Should I upload my research to a Social Networking Site or Pure?

Answered By: Open Access Team
Last Updated: Nov 27, 2019     Views: 33

Many researchers share their work online through social networking sites such as or ResearchGate. These sites are extremely useful and allow researchers to create their own profiles, promote their work and connect with other researchers. However, you may wish to consider depositing your work in an institutional repository instead of, or as well as, a social networking site.

See our blog on 'Using a social networking site versus using an institutional repository' to find out why.

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Comments (2)

  1. I get regular requests for full-text versions of papers on ResearchGate, which are normally available through pure. I don't particularly want to maintain two resources, so is it reasonable to expect people to find the full-text through Pure?
    by Geoff Cunningham on Nov 25, 2019.
  2. Hi Geoff, thanks for your comment. For a fuller explanation of why we recommend uploading to Pure please see (this link was broken -apologies - and has now been fixed). Essentially there are two key reasons to (in your case additionally) upload to Pure:
    1. Ensuring compliance with the OA Policy for REF, and therefore eligibility for REF submission.
    2. Peace of mind about publishers' archiving/re-use conditions (eg. embargoes, copyright statements) having been applied on your behalf, by the OA Team, before anything is made public.

    Research outputs uploaded to Pure are discoverable via Google searches, so direct searching via the QUB Research Portal is not required to find these.

    Best wishes,

    Open Access Team
    by Open Access Team on Nov 27, 2019.

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