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Increase Your Scholarly Impact

A self-service guide to help you increase your scholarly impact, provided by the Libraries' Scholarly Communications and Open Publishing Services.

Building an Online Scholarly Profile

Why Use Scholarship@Claremont (The Claremont Colleges Institutional Repository) when I have a ResearchGate or Academia.edu profile?

ResearchGate and Academia.edu are primarily academic social networking platforms. They are commercial sites whose aim is to connect researchers with common interests, much like LinkedIn. Scholarship@Claremont is a library-maintained institutional repository whose aim is to provide access, long-term preservation, and a central point for Claremont Colleges scholarship and creative works. 

Both academic social networking sites and institutional repositories have their place in scholarly communication. They serve different purposes and you should carefully evaluate the differences between networking sites and Scholarship@Claremont  

Recommendation: Submit your full-text document to Scholarship@Claremont  and link to it from a social networking site. This will ensure a stable link and best preservation practices for your scholarship.

Below is a list of differences between academic social networking sites and Scholarship@Claremont:

Scholarship@
Claremont

Academia.edu ResearchGate
Long-term preservation Yes No No
Faculty profiles are curated under the umbrella of The Claremont Colleges Yes No No
Provides detailed analytic reports of downloads and impact Yes No No
Wants your address book No Yes Yes
Fulfills requirements funder policies Yes No No