As part of the 23 things programme we are now tasked to blog about our experiences of the academic network / promotional site – academia.edu and ResearchGate… Having used both portals I can confidently state that my preference lies with the latter. Reasons are as follows:
- Its super easy to use, to edit, link to URLs , upload files and see who has been interacting with my research
- The ability to track papers and topics
- The potential to develop collaborations
With regard to point 3, a casual exchange of messages has led to the development of a collaborative partnership between UoS, KCL and a US based venture capitalist.
Conversely, academia.edu insist that I am the author of several papers that I have nothing to do with, and I cannot work out how to dissociate myself from them.
For me there is no contest.
What do you think?