Use This Free Automated Recommendation Service, Created by Philosophers

MARGY (Managing Academic Recommendations Gratis Yay) is a free automated academic letter of recommendation service. It had its initial trial run at the start of the year (following earlier beta testing) and is up and running for the Fall 2017 academic job market.

The service, whose name is a tribute to a much-appreciated secretary in the Philosophy Department at Bowling Green State University, was created by philosophers David Faraci (Georgetown) and Graham Leach-Krouse (Kansas State). Here’s what they have to say about it:

Applicants on the academic job market spend thousands of dollars a year to have professional dossier services handle their confidential letters of recommendation. Some of this requires staff involvement: filling out forms, uploading to proprietary sites, etc. But a good deal of it is just sending emails. The only reason a middleperson is necessary is because the emails need to include a confidential attachment.

MARGY replaces that middleperson with a free automated system. Letter-writers upload letters to MARGY’s secure server; applicants tell the system where to email those letters. Confidentiality is maintained via a whitelist; the system will only send letters to email addresses that have been confirmed as being maintained by a relevant hiring entity.

Using it is simple. Your letter-writer uploads their letter to the site. You’re then prompted by a message from the site to email to it the addresses you want the letter sent. The letters are automatically encrypted as they’re uploaded to the site, so not even the people working at MARGY can read them.

You can check out MARGY here. The more people who use the service, the better, so please consider sharing this post.

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