ResearchGate is described as 'was built by scientists, for scientists. It started when two researchers discovered first-hand that collaborating with a friend or colleague on the other side of the world was no easy task' and is an app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to ResearchGate for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, iPhone, iPad, Android Tablet and Android. The best alternative is Mendeley, which is free. Other great apps like ResearchGate are Google Scholar (Free), Academia.edu (Freemium), SemanticScholar (Free) and Publish or Perish (Free).
Mendeley helps manage and share academic knowledge: Mendeley Desktop is free academic software (Windows, Mac, Linux) for organizing and sharing research papers and generating bibliographies with 1GB of free online storage to automatically back up and synchronize your library...
is a social networking website for academics. The platform can be used to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research in a particular field. It was launched in September08, with 31 million registered and over 8 million uploaded texts.
Semantic Scholar (paywall free) is a science publication aggregator that collects citation-data from PubMed, CiteSeer, IEEE etc and rank each article according to the percieved number of impactful citations.
Publish or Perish (PoP) uses Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, and Web of Science queries to obtain citation information, which is then analysed and converted to a variety of metrics (see Appendix).
DeepDyve provides simple and affordable access to millions of articles across thousands of peer-reviewed journals. Content from the world's leading publishers including Reed Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, and more.
BioSeek Mobile - Next Generation Search For Life Sciences. Fast. Efficient. Free. We process at one go multi-component searches that are normally quite time consuming. We strive to deliver the clearest representations of massive amounts of data.
PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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many professional papers and studies that can be read for free (full text links available on the site)