A question about Academia

That’s Academia.eu, the site.

It keeps telling me that people are citing me. Which is lovely, obviously. Then they want some money each month for me to find out who and why. Which is a lot less attractive.

Is this the sort of thing that a university library would have free access to? Or is it purely a single user, single fee?

I would assume that all the cites are to me saying something at Forbes anyway – my list of academic papers is exceedingly short, even if it has just doubled by rising by one.

11 thoughts on “A question about Academia”

  1. It tells me that I’m cited in something new almost every day… only on subject matters I know nothing about (though often related to something I searched on months ago), and I’ve not published anything academic anyway…

  2. Sounds like the intellectual version of ‘Hot girls are trying to contact you today! Sign up now, only $50/month!’

  3. There’s a patent outfit in Munich that writes to me every now and then about two patents of mine that don’t exist. It never writes about patent applications I have actually made. No doubt the internet will make such confusion much quicker.

  4. I get the same; haven’t bothered paying to look and there doesn’t seem to be institutional access.

    Google Scholar is good at finding academic citations, and is free.

  5. Are you getting confused with academia.EDU or is this some outfit deliberately exploiting the possible confusion?
    No nothing about .EU one, the .EDU is legit and pester me with ‘someone cited you’ nonsense. If you aspire to be an academic ResearchGate.net is a better bet.

  6. Ah, yes it, is the .EDU. Presumably there’s no cute way of havng a look without paying anway?

  7. “Presumably there’s no cute way of havng a look without paying anway?” – not that I know of.

    As I said, try Google Scholar; does the same but free. I checked and you’re on it. Lots of citations, some of them in what sound like genuine academic journals (although hard to tell).

    Amusingly the first citation in your list looks like the author got your point completely the wrong way around:


    “Rather than maximising short-term profitability by keeping wages low, he [Ford] chose to pay his staff a $5 a day wage, well-above
    market rates of $2.50/day (Worstall, 2012). His logic was simple: his employees could also be his customers, but they needed attractive wages in order to afford to buy his automobiles.”

  8. Google Scholar is the way to go. Or if you want to be a bit more involved with academia then sign up with Researchgate

  9. I don’t necessarily think this outfit is scammy, but it is spammy. I blocked it.

    Universities are unlikely to finance information about citations. These are important to individual researchers to see how their stuff is received. They’re also important for fleshing out new literatures when you’re crafting an article. University administrators increasingly “get” neither of those. They care about pubs. Heck, I think they mostly care about bibliographic citations: if it looks like one it counts, if it looks different it doesn’t.

    Google Scholar is a great resource. I can’t tell you how many administrators I’ve had to tell of its existence (because they’re not looking) and then explain its significance (they’re not uninterested, but they do set their own incentives for what to be interested in).

    My favorite administrator makes an excellent point. Increasingly, the prime qualification for faculty moving into administration seems to be inability to get along with their own colleagues. Unhappy in your department? Become an administrator, and then they’ll be sorry! Good research can actually be pretty social, and I’ve come around to thinking that administrators don’t get the social part of research (citing both ways) because they weren’t very good at the social part of anything in the academy.

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