The proliferation of academic social networks is wasting academics’ time, according to a recent conference presentation in the Netherlands. The presentation highlighted more than 23 separate social networks currently available to scholars. “Academics do not want to have to populate lots of different types of research profiles,” said Chantelle Rijs, who is herself a project lead for an academic network. “We agree that it should be one centralised profile.” While mainstream social networks have seen consolidation in recent years, it remains unclear which academic network, if any, will eventually win out. Times Higher Education

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