Academia.edu is a platform where academic resources, research papers and published works can be shared by authors and read by members for free.
The mission of Academia.edu is to accelerate the world's research. Using open access, faster distribution, peer review signals and novel modes of online publishing, the company's "mission is to accelerate the world's research." Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they are following.[In May 2021] Over 157 million academics have signed up, adding 22 million papers and attracting over 31 million unique visitors a month.
Students can find this platform to be an important source where they can access freely available resources. For scholars, it is a tool to get their publications out there in a faster and widespread manner. Academic institutions who have limited financial resources can use this online platform to maintain staff pages. Apart from the free membership, Academia.edu offers paid subscription which provides users with additional features that allow for a wider dissemination of research.