A quick search shows that there are a couple of questions involving ResearchGate. Would it be good to have a tag for such questions?

Of course, one could search for the questions just by the name, but as a tag, it could be prescribed for mail notifications too.

I would like to know the community's views before creating one.

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    It is worth pointing out that it seems to be a subset of the existing tag (social-media). The tag-info for this tag says: *Use of social media (e.g. Facebook, ResearchGate, blogs, etc.) by academics to engage with other academics or students and to disseminate and publicize their research."
    – Martin
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 11:54
  • @Martin I guess that would make up a good answer. Kindly move it to the answer section. By the way, do you think it would be wise to make a researchgate and make it a synonym of social-media?
    – Ébe Isaac
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 12:01
  • My comment was intended as a comment. Feel free to expand it to an answer, if you think that it somehow answers your question. (I am not sure it does.) Now I checked that there is also (facebook) tag. So it falls under more general tag and still has a separate tag. (I should add that I do not visit academia.SE too often, so I am not very familiar with tags used on this site. Probably it would be better to know the opinion of regular users on this.
    – Martin
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 12:10
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    Had to Google this... Thought ResearchGate was some scandal involving bogus statistics.
    – user8762
    Commented Sep 14, 2016 at 0:27

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Around the internet there are several social media and online reference managers that are more of less of interest to academics: Google Scholar, Academia.edu, ResearchGate, Mendeley, LinkedIn, Facebook etc.

At the moment, among them, only Google Scholar and Facebook have specific tags; the others have been divided between the more general tags and .

Google Scholar is clearly academic-oriented and in many fields it is relatively widespread, but probably cannot be easily classified either as a social media or a reference manager.

Facebook is a popular social media, not specifically geared toward academics, and it's explicitly mentioned in the description of . Moreover, has, to date, only 6 questions.

ResearchGate, which is explicitly mentioned in the description, has a quite controversial status among the academics, as outlined by several questions and answers in this community (I suspect that many academics use ResearchGate in a passive way: after having signed up, they let their profiles live their autonomous lives.):

  1. ResearchGate: an asset or a waste of time?
  2. Should I send a "cease-and-desist" letter to ResearchGate?
  3. Is it legal to add your publications to ResearchGate?

In addition, at the moment, there are 51 questions containing ResearchGate and 47 questions containing LinkedIn.

After this long preamble, my stance is the following: either we create a tag for each website or we don't, but having specific tags for websites already covered by more general tags looks inconsistent.

Therefore, my suggestion is: keep (because of 3rd paragraph above), burninate , and don't create ResearchGate.

Disclaimer: my suggestion above is biased by the fact that, as I confessed elsewhere, I'm not that passionate about tags. Probably, users who use tags extensively, like the OP, might have a completely different opinion.

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