Scholarly Reputation Building: How does ResearchGate Fare?

Published on Dec 31, 2016in International Journal of Knowledge Content Development and Technology
· DOI :10.5865/IJKCT.2016.6.2.067
David Nicholas39
Estimated H-index: 39
Eti Herman12
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David Clark8
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