Scholarly social networks are becoming more popular among scholars as a way to share their work, find collaborators, interact with peers, and obtain new metrics to demonstrate their research impact. In addition to the traditional number of citations, these metrics include a number of reads, downloads, or mentions in blogs or tweets. Read more on this guide.
Remember about copyright when uploading your articles to such sites. Generally, you may upload a pre-print version (i.e., submitted manuscript) or an accepted manuscript of your paper, but not the final PDF version published in a journal with typesetting and logos. Review your agreement with the publisher for details. See the Author Rights and Publishing Agreements guide.
Several widely-known scholarly social networks are listed below.
Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.
Follow the prompts to fill in the basic profile information and begin uploading articles
Review the list of suggested people to follow based on the selections you make
Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.
arXiv acccepts submissions in a variety of file formats. These include PDF, TeX, and LaTeX. A new user needs an endorsement from a current user before they are allowed to submit material.
In most cases, the author retains the copyright to the material uploaded. The remaining material is usually either in the public domain or is covered by a type of share-alike license. This will be indicated by a statement attached to the material.