I Deleted My Academia.edu Account and You Should Too

  1. First, Academia.edu is not open access. You need to be signed into the platform to download articles. While an account may not cost you money, you pay with your data and, in the worst case, by academia being locked into the platform just as we are as individuals with Facebook. If you think scientific research should be openly available for the betterment of society and business, Academia Letters is a step backwards.
  2. Second, real academic journals are governed by academics. While you may feel that traditional publishers charge extortionate fees for their journals, those journals are at least run by academic communities, not by a for-profit company and its algorithms. This is critical since academic knowledge lives in an academic community — if you cut out the community, you are not anymore publishing academic knowledge.
  3. Third, emphasizing the speed of publishing without quality is plain stupidity. Do we really need a rapid fire of bogus ‘journal’ articles that have not been properly vetted by the community? Anyone can, after all, publish whatever they want in the web. It may be tempting to get a ‘publication’ and perhaps some ‘citations’ for your Academia Letters paper, yet those have very little to do with advancing academic knowledge.

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Aleksi Aaltonen

Aleksi Aaltonen

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Management scholar, entrepreneur and thinker writing about academic knowledge production — www.aleksi.info