Tuesday, April 1. 2014ResearchGate Press Office in
It’s been just two months since an international team of researchers made a revolutionary announcement: pluripotent stem cells, produced by simply bathing adult cells in acid.
To Kenneth Ka-Ho Lee and his team at the Chinese University of Hong Kong this sounded like a revelation. They wanted to try it out for themselves. Now, after following two different protocols and failing once, they succeeded in finding potential signs of pluripotency in a totally unexpected way.
In our last update, we told you about how Kenneth failed to produce the so-called STAP-cells following the methods described in a detailed protocol that was released by the authors of the study led by Haruko Obokata in early March. Kenneth posted the results from this trial with Open Review on March 13, 2014.
Since then, more doubts on the study’s validity have arisen. Charles Vacanti, another co-author of the Nature study from Harvard University, released a different version of the protocol. This new method was the focus of Kenneth’s second attempt to reproduce the study, which he live-blogged about on ResearchGate.
Today, at 5:30 pm Hong Kong time, Kenneth posted results. They may suggest that STAP works, and if so, the trick doesn’t seem to be the acid.
The Vacanti protocol required placing a lot of stress on the cells. So much, in fact, that during the first three days of the experiment Kenneth reported rapid cell death to the point where he decided to cut the experiment short. He feared that he wouldn’t have had enough cells left to examine for signs of pluripotency if he had carried on with the rather harsh procedure another day.
In addition to being bathed in acid, the Vacanti protocol said to manually triturate the cells using pipettes with decreasing lumen twice a day. Kenneth’s results seem to suggest that this is what might have reprogrammed them to pluripotency.
Update April 3, 2014:
Kenneth has been speaking about his latest results with other stem cell researchers over the last two days on the live-blog of his Open Review and beyond. He feels that what he and his team saw might not have been significant enough to indicate the existence of STAP cells. Kenneth and his team are now returning to their research into the function of the BRE gene, a component of the BRCA1 and BRISC complex, and are looking for collaborators.
Thursday, March 13. 2014ResearchGate Press Office in News
We’re excited to announce the launch of Open Review today. It’s designed to help you openly voice feedback and evaluate research that you have read and worked with, bringing more transparency to science and speeding up progress.
With Open Review you can:
Recent events have highlighted the need for an alternative system for peer review, and Professor Kenneth Ka-Ho Lee and his team at the Chinese University of Hong Kong are taking the first steps.
Stem Cell Nature study debunked with Open Review
We’re proud to share Professor Lee’s groundbreaking review with you – the first to be published using our new feature:
The review concerns a study into a novel way to produce stem cells that made the headlines worldwide in January when it was published in the journal Nature. The study presented a technique to turn adult cells into embryo-like pluripotent stem cells by treating them with acid. By opening up the path to an easy and more ethical way of producing stem cells, these findings seemingly heralded a new era of regenerative medicine. But they soon came under scrutiny, to the point where even one of the paper’s co-authors asked for the study to be retracted.
Following the authors’ protocol step by step, Kenneth and his team found that these findings were indeed too good to be true, and impossible to reproduce. Now they’re the first to publish proof of it with Open Review.
Open Review is work in progress. We look forward to hearing from you so that we can start tailoring it to your needs.
Friday, December 20. 2013ResearchGate Press Office in News
Every question you’ve answered and every publication and dataset you’ve shared on ResearchGate in 2013 gave your peers a leg up to advance their research and see further.
We’re in awe at the progress you’re making and tremendously grateful that you choose to share it with the research community and the public on ResearchGate.
That’s why we want to say thank you for making 2013 a year of great opportunities for discovery, for your contributions to the network and to society.
Friday, December 20. 2013ResearchGate Press Office in Features
ResearchGate makes it easy to present your publications and share them with others. But how do you find what you need to carry your research forward? This is one of the questions we answer in our new FAQ that we’re introducing with this series of blog posts. Read part one on adding publications here, and part two on presenting them to your peers here.)
Discovering relevant research on ResearchGate
ResearchGate makes it possible to connect with the people behind the research. Our Publications section enables you to browse through publications from your network, which includes researchers you are following, your co-authors, researchers you cited, researchers who cited you, and department and institution colleagues.
Our publications database contains millions of publications, and is made up not only of peer-reviewed publications, but also non-peer-reviewed publications and supplementary resources, including raw data and results from failed experiments. This provides you with a holistic impression of researchers’ entire output – no matter if their research resulted in a prestigious journal entry or ended up in the rejection pile.
How can I find relevant publications?
Click Publications at the top of any ResearchGate page to go to your Publications Feed. This page gives you an overview of your entire network’s contributions, as well as new publications covering topics you’re following.
You can sort this list by Recently published or Forthcoming. You can also filter and view publications from your co-authors, researchers you cited, researchers who cited you, department colleagues, institution colleagues, and your network. Click Topics on the right-hand side of your Publications Feed to view the publications that have been tagged with the topics you’re following.
To explore similar research to what you see in your Publications Feed, click on the title of a publication. You’ll then see a list of Similar Publications on the right-hand side of the page.
