Like Academia.edu, ResearchGate is a social networking site for scholars to share papers and find collaborators. This is not the equivalent of an institutional repository. It doesn’t meet all the necessary open access requirements, like long term preservation, metadata harvesting, etc. Above all it’s a commercial enterprise.
Cite this article as: OAResources, "ResearchGate," in Open Access Resources, September 10, 2018, https://oaresources.org/resources/researchgate/.