How to use a ResearchGate profile as a recruiting tool

Find highly skilled candidates


A researcher’s career path doesn’t always fit neatly in a resume. Many professional career sites are geared towards business settings. They don’t leave room for a comprehensive overview of their research output.

ResearchGate takes a different approach, offering the world’s scientists and researchers a platform on which they can publish the full body of their research history and related output (e.g. publications, data sets, etc.). This special emphasis on providing a comprehensive research overview makes ResearchGate a valuable resource for institutions and recruiters to turn to when seeking to recruit the world’s top scientific talent.

Below you learn why a ResearchGate member profile is much more than online CV.

More than an online CV

A ResearchGate member’s profile is much more than an online CV. It enables you to evaluate a candidate based on a comprehensive overview of their research, not just a snapshot presented in a resume.
Individual ResearchGate member profiles are available to logged out users. This means that scientific recruitment agencies, human resources specialists or any other type of professional can access profiles without being ResearchGate members themselves.
There are many elements of a user’s profile that are amazing sources of information to help evaluate a potential candidate:



 Anatomy of a member profile

The profile is a snapshot into the research history of a ResearchGate member.
The profile on ResearchGate gives you a more comprehensive view of researchers’ work. You can read researchers’ papers, see how their work was perceived by their peers by looking at numbers of reads, downloads and citations, and find much more research output – including raw data and negative results – that traditionally isn’t published.



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Preview of a ResearchGate member overview tab

The statistics on the Overview tab tell you how often publications have been read and cited on ResearchGate.




How often their work is read and cited is immediate feedback that helps researchers gauge interest in their work. The ResearchGate ‘Stats’ page shows publication reads, citations and profile views. Here researchers can also see who’s viewed their work (only if the viewer agreed to share this information.). This way researchers can get in touch with their readers and collaborate.  


ResearchGate Interactive stats



See who researchers have worked with and explore their network.

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Skills and Expertise

Looking for the perfect applicant to fill a biomedical job or a postdoc in neuroscience? The Skills and Expertise part of the profile helps you identify if the candidate is recognized by their peers in an area of expertise.

Science recruitment agencies should find this particularly informative as it speaks volume to recruiters who are not necessarily familiar with all the jargon tied to specific positions.



skills and expertise


Research Experience

Research experience is what counts in the academic world, especially when it comes to scientific jobs.

A user’s experience is available under the ‘Info’ tab. You can find a list of the relevant positions a potential candidate has had.

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The Education tab tells you everything you need to know about a user’s education history.



From the young undergraduate with a sparkling dissertation, to the established senior professor who is at the top of their field; ResearchGate allows you to get to know what each applicant excels at.



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