Yesterday, it a fit of procrastination, I updated my ResearchGate profile, adding recently published papers.
I wish I hadn’t bothered.
Today I have been deluged (and I exaggerate only slightly – OK, perhaps more than slightly) with requests for copies of one of these papers.
This paper isn’t available only in the University of Bergen library in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of The Leopard”.
Nor does it languish behind Elsevier’s monstrous paywalls.
It is in an open-access journal, available to read by anybody who cares to click on this link. Except that ResearchGate does not provide that link nor any other, instead it encourages readers to “request full-text” from me. Why? To encourage me to upload a copy of my paper to halt the requests. Why? I have no idea – I cannot see that it serves any useful purpose to host a copy of an open-access paper on ResearchGate.
While I am gratified that so many people are interested in reading my work, ResearchGate could have lightened the load on my email by simply linking to my paper.