How do I search for publications on ResearchGate?
Simply type the publication’s title in the search bar at the top of every page on ResearchGate. If the publication doesn’t immediately appear on the displayed list, choose the Publications filter on the right-hand side.
You can also use our Advanced Search to find even more publications tailored to your interests. Just click Publications at the top of any ResearchGate page, and then click Advanced Search in the right-hand column beneath the publications filters. Here, you’ll be able to search publications by keyword, and you can even paste in an abstract to find similar publications to the ones you’re reading.
We hope this blog post will help you to find what you’re looking for on ResearchGate. Our FAQ is a work in progress, so if there’s anything you’d like to see addressed, please let us know. Your feedback is invaluable to us.
Thursday, December 12. 2013ResearchGate Press Office in Features
ResearchGate is dedicated to helping you share your work with an ever-growing global network of scientists and researchers. As we described in our previous blog post, ResearchGate has streamlined adding publications to your profile to make the whole process as easy as possible.
Another question we'd like to adress as an introduction to our new FAQs is how we find your publications and how to best present this research to your peers.
Where does ResearchGate find my publications?
ResearchGate’s extensive publication database is compiled using publicly available metadata from other literature databases, including PubMed, NASA, and CiteSeer.
In most cases, any research you’ve published in a peer-reviewed journal will already be in our database. If there’s anything missing, you can also add your publications manually, meaning you can easily gain exposure for anything you want to add to your ResearchGate profile. We’re happy to report that ResearchGate members manually add hundreds of thousands of publications per month, meaning the latest research is always at your fingertips.
Why should I invite my co-authors to ResearchGate?
One way to make sure that your publications gain maximum exposure among your peers is by inviting your co-authors to join you on ResearchGate when you add publications to your profile. This way, they too can create a profile, confirm authorship of their work, and share it with their own network. Not only does this feature help you keep up with your colleagues' latest research, it also helps create a global, interdisciplinary network where you can find experts and research on any given topic – furthering potential for collaboration in the spirit of open science.
If you’d like your co-authors to join you, just ensure that the Invite my co-authors to ResearchGate box is checked when you’re adding publications, and where possible, an invitation will be sent. Invitations will only be sent if this box is checked. You can customize this feature at any time from your Account Settings.
We hope these answers were helpful. Our FAQ section is a work in progress, and we’re looking forward to hearing which questions you’d like to see included.
In our final edition of the FAQ blog post series, read more about how ResearchGate makes it easy to discover research relevant to your own work.
Wednesday, December 11. 2013ResearchGate Press Office in Features
Requests for an FAQ section about how to make the most of your ResearchGate experience have been flooding in – and we’ve been listening.
You can find the first set of questions and answers here, but for starters, we’d like to introduce this new FAQ section with a series of blog posts on the most common questions relating to publications.
This first post covers adding your own publications to your profile. Over the coming days we’ll look at connecting with the network of researchers behind the publications on ResearchGate, and discovering research that’s relevant to your own work.
Adding your publications to your profile
Adding your publications – including your raw and negative data – to your ResearchGate profile helps you make your entire research output visible and accessible. It also allows you generate an idea of your research’s impact by gaining an overview of who has cited your publications and your publications’ views and downloads. This makes it easy to find out who’s interested in your research and opens up new alleys for scientific collaboration. What’s more, by sharing your publications, you’re allowing more than three million ResearchGate members to build on existing knowledge in the spirit of open science.
Here’s how you can make sure your publications are correctly represented on your profile.
How can I add my publications to my profile?
ResearchGate makes adding publications to your profile easy. We try to group all of the publications in our database by author, using a name-matching algorithm. These groups of publications are called author profiles.
Author profiles streamline the authorship confirmation process, meaning you only need to confirm authorship of one of your publications to add a whole group of them to your profile. Finding and confirming authorship of your publications is easy.
If there are any publications that we didn’t find, you can add them to your profile using the Manual entry tool. To do this, follow steps one to three above, and move across to the Manual entry tab, then:
You’re all done! Your publications will now appear under the Contributions tab of your profile, visible to both ResearchGate members and the public.
We hope this blog post about adding publications was helpful to you. Do you have a question in mind that’s not included in our FAQs yet? Please share it with us. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
In our next blog post, learn more about where ResearchGate finds your publications.
We’re thrilled: our latest investor Bill Gates visited us at our headquarters here in Berlin yesterday!
He came to meet the team and see first-hand who’s working behind the scenes.
Bill Gates and Ijad Madisch at ResearchGate
Ijad Madisch, CEO of ResearchGate, took him on a tour of the office where he met all the bright minds who strive relentlessly to make the site even better for you, the researchers.
He’s confident about the direction we’re headed in:
We couldn’t do this without you. You’re the ones who use ResearchGate to change how science works by collaborating with your peers around the globe, sharing your results, and driving progress in science.
Thank you for being part of this exciting journey! We look forward to hearing from you on how we can improve ResearchGate even further.
