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I just received an email from Peerus "letting me know" that my paper was published. While it sells itself as a paper monitoring app, better than google scholar, it does seem to be closer to academia.edu.

I do find deceptive in their email the large orange button with Find your papers on peerus followed in small by by clicking you accept our TCU.

Also I don't understand how they want to monetize their product. The website claims to be free (for researchers) but does not give any additional information.

So does someone has experience with their service? How do they compare with google scholar / academia.edu (which seems to have a bad rep as seen in this question Is Academia.edu useful?)?

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    I suspect that you already knew your paper was published. So, you have received worthless information from some random website that wants you to sign up for who knows what other (likely mostly useless) information. What to do, what to do... Hmmmm... I vote for directing similar emails to the spam folder myself. – Jon Custer Mar 19 '18 at 13:28
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    @JonCuster I agree with most of what you say. I couldn’t find independent comments online so this could be useful for people looking about it. – Zenon Mar 19 '18 at 14:11
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    With a quick search (academia.edu, ResearchGate, LinkedIn, ...), "shopping questions" seem to be on-topic in this site. – Orion Mar 19 '18 at 20:31
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    @Zenon This is in a grey area, there has long been a standing consensus that in general this site should stay away from evaluating individual organizations, since that is often a matter of perspective. For a small number of sites, however, exceptions are occasionally made because they are so massive and prevalent. Peerus doesn't seem to me to meet that threshold yet, as it doesn't even have a wikipedia article yet or make it off the first couple pages of Google results. – jakebeal Mar 20 '18 at 2:39
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    I opened a more specific discussion on Meta regarding such questions. Please take the discussion there. (CC @jakebeal.) – Wrzlprmft Mar 21 '18 at 20:04
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I've been using Peerus for a few months and I can actually say it's been resourceful. I use it for monitoring very specific topics and one journal (specifically, papers about coral diseases and coral immunology, and the journal Diseases of aquatic organisms) and by checking it once every few weeks, I usually find some very interesting results.

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