In the academic field, ResearchGate and Academia.edu are the two most popular SNSs in use.
Some open access repositories collect the research output of a particular institution (institutional repositories) while others collect the research output of a particular field (subject repositories).
Emory University's institutional repository of faculty scholarship is called OpenEmory. It is search engine optimized, so any content in OpenEmory will show up in a Google search.
Some popular subject repositories include arXiv, serving science and math scholars and SocArXiv, serving social scientists.
- SNSs are not in the business of preservation. They make no guarantee that the research will be there in the future.
- OpenEmory is committed to preservation. Emory University has made a strong commitment to preserving and providing permanent access to the scholarly output of our faculty.
- SNSs are for-profit businesses. While they allow you to join for free, they profit off you and your research through advertising without paying you any royalties.
- OpenEmory is a not-for-profit, free service created and maintained through Emory University's Library and Information Technology Services unit. There are no ads.
- SNSs like ResearchGate and Academia.edu email you a lot. They use email as their primary mechanism for encouraging authors to upload research content onto their sites.
- OpenEmory collects content through faculty CV review and self-deposit through Emory FIRST. OpenEmory does not send out unsolicited emails to faculty at all.
- SNSs want access to your address book and your other social network data (i.e., Facebook, Google, etc.). They can use this data to recruit your peers to their service, using you as the carrot.
- OpenEmory is a service for Emory University faculty. We do not require or request access to a faculty member's social networks in order to operate our service.
- While SNSs provide some warnings about complying with publisher policies about copyright infringement when you upload articles, they leave the final decision to you. They do not vet content that is uploaded to the system to make sure it complies with publisher policies.
- OpenEmory is staff-mediated; when an article is uploaded, our staff reviews it to make sure it complies with the publisher policy; If it doesn't comply, we work with you to make a different version of the article available
1 Social Networking Site [Def. 1]. In Dictionary.com . Retrieved October 18, 2017, from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/social-networking-site2 Open Access Repository [Def. 2]. In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_access_repository