I use ResearchGate, why would I use the IR too?
A few reasons! While Scholarship@Western is committed to openness and re-use of data, social networking sites like ResearchGate do not permit users to take their own data for re-use elsewhere. Additionally, while library professionals and data specialists staff our IR to ensure long-term preservation, ResearchGate is an independent for-profit company that could potentially discontinue its service at any time. For more, see "University of California Office of Scholarly Communication": A social networking site is not an open access repository.