A Study of Student and University Teaching Staff Presence on ResearchGate and in Spain

  • Mar Iglesias-GarcíaEmail author
  • Cristina González-Díaz
  • Lluís Codina
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 503)


The main function of a Scientific Social Network (SSN) is to provide researchers and academics with a channel through which to promote their work and make their findings available to others. However, as of today, the majority of studies published on SSN sites (which have been assumed to be used almost exclusively by university teaching staff) provide only a partial picture of the overall SSN user community. Research reported in this article was conducted to test the hypothesis that although the majority of SSN profiles belong to university teaching staff, an ever-growing number of undergraduate, masters and doctoral students are actively using these platforms. An analysis of tallies of ResearchGate and profiles attributable to two distinct groups (university teaching staff on the one hand and undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students on the other) within five different Spanish academic communities indicates that university students at all levels now account for a significant percentage of the total ResearchGate and profiles created and maintained in Spain.


Scientific social networks (SSN) Spanish universities Researchgate 



This research was carried out as a part of project “Active Audiences and Journalism: Interactivity, Web Integration and Findability of Journalistic Information CSO2012-39518-C04-02”, which is funded by the National Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mar Iglesias-García
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cristina González-Díaz
    • 1
  • Lluís Codina
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Alicante (UA)San Vicente Del RaspeigSpain
  2. 2.University Pompeu Fabra (UPF)BarcelonaSpain

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