Academic social networking sites allow researchers to share their research and connect with peers in their field.
Two of the most widely used platforms are ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Both platforms allow users to:
Important things to note:
ResearchGate is used by over 12 million researchers, who have shared over 100 million publications. It is used by a larger number of researchers in science-related fields such as medicine, biology, and engineering.
(Source: Fact Sheet on https://www.researchgate.net/press)
Some citation managers also have social sharing and following functions. If you already use these platforms to manage your research, you may be interested in exploring the networking options they offer.