Academia is an online resource focused on research. Here, users can contribute their own research or stay up to date on the most recent developments posted by other users. The site is divided by interests and departments, allowing for a diverse collection of data to be stored on many different topics. Academia helps provide a single go to source for research of all kinds while constantly updating its content with the help of its users.
There are many individual resources focused on one area of research available on the internet. Others may cover multiple topics, but all with a similar theme. Academia was created as a way to bridge gaps and help users find a centralized resource that provides up to date information on just about any research topic imaginable. By staying on top of recent changes and additions, Academia can present a large amount of quality, accurate information on any topic.
Academia’s focus is what makes it a valuable resource for students, educators and anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of the world. By including any area of research, Academia has built a library of information rather than sticking with a single category. The site also acts as an online community, allowing users to follow the research of others or share their own findings.
At a glance, the Academia website seems a little lackluster and bland. A majority of the design consists of empty white space. Although it is important to avoid over doing it, a little more color could have been added to add to the appeal of the site. That being said, the blue and white color scheme is functional given the purpose of this online application. Rather than focusing on flashing colors and design, Academia showcases information instead.
By clicking the light blue “Sign Up” link found at the top of the homepage, a new user can create an Academia account. The link connects to the registration page, which asks for the user’s first and last name, email address and name of affiliated university or research organization. Users with no affiliation can check the “independent researcher” box. Registration also asks for the user’s position before account creation. The next page asks for a password. Users can also choose to sign up through their Facebook profile.
Academia was created to encourage experts, educators, and individuals to share their findings and follow the research of others. Sticking with that mission, the site does not charge users for access. Whether or not this will change in the future remains to be seen. At this point, new users who are accepted can access all features and provide input without paying for the privilege. The site even goes a step further by offering to pay users for their ideas, should the idea be used. A user with a feature, change or addition idea that would benefit the website can submit it and receive compensation should the idea be put into use. No payment table exists, however Academia comments that they will pay as little as $10 to $20 for a minor idea, and as much as $1,000 for a large scale concept that they decide to move forward with.
Academia is ideal for anyone who is looking to become an expert, or anyone with extensive knowledge they would like to share. Primarily, those who are actively researching and seeking out additional knowledge can really appreciate what Academia has to offer. This is one of the few places that do not specialize in a single topic. Instead, Academia offers an extensive list of research areas that is constantly being updated.