Academia.edu is an academic social network designed for handy communication and exchange of ideas between scientists. You can register if you are an employee of a scientific organization, a student or an independent researcher. On this website you can follow science trends, publish your articles and receive reviews, share research results and determine the level of popularity and citation index of your works.
This social network facilitates the process of establishing contacts between colleagues and provides more active engagement of every representative of the academic society in the common idea of developing contemporary science. The opportunity to publish your own works helps to find potential co-authors or employers, receive grants, invitations to international conferences, etc. The website itself is rather minimalistic, which, however, in no way impairs its significance.