Academia.edu is a social networking website created by and designed for academics, so that they can have a community which gives them the ability to stay current and plugged in to their fields.
According to their homepage, Academia.edu is “a growing community of 3,982,720 researchers” which hosts over five million unique visitors each month. And unlike traditional social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, the main goal of this website is to allow socialization and sharing within academic fields.
A lot of emphasis is placed on this site being a hub where people can easily post their academic papers, which allows colleagues from around the world to help accelerate the research process.
But Academia.edu also gives their users the ability to monitor “deep analytics” on the impact of their research and track the latest research being conducted in their area of academia they follow.
While current popular networking sites have also helped academics from all over the world connect and communicate, this website is specifically designed for that purpose, which makes it easier to do the type of communicating which these professionals are looking for.
The website is intended to foster a professional and communal environment for networking, listing citations, and file sharing, and keeps academics up to date on the latest people, papers, and talks in their field.
Like other networking sites, this one also provides a mobile app so that you can keep connected at all times and receive updates, in order to better fulfill their promise of keeping academics up to date.
With this type of public sharing, a lot of concern has been voiced about potential copyright issues which may arise from the use of this site and your personal work, but Academia.edu says that they honor and enforce all copyright laws and will remove any files or users which infringe upon these rights.
If you have any experience with this site, please leave your Academia.edu reviews below.
17 ‘Academia.edu’ Reviews
They say that they are an Educational Literally
Organization for Knowledge and Culture,
but they violate GDPR and use the articles,
to get information,
for their own interest!
They are FREEMASONS and hidden Sects,
behind FAKE EDUCATIONAL PROFILE,
who want followers,
for ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES!
They use E-mail TRACKING,
to track your E-mails!
STAY AWAY FROM THEM!
They use Lawyers in Cyprus to help these illegal activities!
I signed up to find papers about postage stamps. I found a few but I've been barraged with emails about my name being mentioned in papers. I have to switch to premium to see this information. No way, at the price mentioned! I have since unsubscribed to all their emails (and there are many different categories!).
Since I signed up to their website I get emails about all these papers being listed under my name. I have never uploaded any papers on this website and wonder if someone hack my username and password and uploading papers under my account. So I click on the help tab on their website and get this message for my web browser "Your connection is not private Attackers might be trying to steal your information from support.academia.edu (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards)." I now feel like they already have.
Academia.edu is providing a platform for people to post enter textbooks in violation of copyright laws.
They sent ma an email to apply for a grant- The United States if America- “ no matches found” Whaaaaaatttt? Then I put Japan- I don’t think there are any grants- Then they said - “ one paper with your name “ went to see- “ that will be $8.95-whaaaaaatttttt? RIP OFFFFFFFFFF
I find it astonishing to read so many negative comments about academia.edu. I know of no other publication that regularly gives me information about other scholars, many of them international, who are writing in some of the same areas that I write.
Like others have mentioned, it scams you by claiming things that are not. For instance, 510 mentions. You pay the $79 fee. The mentions are of a Joachim P. Err, my name is Jer H.B. How on EARTH do you confuse those two for each other?!
Research, Study and write it on a presentable manner which involves lots of hard work and then you pay to know who are your readers and who have mentioned about your papers. Isn't it a scam ?
They charge $99 not the $8.99/month advertised and, as said here, they offer no customer service. I wish I'd read these reviews.
TODAY I RECEIVED AN EMAIL F SCAMROM ACADEMIA.COM STATING THAT I WAS MENTIONED IN 7 PAPERS AND 1 BOOK. I SIGNED UP FOR 1 MO AT8.99 PER ONLY TO HAVE MY PAYPAL ACCOUNT BE BILLED FOR 99.99. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS IS THE CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER THEY PROVIDE IS UNMANNED. I LEFT A MESSAGE. I CANCELLED THE ACCOUNT AND NOW I HAVE NO WAY TO REQUEST A REFUND. I WISH TO HAVE A FULL REFUND. I DO NOT LIKE DOING BUSINESS WITH SHADY INTERNET COMPANIES THAT WILLINGLY TAKE YOUR MONEY BUT THEN MAKE YOU JUMP OVER HOOPS TO CONTACT THEM AND GET A REFUND. DO NOT GO FOR THAT SCAM
I registered to look at a paper, now I keep getting emails stating that my name was mentioned in papers This website is a scam made to make money off of students and individual in high academia wishing to share research with one another.
total scam where people post only partial pieces of information hoping offering to sell you the completed copies after you download the first bit. I'm going to have to run a complete scan and possible reformat of my hardrive after downloading something off of there.
I realize saintlike behavior doesn't come standard with companies competing in a free market---and don't get me wrong: I'm a Premium subscriber, big fan and supporter of Academia.edu---but with that said, the veracity of their marketing strategy is questionable to say the least. For example, I just received an email from them that contains this quote from an unnamed "Professor of History at Princeton University":
"I uploaded a recent article. Normally this article would have been read by 5-6 people in 2 years. I got 20 views within a few minutes, and 100 views within the next month. Academia.edu is the best thing that has ever happened to my research."
Setting aside the fact that this looks suspiciously made-up to begin with, a very high percentage of these so-called "views" Academia.edu loves to brag about originate from search terms that resemble---but have nothing to do with---a person's research. Assuming a real history prof actually submitted that review, it's highly likely that among all those "100 views" he or she supposedly received during the first month, one or two at the most were legitimate.
It seems strange to me that if you use your Google account to log in, academia.edu looks through your contact list. Seems like they don't need anything more than your name and e-mail address.
Better to make a separate account than use Google to log in, I'd say, until they clear up what they're using those contacts for.
In Academia.edu they use web crawling robots to scan for publications and other social networks to gather personal information (including pictures) and co-authorship data of researchers. Then they automatically generate profiles and send your co-authors invitations to join the network pretending that it is you. If one of your co-authors clicks on a link of the e-mail it will automatically generate a profile for you co-author without asking for permission nor informing about the legal terms and conditions.
There are several illegal aspects in that procedure, identity theft to start with.