Kelvin Smith Library
Research communities are very important for the promotion of your scholarship. Actively participating in one or more will give you ample opportunity to reach the right audience for your work and make it easier for others to discover your work because of the high traffic on their platforms. Finding the right community depends on the discipline and personal interests. Some of the most effective communities are ResearchGate, Academia.edu, Mendeley, and Twitter. ResearchGate seems to be more popular for physical sciences, health sciences, and engineering while Academia.edu seems to be more popular for humanities and social sciences. Mendeley and Twitter have no disciplinary inclinations; however, one has to actively investigate to find the right community.