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Type Private
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Richard Price
Employees 19[1]
Website .eduacademia
Alexa rank 1,749[2]
Type of site Platform for sharing research papers
Registration Free
Available in English
Launched September 2008
Current status Active is a social networking website for academics. It was launched in September 2008[3] and the site now has over 11 million registered users as of 2014.[4] The platform can be used to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research in a particular field. was founded by Richard Price, who raised $600,000 from Spark Ventures, Brent Hoberman, and others.[5]


  • Financial history 1
  • Open science 2
  • Reception 3
  • Domain name 4
  • Other open access repositories 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Financial history

In November 2011, raised $4.5 million from Spark Capital and True Ventures.[5] Prior to that, it had raised $2.2 million from Spark Ventures, and a range of angel investors including Mark Shuttleworth, Thomas Lehrman, and Rupert Pennant-Rea.[5] As of March 2014 it has raised $ 17.7 millions from Khosla Ventures, True Ventures, Spark Ventures, Spark Capital and Rupert Pennant-Rea.[6]

Open science is a participant in the open science or open access movements, responding to a perceived need in science for instant distribution of research and the need for a peer-review system that occurs alongside distribution, instead of occurring before it.[7] Accordingly, the company has stated its opposition to the Research Works Act.[8]


TechCrunch remarked that gives academics a "powerful, efficient way to distribute their research"[9][10] and that it "will let researchers keep tabs on how many people are reading their articles with specialized analytics tools", and "also does very well in Google search results."[9] seems to reflect a combination of social networking norms and academic norms.[11]

Domain name is not a university or institution for higher learning and so under current standards would not qualify for the EDU top level domain. The domain name "" was registered in 1999, prior to the regulations which required .edu domain names to be held by accredited post-secondary institutions. All .edu domain names registered prior to 2001 were grandfathered in and not made subject to the regulation of being an accredited post-secondary institution.[12]

Other open access repositories


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  2. ^ Alexa, retrieved 31 July 2014
  3. ^ Cutler, Kim-Mai. "Academia.Edu Overhauls Profiles As The Onus Falls On Researchers To Manage Their Personal Brands". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  4. ^ "About", retrieved 31 July 2014
  5. ^ a b c " | CrunchBase Profile". Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  6. ^ "About". Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Richard Price (2012-02-05). "The Future of Peer Review". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  8. ^ Richard Price (2012-02-15). """The Dangerous "Research Works Act. TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  9. ^ a b Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 (2011-11-30). " Raises $4.5 Million To Help Researchers Share Their Scholarly Papers".  
  10. ^ " – $4.5M in Funding, 3M Unique Monthly Visitors – Can They Change Science Publication?". Singularity Hub. 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  11. ^ Thelwall, Mike; Kousha, Kayvan (2014). "ResearchGate: Disseminating, communicating and measuring scholarship?". Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65(4), 721-731. 
  12. ^ "edu Policy Information". 2001-10-29. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

External links

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