Academia.edu anyone?

I have long, long since unsubscribed from all e-mails from academia.edu, and I’ve very largely ignored it for years. I‘ve certainly never dabbled with the “pro” version. I did upload copies of IFL and IGT when I had recovered the copyright, and later replaced the old TYL Guide.  But otherwise I’ve kept my presence there pretty minimal and not used the site at all.

However, I was alerted recently to the fact that a (very) old version of my notes of category theory were still being downloaded from there. So I thought I should either replace those notes or perhaps just remove myself from academia.edu (as I had got the impression that it really isn’t in favour).

I was a bit staggered to find, then, that despite the non-activity on my part and despite still having only eight live pieces there, the site reports 175K “views” over the years. I’m pretty sceptical. But I did find hundreds of recent messages from downloaders that I’d not acknowledged (apologies, then, to those who thought I was just being rude!).

So I’ve decided to keep my profile there for the moment. But is academia.edu really much used these days?  What do people use instead, if anything?

4 thoughts on “Academia.edu anyone?”

  1. as someone only trying to read papers, i’ve had nothing but trouble from them, making a new account every time and coming back to find it’s been banned…

    1. Yes, I quite agree about the spam-style nagging (which is why I signed off all their emails). I’m inclined on balance to leave some PDFs there, though, because I get the impression that various readers — perhaps not regular university students, say –do visit the site and find the access it provides to PDFs useful.

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