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What makes a good academic website, in my opinion, is simplicity. In my previous life I designed million dollar websites for all sorts of industries; amazingly complex ones. We don't need those. The ones I like the most are the ones that give me the info I seek: who are you, where's your CV, what's your research, [maybe] what're the things you teach, how do I contact you? Added bonus: what are some upcoming events you're speaking at? Added added bonus: publications list with links to either the repository/journal or directly to the files (amazingly helpful). Write a book? Make that info prominent with a link to buy it on Amazon and the publisher's website. Got a free download of it? Link it up. Tuomas Tahko (https://www.ttahko.net/) has one with much of this info in a more modern style.


Things I like:

1) The ability to download versions of publications, whether final or pre-print.

2) Short, one-paragraph summaries of each publication.

an editor

Here is a small helpful hint ... make it easy to find your e-mail. I look for people - to write a book review for example. Once I have discovered you have published in the area in a good venue, you are half way there. But if I cannot find your e-mail quickly, I will just give up. I have other things to do.
Surprisingly some people have made it impossible to find their e-mail addresses

Nicolas Delon

One element of a good website is that the site be up to date.

Also link to your CV. I find it kind of odd when you can't tell from searching everywhere on a website where and when the person studied, if they published more recently than eight years ago, or where they're actually currently affiliated.

Make it easy to navigate.

Make it easy for people to contact you.

If you'd like to, and it's appropriate, it's fine to talk about yourself and your personal life. It can be fun to learn more about the people you read or have heard about in strictly academic terms. But you surely don't have to.

elisa freschi

Dear all, thanks for the comments. I just updated my Academia webpage and my blog's landing page to incorporate most of what you suggested!


I take Marcus's comment about different approaches for different types of work, so I have in mind here researcher focused websites.

1. Keep it very simple.
2. Make published papers available (pre-prints or even the word/LaTex files). The main reason I go to a webpage is to find a paper I don't have library access to.
3. A really easy way to get your email address. This is the second most common reason I to a philosopher's website.
3. Include a link to complete CV. CVs are still a very good way to get a lot of info at a glance.
4. On pictures - I just don't think it matters. No special need to induce one's own picture I don't think.
5. On hobbies - certainly no need. If you do, keep it brief.

Here are a few pages I like:


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