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Academia.edu: Social Network in Science

I try to keep you up-to-date about the newest useful community sites that are dedicated to physicians and/or scientists.  Now let me share Academia.edu with you, a social network with a nice concept:

It displays academics around the world in a tree format, according to what university/department they are affiliated with.

It enables an academic to have an easy-to-maintain academic webpage. A sample page on Academia.edu is here: RichardPrice

Researchers don’t have enough time to construct web pages for themselves (where to host it, how to design it) so Academia.edu helps them how to do that. Good idea, great implementation.

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  1. Sarah #

    Interesting! It’s not the most easy to use layout though. In astronomy software exists that shows links between people more based on publications rather than institution, and that works better I think.

    October 11, 2008
  2. It is a nice idea. However, as a scientist, I will not be using it everyday in my research, probably once to create a nice research profile. I need an academic social network where I can access academic material such as publications, tutorial, source code, etc for free. Not only that, but also when I start a new research project, the network could give me a hint about which set of papers that must be read first, probably this hint will be based on the community votes, discussions, and much more.

    December 10, 2008
  3. Maria #

    As a graduate student, I am using Sciweavers.org. It is a free academic social network that enables researchers to bookmark their academic contributions and research related materials such as publications, source code, presentations, tutorials, lecture notes, etc. What I really like about Sciweavers is that, it associates with every posted contribution a thumbnail image that best describes it, and hence the image can tell me at a glance what the entire contribution is trying to expound. This helps me quickly to judge the quality of research without the need to read the title or even the abstract. Also, because each post is associated with a rating system as well as a discussion board, this helps me quickly to decide which content should be read first.

    December 10, 2008
  4. great, this idea very important and useful, i will read next post.

    December 13, 2008

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