[Irtalk] Academia Versus Academia.edu: Should Tech Business Needs Trump Scholarly Culture? | The Scholarly Kitchen

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue May 19 13:13:32 SAST 2015

*Though often used in a pejorative manner, the concept of the “ivory tower”
is based on a separation from the concerns of the everyday–the idea of
academia serving a higher purpose than the rat race of business.* Last week
Rick Anderson wrote about the higher standards of behavior required from
scholarly publishers, and watchdogs continually call out any deviation from
the strict rigor that characterizes academic research itself. *As
technology startups continue to hold more sway over scholarly
communication, should we similarly hold those companies and their business
practices to the same high standards?* Academia.edu’s recent marketing
campaign offers an interesting case study.

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