Today I deleted the content I had uploaded to Academia.edu and closed my account. I took this action after contacting Academia.edu multiple times about the deceptive emails they send to get people to sign up for their premium service.
I’m looking for a more ethical alternative service. If you have one you like to use to share your scholarly work, please feel free to mention it in a comment here.
Update added Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Two articles about for-profit companies using scholarly work produced by others to make money:
- Sarah Bond, Forbes, “Dear Scholars: Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu” January 23, 2017
- Kirsten Bell (the anthropologist, not the actress), Why Academia.edu is not the answer that proponents of open access have been looking for and why many academics don’t care (but should), NotKirstenBell.com, 17 October 2016
Two not-for-profit companies providing ways to share scholarly research without getting flooded with SPAM:
I am still reading about these organizations and other efforts to provide true Open Access for my own work. If you know of others, please share them.