Apparently basing a research paper's merit on its author's reputation and Facebook-esque social network cues wasn't enough for Academia.edu.
On Wednesday, the startup announced it's acquired Plasmyd, a company that will add the more traditional peer review process to Academia.edu's business offering free online research papers. Terms of the deal weren't announced, but Plasmyd co-founders Adnan Akil and Kevin Wu are joining Academia.edu.
Peer review is an old tradition for those publishing papers in academic journals. With it, researchers in the same field as an author scrutinize a paper to find … Read more