Academia.edu – The Linkedin for Academics


A team of people from Stanford and Cambridge have recently launched a website, Academia.edu, which is being billed as a "LinkedIn for academics".

4 months after launching, there are now over 30,000 academics on Academia.edu. It has 67% of 2008’s Nobel Laureates on it, and many of the world’s most well-known academics:

- Richard Dawkins – http://oxford.academia.edu/RichardDawkins

- Stephen Hawking – http://cambridge.academia.edu/StephenHawking

- Noam Chomsky – http://mit.academia.edu/NoamChomsky

- Steven Pinker – http://harvard.academia.edu/StevenPinker

- Paul Krugman – http://princeton.academia.edu/PaulKrugman

Academia.edu does two things:

- It shows every academic around the world in a tree diagram, displayed according to their departmental and university affiliations.

- It enables academics to find out the latest research in their area – the latest people, papers and talks.

The goal is for Academia.edu to eventually list every academic in the world — Faculty Members, Post-Docs, Graduate Students.

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Gautam is a HR professional interested in how emerging technologies are impacting work, careers and organizations.

Posted on March 4, 2009, in networking, online and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Gautam, a related tool for academics is Mendeley (http://www.mendeley.com, I’m a co-founder). Mendeley is two things: Free academic desktop software (available for Windows, Mac and Linux) for managing & sharing research papers, and a website where you can back up and manage your research papers, discover research trends, and connect to like-minded researchers.

    Our vision is to create a “Last.fm for Research” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzJbrA9EY7A), and we recently closed a US$2 million funding round with some people behind Skype, Last.fm and Warner (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/25/mendeley-snags-2-million-in-early-stage-funding-for-research-paper-management-tool).

    I hope you like it – let me know if you have any questions!

    Best wishes
    Jan (jan.reichelt@mendeley.com)

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