Some of these comments are simply stupid, certainly raising the question as to whether negative critiques are written for purposes other than the intent of the website. There is no charge for using academia.edu unless you want to upgrade, which I have never done. Further, academia.edu puts you in touch with very many articles related to you own areas of interest, making it unnecessary to use other research tools that are not as accessible. Additionally, the awareness of articles in your area of interest allows access to compatible scholars with whom one can establish a collegial relationship. If people post articles that have been copyrighted elsewhere, that is not the fault of academia.edu but rather of the poster. Generally, I find the website extremely useful.
Review by GRMcCK2 weeks ago
Ah its the worst. Most papers written in broken English with no referencing. Don't waste your time
Review by Trimbool1 month ago
I have downloaded paers from the site as a free user, and on that count have no complaints.
I have, however, upgraded to Premium. There little helpful data that can actually be obtained, e.g., I cannot find out really useful information on who is downloading my work o viewing my site.
In addition, about two weeks after enrolling in Premium and being chareged for it, the site now does not recognize my Premium status and does not let me access any of those features. It takes 72 hours to get a Help reply and even so I have not received any help within that time-frame.
Review by Ciportos Gharani2 months ago
Oh my god.
Review by Goobi Shakyawal2 months ago
Academia.edu purports to be an analytics and connectivity site for those in academia by allowing users to share their research publications and receive recommendation for research that might be of interest. It’s a very good idea with very professional looking pages and a seemingly large staff. However, attempting to use the page or the app (without signing up for premium) seems to do very little of value. The lack of a somewhat functional basic/free app suggests Academia is not trustworthy and is likely a scam. That the free trial is one week is also a red flag. If Academia is legit, it’s team should consider how their forward facing presence to those who haven’t subscribed affects their perceived value and reputation.
Review by Pakkapol3 months ago
DO NOT SUBSCRIBE!!!! It is virtually impossible to unsubscribe.
THESE PEOPLE ARE TRASH
Review by Laalshippy3 months ago
simply scam, seems like a bunch of silly sharks behind it.
What I do not get is why they are allowed to use a .edu domain.
Review by Souleyman4 months ago
Academia is a rip off. I made the mistake and signed up only to cancel 30 minutes later after realizing their service was not going to help me in any way. They refused to reimburse me my money. Unethical folks (Hannah). Please whatever you do, do not sign up. Very little value. I signed up with Course Hero - night and day difference. Value add and ethical. So please don't make the mistake I made. Warn others
Review by Soteris4 months ago
After opening a free account in order to find articles for my studies, I started getting emails from Academia.edu claiming that there has been new research published that contains my name or references my publications. It's been entirely random and very obviously fake information (e.g. foreign universities, publications in other languages, areas of research that have nothing to do with me, but first and foremost because I have no publications online that could be referenced by other researchers). Of course, they won't let me see any details without signing up for a paid account. This is such an obvious and blatant lie to lure people in to pay money, it meets the legal definition of a fraud. This service has no right to operate in the .edu domain and should be shut down as scammers they are.
Review by Cruising6 months ago
This outfit sends out fase email about references. There is no way that I could find to cancel within the 30 day trial period.
You will be charged for $99.00 every year. They contest your credit card dispute.
Review by Jamyan7 months ago
I used to have a free account with them through my main Google account. I deleted it after being spammed with hundreds of emails from academia saying I was referenced countless times, which was impossible as I haven't published anything yet!
I made the mistake to re-open an account with them when I decided to continue my academic career, using my university email account. Well my account got flagged for suspicious activity WITH AN OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY EMAIL ACCOUNT. I was never flagged for any activity with a normal gmail account in 4 years!!
Academia edu should close down for good as it has not only encountered several copyright issues but it clearly makes actual researchers' life difficult. Maybe it is all a plot to steal their work while flagging their accounts as suspicious and keep them from accessing their work.
Review by Kellianne Bowdrey9 months ago
I was shocked to find out that Academia.edu posts copyright material on Google Scholar with no permission from the authors. This is illegal. Even afer one delets the academia account they still continue their illegal activity. They need to be stopped!
Review by CustomerBert11 months ago
Review by Meeesh1 year ago
Academia said my study focusing on a health issue was being read by their subscribers. I have never provided Academia with this or any other report. I believe that when I have sent this report on pdf to various recipients using various email providers, it was hijacked (stolen) and then maybe sold to Academia. When I write to them asking for a link so I can read exactly which version they have in their possession, they just respond with a request for my credit card! They should be closed down. Wonder how many suckers they have taken money from under false pretences?
Review by Grear1 year ago
they scam you, to get u to sign up.
