ResearchGate: An effective altmetric indicator for active researchers?

Min Chun Yu, Yen Chun Jim Wu*, Wadee Alhalabi, Hao Yun Kao, Wen Hsiung Wu

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As research performance becomes increasingly important for academic institutions in competition for rankings, student recruitment, and funding, many performance indicators have been developed to measure various aspects of research performance. ResearchGate combines bibliometrics and altmetrics to create a more comprehensive performance measure for researchers and institutions. The ResearchGate score, the flagship indicator calculated by an undisclosed algorithm, is a metric that measure scientific reputation. In this research, ResearchGate metrics are firstly compared with those that Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings to assess the quality of UK universities and global universities respectively. This study then utilizes correlation analysis to examine whether ResearchGate metrics demonstrate effectiveness on the researcher level in comparison with SciVal metrics. For this research, 300 ResearchGate members from the supply chain management field were selected. The results provide empirical evidence that demonstrate that the ResearchGate score can be an effective indicator for measuring individual researcher performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1006
Number of pages6
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 1


  • Altmetrics
  • ResearchGate
  • SciVal
  • Social media
  • Supply chain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)


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