I have been thinking about this for quite some time and have decided to leave academia.edu and ResearchGate as places to share my research. This was prompt by the recent policy changes in academia.edu, that become much more commercial than it were.
I joined academia.edu in 2011, it was still a relatively small network. Since then, it has become increasingly more competitive and metrical place for researchers. I would love to see one of my articles as “top read article in the world” but that would go against research itself. What’s the point? To be top-1 researcher in my area? So, I’m deleting the small number of materials I have on academia.edu. Still, I decided to keep my account active and become a “reader user” since it is still the place to find more works though the restrictions in the search engine of the website, with that “Premium” feature.
I also joined ResearchGate recently. I have some materials posted there, mostly co-authored articles and papers, but have no intention to make it my personal profile for sharing my research.
After reading this interesting article, I found this project that seems like a good alternative to academia.edu and ResearchGate. The main difference is the “not-for-profit” since funding is provided by a Foundation. It’s called Humanities Commons (more details are mentioned in the article). Here is my profile, and I have uploaded some of my materials. The uploading platform is very complete and, at the same time, very easy to fill. There is an automatic DOI for each deposit and the page as the appearance of the university repositories.
There is also a video from a brief presentation of this project by Nicky Agate, one of the coordinators of Humanities Commons.