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Academia.edu subscription: Expensive but good value, or information overload?
I have an unfortunate habit of trying new paid services and then not using them as much as I should.... mostly because (a) there are too many other free and paid services that are constantly catching my attention, (b) I only need to process and use a limited amount of information for my own academic purposes.
Being focused and producing our own new work, while being open to new ideas and information is a difficult balancing act in the present age of media over-abundance.
Nevertheless, I quite often down the pdf packages that academica.edu offers when I come across a paper in their online archive.
As an information management technique, I try to delete bundled papers that are off-topic immediately, so that I can dig into interesting papers more efficiently at a later date.
The Academia Premium subscription package includes many more benefits than its regular account. These are described below (Internet , 21st May 2023: https://support.academia.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360043383853-What-is-Academia-Premium?):
Mentions: Learn who cites you.
Readers: See who interacts with your work.
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Advanced Search: Explore the full text of millions of uploaded papers.
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PDF Packs: download whole groups of related papers to jumpstart your research. Search Alerts: Stay updated on your research with automatic reports of saved search queries. Summaries: Get super-summarized versions of papers & save time on research.