If you've been posting your work on ResearchGate or Academia.edu, you may wonder why it would be worth it to also put your work in Touro Scholar. Here are some of the reasons:
•These are both social networks, not repositories ("Facebook for researchers")
•Their primary purpose is to connect like-minded researchers, not preserve research
•Do not actually permit extracting information into an IR in their terms of service
•Independent for-profits that can close down at any time, and are under no obligation to warn their users
•If either site faces any legal claims arising from things users upload to the site, it is the user’s financial responsibility
•Will use your address book and Facebook contacts if you let them
(From the Office of Scholarly Communication, University of California, A social networking site is not an open access repository. Retrieved from http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2015/12/a-social-networking-site-is-not-an-open-access-repository/)
As an example of what you might be giving away when using such services, this is an excerpt from Academia.edu's terms (checked 3/21/2016):
"By making any Member Content available through the Site or Services, you hereby grant to Academia.edu a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, sublicenseable, perpetual, royalty-free license to reproduce, modify for formatting purposes, prepare derivative works based upon, publicly display, publicly perform, distribute, and otherwise use your Member Content in connection with operating and providing the Services and Content to you and to other Members. Academia.edu does not claim any ownership rights in any Member Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any Member Content."
We encourage you to post materials to Touro Scholar, which does have preservation of your work in mind. In addition, we double-check all copyright clearance, so you don't have to worry that you're violating publishers' policies! Posting to Touro Scholar will make sure that your work is in one place, and thus will allow you to keep track of who's viewing your research.
(Some material excerpted from http://libguides.udayton.edu/ecommons/othermedia)