Academia.edu Raises $4.5 Million To Help Researchers Share Their Scholarly Papers | TechCrunch
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"Academia.edu, a social network for researchers, is having a good year. In 2011 it’s tripled its total registered userbase to 800,000, and today it’s announcing some major news that ensures the site will be expanding well into the future: it’s just raised $4.5 million in a funding round led by Spark Capital, with participation from True Ventures....Founder Richard Price...says that aside from getting an increasing amount of traction with researchers, the site is also benefitting from a recent movement among universities and researchers that’s referred to as ‘Open Science‘....Recently some scientists have begun to...[make] their papers ‘open access’, thereby making them publicly accessible for free....Academia.edu benefits from this movement because it means that researchers are free to share papers amongst themselves on the site. Price says that Academia.edu is already the largest platform for sharing these research articles, and the company looks to help foster this trend going forward...."