Say you’re a U.S. cancer researcher working on a new targeted therapy. You want to begin clinical trials, but you need to refine your participant criteria. No one you work with knows enough about your area to give you accurate advice. You’ve heard that “the Europeans” are involved in similar studies. How do you go about finding these scientists across the world and assessing whether or not their work is a match to yours?

In short: ResearchGATE

ResearchGATE allows researchers to find groups, papers, and fellow researchers who share similar interests and expertise. It uses concepts similar to social networking’s Facebook and LinkedIn, where scientists join an online community and connect with others around the globe to collaborate on projects.

To learn more about ResearchGATE, check out the links I’ve provided below.

Bloomberg Businessweek