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Although quite popular in academic circles (Ovadia, 2014), I prefer all of the services listed below, especially ORCID, to the corporate entities ResearchGate.net and Academia.edu. Please keep in mind that the same concerns around privacy and the monetization of data shared on corporate social media platforms (e.g., FaceBook) apply to services such as ResearchGate Corp and Academia.edu, despite the latter's (deceptive) .edu domain. There are other problems with these platforms. For example, ResearchGate's RG score appears to be driven primarily by "members' engagement in the social network, and only secondarily by publications," and for that reason is a very poor indicator of impact (Copiello and Bonifaci, 2016).
Remember to share your work via our own library's digital repository so that others including scholars in the Global South can access your research for free and without having to create ResearchGate.net or Academica.edu accounts.
I recommend the following services to find a scholar's profile or create your own: