I’ve removed the few uploaded articles I had at Academia.edu, in part because of its attempts to monetize content. Like Google apps, which changes features all the time (remember the Google equivalent of Bloglines?), Academia.edu is going in a direction that doesn’t look trustworthy because, as Timothy Burke suggests, sooner or later it’s going to start charging authors for content posting.
The Academia.edu excuse of “well, it’ll be like paying to publish in an open access journal” is a complete nonstarter for several reasons. First, paying to publish in the humanities, where we don’t have the STEM community’s access to grants in the seven figures (or, let’s be honest, the four-figure range), is something that most of us not only won’t but can’t consider. Second, we have a well-established and entirely rational distrust of organizations (looking at you, Yelp) that allow paid sponsorship to trump authentic ratings, as this new Academia.edu model would. Third, why would you need Academia.edu with the ability to put, publicize, or find your work in other places?
- MLA Commons: https://commons.mla.org/
- Institutional Repositories such as WSU’s Research Exchange: https://research.wsulibs.wsu.edu:8443/xmlui/handle/2376/5613
- Digital Commons: http://digitalcommons.bepress.com/
- Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com)(https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=0KZycHYAAAAJ&hl=en)
- Your own site (http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/news.htm)
Did I delete the Academia.edu account? Why bother? The links all now lead elsewhere (Research Exchange). But now it’s just one other place to identify work, and it’s no longer primus inter pares.