Review by NeverNotKev1 year ago
Some information is available from the start, while other articles require you to actually pay to be able to read stuff. Your mail is constantly spammed with letters that your name is mentioned in various papers when it really isn't. Knowledge should be free and accessible to anyone, right?
Review by Tudosa Morr1 year ago
I had a very bad experience with Academia.edu which insulted my personality, violated my human rights, and harmed my reputation.
I logged in my account last Sunday to reply to a message I received from a member. Then, I realized that I had difficulties to log in. After some attempts and using my social media login, I saw a message on my dashboard that my account was frozen because it had been flagged as suspicious.
It looked very odd but I followed the instructions and submitted all required information.
Unfortunately, it was Sunday and obviously, a manual review could not be done quickly,
Next, I tried to see my profile-website because I was and I had paid a premium subscription and I saw that I was unable to download even my own documents.
My problem with this situation is as follows:
1. In democracies, we are all innocents until someone or an authority proves that we guilty. They froze my account without giving any explanation and without giving me the opportunity to support myself. They just adopted a flag and froze my account until I prove my innocence!
2. Freezing my account, I had no access to my document and my high rating was not visible.
3. A flagged account as suspicious harmed my personality and my reputation as well as my human rights.
4. Once they examine or believe that I my account is suspicious, why do they accept my money for the premium subscription?
I wrote all of the above to Academia.edu but I have not received a response yet. Actually, I was so sorry for this development and the fact that they like my money but they are not sure about my credibility, and I decided to delete my account on Sunday night or Monday. I left a message with the above also.
The account deleted but no response yet.
They do not care!
And one more thing: I respect their policy and I support all measures aiming at securing reliability and safety. But their policy is just ridiculous. Why? Anyone can flag an account as suspicious. Imagine a member to flag the half accounts. Then, the half academia.edu will be frozen (?)
I think that this not an intelligent, secure, efficient and proactive policy.
It is rather an anti-democratic practice that shows the lack of modern security systems and policies.
Also, I wrote to Academia.edu that I have provided all required information for their check and the fact that I am an MBA student and a research manager in London and Zurich.
Note that I was in the top 0.5% of the researchers at academia.edu.
Lastly, another sign of their culture is that there is not an obvious link (menu) to contact them. I believe that it is the minimum for transparency and credibility of a website. Instead, they have a support menu. You have to enter a question such as "contact". Then you receive some answers and one links to a page where you can send a message.
If I am not blind, a contact form or link is not visible on their website.
I will send a link to this review and wonder if they pay any attention.
Thanks to Trustpilot, we can share our experiences and protect other customers.
If I am wrong, I am more than willing to accept my mistake and publicly apology.
Also, read this from Forbes
JAN 23, 2017
Title: Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu (google it)
Review by FHallows1 year ago
SPAM. MISLEADING CAMPAIGN!!!!!!!!
Review by Joandee1 year ago
This site, with which I have never had any connection, has been spamming me regularly informing me of supposed references to me in papers on that site - but it is clear from the spam message body text that the references are simply to my name, and are *very* unlikely indeed to be mentions of me at all, seeing that there is no earthly reason why I'd get mentions in the sort of papers that would be submitted to them, and that there are pleny of other Philip Goddards! So, this is spamming, pure and simple, with attempted deception in claiming in the subject line of each email that the references are to me, when in reality it is just other people with the same name. I wouldn't trust any organization at all, which behaves in this way.
Review by AngelClaire2 years ago
Sends Spam e-mails containing fake or unverified content that links to the website. It offers to show me 2 academic references that I have recently been cited in that are not on google scholar. However, I am 100% sure that I have been referenced exactly 0 times. To view these supposed references ofcourse I have to enter my credit card details. I would strongly suggest this is a fake site targettting people by spam e-mails unless they can show otherwise.
Review by Moregan Clarity2 years ago
As others, I too have received emails stating that I am mentioned in so and so many publications. Indeed, when I check my account with Academia.edu, it is claimed that I am mentioned in 88 publications(!)
Truth be told, I have published nothing worth quoting, nor is there any reason that I should be mentioned in any academic context. Of course, to see those 88 "mentions", I would have to pay.
I've tried to contact Academia.edu. Twice. The first time I received a non-answer, the second time no answer at all. I asked to have just a couple of examples of mentions, so I can verify that it is correct. And if that would be the case, I would have purchased a subscription. But of course, when there are no mentions, no examples can be given.
Academia seems to be willing to use lies in order to make people pay. This is not a site, which deserve to use its name.
Review by Deanlinaz2 years ago
Privacy risks to view content.
Review by Achternaam McAshe3 years ago
like to download a pdf but need gmail it a no from me. > see
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