Thanks for contacting Academia to learn more about the change in your analytics numbers!
In order to make sure Academia view counts work as the site continues to grow, we've made some changes to how these views are displayed. In the old system, we were accidentally duplicating some hits, and those duplicates have now been removed. No hits or views were destroyed or removed in this process that were not intended to be there in the first place.
As the system is currently structured, any analytics hits you see in your analytics overview, in your readers cards, or in our analytics emails should show up in the total views on your papers and on your profile in 2-4 days after that hit is logged in the system.
We understand that this isn't ideal, and we're working on getting this resolved as soon as possible!
We're working hard to make sure no drops like this happen in the future. We're sorry about this confusion and frustration, and we thank you all for bearing with us in the long, long process of getting this updated and accurate!
If you have any questions about analytics, please feel free to submit a ticket with that question and we will be happy to assist you further.