If your uploaded paper looks like this for a little while:
That's working as intended! When you upload a paper to Academia, our conversion provider, Scribd, spends some time processing it so it can be viewed on the website. You'll probably see this for about 10 or 20 minutes before your paper should appear. While conversion is usually quick, it can take up to 24 hours. If you still see this page 24 hours after you've uploaded your paper, try re-uploading your paper by modifying the paper's attachment.
You can also review our PDF troubleshooting guide.