1. How fast does it take to process my papers and upload them?
On average, once the full text has been submitted, the processing by the librarian takes 1-2 weeks. The metadata (i.e. citation details) will be publicly available and indexed in Google (and sometimes Google Scholar) soon after. However, for papers that are under embargo, the link to the full text will only be accessible after the appropriate embargo period has been observed.
2. Can I archive my papers in ResearchGate and Academia.edu?
Some publishers encourages sharing in institutional repositories, non-commercial subject repositories or personal websites, but specifically forbids sharing in for-profit commercial repositories and social networking sites such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu. So where such policies are in place, you may be in danger of violating these terms of service if you post an article on a social networking site. However, do check the self-archival policies of individual publishers in the SHERPA/ROMEO website to check which versions of an article are allowed to be deposited, and if a time delay (embargo) is required. For more information, check out this guide on the differences between social networking sites and your institutional repository.