With the growth of online science networks, geography and economics no longer dictate how research is undertaken or published, finds Smriti Mallapaty.
Just as matchmaking sites connect romance-seekers based on their relationship compatibility, new academic social networks are connecting scientists based on their professional research interests.The article mentions:
"(T)he most popular countries for ResearchGate and Mendeley are Brazil, China, India and Indonesia, with between 19,000 to 250,000 users in each country."
The article also lists Chinese sites:
"MedicineAfrica designed an online tutorial space and social network modeled on Facebook but specifically aimed at healthcare professionals."
The Synaptic Leap — in an open-source process of scientific development initiated in an effort to develop cheaper drugs for the parasitic infection schistosomiasis.
Here is a related article on Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD).