As a precursor to a readability metric, Tim thinks tracking how his document views vary across papers could tip off researchers and academics on how to better communicate with, and educate, the public.
"Through Academia.edu, I’ve started seeing how many views my papers are getting, and then I start considering the ones with lower views— are they too technical or too dense?" says Tim.
"If it’s really readable,” he adds, “that means someone with an 8th or 10th grade education would have no problem reading along. If it’s technical and scientifically dense, that might lower the readability and might not be a winner in the public eye." - See more at: http://blog.academia.edu/post/44234021556/a-measure-of-readability#sthash.RFUc7lPI.dpuf