents said they used some form of social media or SCNs for professional purposes
  • ResearchGate was the platform with the greatest proportion of professional users (71%), followed by Google Scholar (66%)
  • While respondents stated they used SCNs in high numbers, frequency of use, and therefore platform engagement, was reported to be higher for social media
  • 50% of professional users said they accessed Facebook on a daily basis

  • In the Nature survey conducted in 2014, the most-selected activity on both ResearchGate and Academia.edu was simply maintaining a profile in case someone wanted to get in touch (68%). This year’s survey revealed that the research activity that over three quarters of respondents stated that they use social media and SCNs for was discovering and / or reading scientific content (Nature’s 2014 study 33%)
  • 57% of respondents to the survey used some form of social media and /or SCNs to support with self or research promotion
  • Therefore, unsurprisingly, the content that the majority of researchers appreciate from publishers is information on new topics and trends; and research relevant to their field and article recommendations
  • Over 80% of respondents would also expect to some degree that any research of content provided by the publisher / journal on these sites should be openly accessible

The survey enables us to provide the best service for our authors, and keeps us close to the views of our community. Over 70% of respondents did agree that they felt that they should do more to promote their research using social media / SCNs.

A significantly higher proportion of Twitter and Facebook professional users share scientific content than any other social media platform or SCN. This gives us confidence that SharedIt, Springer Nature’s content sharing initiative, is offering the functionalities that our users need.

We will use these results to support our approach to social media, discussions on the value SCNs provide for researchers, and how we can best shape our services to meet the needs of the academic community.

This blog can also be read on:

Springer Source

Nature.com blogs

The post How do researchers use social media and scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs)? appeared first on BioMed Central blog.

ScienceOpen launches MyScienceOpen

Research network has announced the launch of MyScienceOpen, a professional networking platform designed for the modern research environment. By leveraging the power of ORCID, MyScienceOpen is an integrated profile where academics can visualise their research impact through enhanced author-level metrics.

Remarq — Decentralized Scholarly Collaboration

Remarq goes beyond annotations to create an entire system of engagement around journal articles, with levels of engagement that users can use as they see fit:

  • Private engagement with content – highlighting and private annotations
  • Semi-private engagement – article-sharing, following articles, polls, profiles
  • Public engagement – qualified comments, post-publication reviews, and author and editor updates

This approach, which is essentially “decentralized social,” provides a combination of features that David Worlock described succinctly in a recent blog post:

“Remarq . . . enable[s] any publisher to create community around annotated discussion and turn it into scholarly exchange and collaboration.”

Publishers and users are familiar with the downsides of centralized social media — algorithms that litter feeds with misinformation or distractions; social networks filled with irrelevant comments from anonymous or unqualified users; and no private layer for personal work. With centralized scholarly collaboration networks, the costs can be even steeper, as some centralized social approaches have depended upon users filling these systems with source content from publishers’ sites.

Remarq “flips the script” by bringing the social features to the publishers’ sites, tailoring them to scholarly communication, and allowing publishers and users to benefit from an approach that doesn’t require unacceptable compromises (e.g., content leakage, user displacement, aggressive social feeds).

By decentralizing the scholarly collaboration network, Remarq is able to both unify experiences across disparate information sources, platforms, and outlets, while creating customized local implementations with a shared digital DNA.

You can find out more about Remarq’s approach to the decentralized scholarly collaboration network at https://remarqable.com.

ASME announces new online resource for bioengineering professionals

The has announced a new website designed to bring together the biomedical engineering community and provide access to the latest advances in research and development, while fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing and information exchange. Named the Alliance of Advanced Biomedical Engineering (AABME) and residing at aabme.org, the site amalgamates technical articles, reports, and other content on topics ranging from cell therapy and thermal medicine to medical devices and 3D printing.

Remarq Goes Well Beyond Annotation


Remarq goes beyond annotations to create an entire system of engagement around journal articles, with levels of engagement that users can use as they see fit:

  • Private engagement with content – highlighting and private annotations
  • Semi-public engagement – article-sharing, following articles, polls, profiles
  • Public engagement – qualified comments, post-publication reviews, and author and editor updates

This combination of features delivers what David Worlock described succinctly in a recent blog post after he saw Remarq demonstrated at the recent UKSG Meeting in Harrogate, UK:

“Remarq . . . enable[s] any publisher to create community around annotated discussion and turn it into scholarly exchange and collaboration.”

By offering a full-featured service, Remarq is built to help publishers compete with ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Remarq gathers features readers have found valuable on these platforms – profiles, article-sharing, annotations, comments – and combines these with the strengths publishers offer, including editorial and author involvement, the version of record, post-publication reviews, and article-sharing.

Remarq’s design fits quietly into any web site, requiring no expensive redesigns or unattractive design compromises. Outsell recently noted the strengths of Remarq in a May 10, 2017, Insight:

“Taking on the likes of ResearchGate and Academia.edu means matching (or exceeding) their offerings in terms of simplicity and ease of use – which Remarq does.”

Remarq enables all of these features in ways publishers prefer. For instance, Remarq’s sophisticated commenting feature ensures that commenters are qualified in the fields the journal covers. If the system has not registered expertise via the user’s publication record, educational background, professional position, or professional memberships, comments are held and the user can add more information.

One pain point for publishers is that article-sharing in ResearchGate and Academia.edu removes usage from their sites. Article-sharing via Remarq occurs via the publisher’s site, so usage counts in the standard ways publishers prefer.

We think Remarq represents an important leap forward for online tools available for editors, authors, and readers – the constituents publishers serve. By allowing publishers to quickly become competitive in the scholarly collaboration space, Remarq can solve many strategic conundrums simultaneously, as well.

You can find out more at https://remarqable.com.

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