On Saturday, November 30th, we’re opening our doors for our first-ever ResearchGate Developer Day. To all developers who happen to be in Berlin: join us at our headquarters (Invalidenstraße 115, 10115 Berlin) for a jam-packed day of exciting talks, fodder for thought and great food!
Our speakers will be covering everything from scaling problems, building recommender systems, to continuous performance testing and more. Check out our line-up below and make sure to sign up via Eventbrite.
Thursday, October 10. 2013ResearchGate Press Office in Events
We really enjoyed the Nobel Prize Week here at ResearchGate - even more so when we found out that we’ve got a few laureates among our members!
Congratulations go out to:
Click on the links to their profiles to find out more about the laureates and their research.
Our fingers are crossed for you!
Thursday, August 22. 2013ResearchGate Digital Team in Features
With more than 3 million highly skilled scientists and researchers using ResearchGate, there’s a good chance you’ll find your next employee among them. Posting a job on our new job board allows you to tap into this pool of experts, and we’ve added some new features to make it as simple as possible for you to:
ResearchGate members can simply follow the steps listed below to post a job. Recruiters and other employers can set up a free account for the job board in two easy steps here:
Feature your posts
Standard posts are free, but to further promote your posts to the perfect candidates, you can choose one of our featuring options (read more here). These featuring options come with a tracking feature that shows you how often your posts appear in searches, how many views they get and how many applications you receive via ResearchGate.
Manage your posts
You can now manage all your posts using your new job dashboard. Here you can edit your posts, see when they’re expiring and extend them. Soon you’ll be able to use the dashboard to add featuring options to your posts too.
Your feedback is invaluable to us, so we’re looking forward to hearing how you like our job board and how we can improve it.
Looking for highly skilled employees? Start posting jobs.
Friday, July 26. 2013ResearchGate Digital Team in
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We’ve heard a lot of feedback on how to better help you find your publications on ResearchGate, and we’re happy to say that we’ve made some significant improvements. If you’ve ever published under another name, you can now add an “alternative name” to your profile.
There are two ways to do this:
We hope you’ll notice an improvement, and we’re always open to hearing comments or suggestions on how we’re doing. You can visit our feedback forum to let us know what you think.
We appreciate your thoughts!
Wednesday, June 26. 2013ResearchGate Digital Team in
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A letter from Ijad, ResearchGate's CEO and co-founder.
Dear ResearchGate members,
Five years and one month after the first researcher signed up on May 28, 2008, ResearchGate has reached three million members. This means the world to me, and I want to say:
Thank you for being a part of ResearchGate!
I had the idea for ResearchGate when I was working in the lab and couldn't find an answer to a question I was struggling with. So with my friends Sören Hofmayer and Horst Fickenscher, I set out to provide you with a new infrastructure to keep you from experiencing the same isolation I experienced, and to help you find partners to collaborate with. Little did we know that ResearchGate would someday come so far, and you've led the way. Every day, you:
This is what it looks like when three million researchers collaborate worldwide.
You've also created a huge knowledge base of more than 50 million publications that is accessible to everyone and includes unique raw and negative data – a great resource for your peers and the next generation of researchers.
Our plan for the future is to open up science even further. I'd be delighted if you continue the journey with us!
With sincere thanks,
Tuesday, June 4. 2013ResearchGate Digital Team in
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We are very excited to announce the closing of a new round of investment by Bill Gates and Tenaya Capital with participation from Dragoneer Investment and Thrive Capital and our existing investors Benchmark and Founders Fund.
We couldn’t think of a better group of investors to support us in our mission to lead science into the digital age. They understand the relevance of what we’re doing – not only for science, but for society.
Our co-founder and CEO, Ijad, says: “We’re thrilled with this latest round of investment, and particularly that Bill Gates is now among our esteemed investors. His aim is to eradicate diseases such as malaria and polio. This cannot be done without major scientific advancements and making knowledge accessible for all. These goals are perfectly in line with ours.”
We see this investment as more than just a sign that ResearchGate is on the right track. It’s a big thumbs up to what you – more than 2.9 million researchers – have already achieved.
Thank you for being a part of ResearchGate! Your support and feedback are invaluable to us.
Read more about the funding here.
Monday, May 27. 2013ResearchGate Digital Team in
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We've just released two useful new features designed to help you customize your profile, showcase your work, and outline what you contributed to your publications.
Featured Publications lets you showcase your most recent, favorite, or best publications on your profile overview. This feature puts you in the driving seat and helps you create more exposure for your research. All you need to do is choose up to three of your publications to be displayed. Here's how it'll look:
We got the idea for Author Contributions from Sebastian Frische. Sebastian, an associate professor at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, wrote an article highlighting the need for a new system to make contributions in science more transparent. We took up the challenge. This is what he has to say about our new feature:
Friday, May 24. 2013ResearchGate Digital Team in Events
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Happy birthday dear ReseachGate, happy birthday to us!
Yesterday marked ResearchGate’s 5th anniversary, which we celebrated in style at our Berlin headquarters with a BBQ.Thank you for being a part of ResearchGate. Here’s to the past five years, and many more years to come!
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