The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 29th, 2012
As a medieval historian with some decidedly old-school habits, Guy
Geltner wanted to expand his online presence, but he shuddered at the
thought of "friending" or "Tweeting" to get other scholars' attention.
Then a colleague introduced him to Academia.edu, one of a growing number of networking sites designed specifically for scholars.
"Friends told me that it's basically Facebook for nerds, which I'm
very happy with," says Mr. Geltner, a professor of medieval history at
the University of Amsterdam.
The profile he set up includes far more information than his
university's Web page could accommodate, including links to research
papers, books, blogs, and forthcoming talks. It lets people know what
he's working on and helps him connect with others in his field. "I like
the fact that I can read someone's paper without having to be their
friend or follower," he says.