ResearchGate vs. the Institutional Repository: Competition or Complement?

Tuesday, March 27 | 2:00PM–2:45PM ET | Room 553
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
What does the popularity of academic social networks mean for open access? To librarians tasked with implementing open access policies, it can seem as if faculty prefer to share their work through ResearchGate and instead of the institutional repository. But is that really what's happening? In this session, we will present the results of a population study and survey that revealed the practices, attitudes, and motivations of faculty at the University of Rhode Island around depositing their work in ResearchGate and complying with our permissions-based open access policy.

Outcomes: Define key terms * Understand the differences between sharing scholarly work through an open access policy and an academic social network * Realize that the majority of scholars aren't sharing their work through either method


  • Julia Lovett

    Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Rhode Island
  • Andree Rathemacher

    Head, Acquisitions (Library), University of Rhode Island

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