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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers and Social Networks: Maximise your Impact

Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher.

What is Academia.edu?

Academia.edu is a social networking platform for academics.

Its mission is to provide a system for scientists to share their results, independently of the current journal system.

https://www.academia.edu/about

Why create a profile on Academia.edu?

You can use Academia.edu to:

  • Share your research publications,
  • Monitor analytics such as the number of views of your documents or profile and
  • Follow other researchers in your field.

Academia.edu profiles often appear high in Google searches, so a profile can be a great way to promote your research.

Full-text publications uploaded to Academia.edu profiles are indexed by Google Scholar.

Considerations and Risks

Before you create an Academia.edu profile or upload any publications you should consider the risks and issues involved, such as security, confidentiality and copyright.

Please note: even though its domain name has the extension: '.edu', Academia.edu is a for-profit company.

Researchers should be aware of their publishers’ policies on sharing their publications, ie. which version/s can be used and on which platforms they can be uploaded.

Publishers are increasingly vigilant about infringement of their copyright on these platforms.  See for assistance How Can I Share It:

ARC and NHMRC advise against the use of platforms such as Academia.edu in the specific context of researchers meeting their OA policy compliance requirements, as they  lack the necessary commitment the funders seek to long-term preservation, data reuse, publisher copyright requirements and end-user privacy afforded by institutional repositories.  See http://www.arc.gov.au/arc-open-access-policy-version-20171

UoM has an institutional repository – Minerva-Access – which takes care to observe publisher sharing policies and which, in terms of discovery via Google and Google Scholar, compares favourably with RG and Academia.edu

More information can be found on the Considerations and Risks tab of this guide:

How to create an Academia.edu profile

  1. Go to Academia.edu and sign up by entering your name, email and password.
  2. Add research publications to your profile.
  3. Follow people in your field.