The co-author system is a way for multiple authors on a paper to share information on that paper.
- Co-authors share share paper analytics, including downloads and document views — the links on the profiles of all co-authors go to the same paper.
- Co-authored paper information only has to be entered once by one person.
- Co-authored papers have increased exposure, as they are shown to the followers of all the co-authors on the work.
You can add co-authors to your papers during the upload process or after a paper has been uploaded. To add co-authors after uploading go to your profile - here's how to get there.
Then, click "edit" under the paper you'd like to change the co-authors on.
This will take you to the edit page for your paper. Begin entering the name of your co-author, and a drop-down menu will appear with Academia accounts matching the name you enter.
If the person you're looking for doesn't appear, write their full name. Then click "Add Co-Author".
If your co-author did not already have an Academia account, we'll ask you for their email address. This is so we can send them an invitation to join Academia as your co-author.
If you would like to remove a co-author, click the "X" next to their name.
Co-authors can be also be set to appear in the same order as they appear on the publication. To re-arrange co-authors, click and drag the names into the appropriate order.
Once you're done arranging your co-authors, click "Save Changes" in the top right-hand corner.
Q: I get a "Something went wrong!" error message.
A: Try restarting your browser, using a different browser, or restarting your computer. If that still doesn't work, let us know by clicking here and we'll see what further assistance we can offer. Please include your profile URL in your support request.
Q: I don't see an "X" next to a co-author I want to remove!
A: Let us know by providing the paper URL and the name of the Academia.edu user you would like to remove.
Q: I added co-authors to my work, but they aren't showing up!
A: Adding co-authors is a two step process. First, they have to be entered as described above. Then, your co-authors have to confirm their co-authorship. This confirmation prevents people from adding you to papers without your knowledge. In the case where your co-author did not have an Academia account, they will receive an email invitation to create an account. Only after creating their account will they be able to accept co-authorship. You may wish to reach out to your co-authors and ask them to log in and confirm.
Q: I am a co-author but I don't want create an account!
A: Confirming co-authorship requires an Academia account.
Q: Where did all these random co-authors on my work come from?
A: These co-authors may have been added in error by an automated process. You can remove them at any time by selecting the "X" next each name you wish to remove.