Academia.edu is a free social networking platform for academics to communicate and share research papers. The Academia.edu community is the first social media service specifically for researchers, and it has already gathered more than 63 million users (2018) from around the world. The service allows its users to create a profile, upload work(s), select areas of interests and browse the networks of people with similar interests.
Sign up and create your profile
You can create your personal profile by signing up to the service with your own e-mail or using a Google or a Facebook account.
Share your publications and remember check copyright
In Academia.edu, you can share your publications and access publications by others. You can also ask about and discuss academic subjects or ask for comments for your manuscript. Academia.edu allows you to follow your publications’ impact along with your academic field and its researchers. The articles uploaded into the service are well visible in Google searches.
Keep copyrights and embargo dates in mind before uploading your publications into Academia.edu. Verify from your publisher, funder or your research organisation that you have the right to share research material. If the publisher has not defined a separate policy regarding data sharing within researcher networking services, you can check publishers’ self-archiving policies in the Sherpa/Romeo service (notice that uploading manuscripts/articles to these kind of networking services is not considered as official self-archiving).