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Scholarly Identity: A Guide

A guide on how to manage, promote, and protect your online scholarly identity as a current or future researcher, academic, or scholar.

Academia.edu Features

Academia.edu is a for-profit, social networking platform for researchers to share papers and connect. Features include:

  • Ability to share research papers and presentations - Be sure you have the rights to share your article
  • News feed based on your interests - can lead to finding relevant papers and collaborators
  • Recommends academics to connect with based on who you've cited, who you follow, and your selected discipline                                                                                                                                                 
  • Grant and funding database: focus is on STEM but does contain some social sciences-related funding opportunities ($$$)
  • Once entirely free, now many of the features are only available through a membership ($$; Academia Premium) model or one-time fee.
  • Connects with ORCID, Google Scholar, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Need to have an account to view the profiles of others
  • Includes metrics so can see who has viewed your profile or papers

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Concerns

  • Academia.edu is very limiting and makes a lot of what was once freely shared, only available to members ($$)
  • Now the only people who can access your papers are limited to subscribers
  • The .edu domain is deceiving. Academia.edu would no longer be eligible for a .edu domain, since it's a private for-profit company not connected to an institute of education.
  • Not a true repository, access is limited, and the goal of the site is not tied to long-term preservation and access. 
  • Has received numerous take-down orders from publishers - Academia.edu encourages researchers to upload their papers, even when they don't have the right
  • Lots of spam. May also spam colleagues
  • Can pay a fee to have your paper Recommended to others
  • Restricts full search results to Premium subscribers

Pooley, J. (Jan 7 2018). Metrics mania: The case against academia.edu. The Chronicle of Higher Education. https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Case-Against-Academiaedu/242141

Bond,S. (Jan 23 2017). Dear scholars, delete your account at academia.edu. Forbeshttps://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/01/23/dear-scholars-delete-your-account-at-academia-edu/#3f4fd6642d62

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