Moving on from Academia.edu and Researchgate

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If you’re looking for my profile on ResearchGate or Academia.edu, you won’t find it. That’s because I’ve deleted my accounts.

There are two reasons for my decision.

First, these sites are for-profit. They capitalize on the labor of academics. I find this especially abhorrent given that one of them hides behind a .edu web address. With what university are they affiliated? I believe that all scientific work should be freely available. I make my work available on my own website, where possible. I’d like to publish solely in open-access journals, but that can be expensive, especially when one has no grant to cover publishing charges. Whatever is the case, I don’t want to continue supporting websites that make money off my work without giving something back.

Others have made a better case for why this is a good reason to cancel your accounts, so I will let you read what they’ve said instead of trying to paraphrase. See, for example, “The Day I Removed my Publications from Academia & Research Gate“.

Second, I find it burdensome to keep my profiles updated. And, see my first reason for canceling: I don’t want these companies to profit off my work without sharing that profit with me.

Farewell. Adieu. Selamat tinggal.

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