With the growth of online science networks, geography and economics no longer dictate how research is undertaken or published, finds Smriti Mallapaty.
Just as matchmaking sites connect romance-seekers based on their relationship compatibility, new academic social networks are connecting scientists based on their professional research interests.
These sites obviously lack the general appeal of Facebook, which topped one billion users last month.
But in the last five years ResearchGate, Mendeley and Academia.edu have each generated a user base of almost two million users. Mendeley has seen an increase of 1.5 million in just 12 months. (...) - by Smriti Mallapaty, SciDev.Net, 7 novembre 2012