'''প্রফেসর টেস্ট''' নামেও পরিচিত এই নীতিমালাটি একাডেমিক ব্যক্তিবর্গের উল্লেখযোগ্যতা যাচাইয়ের উদ্দেশ্যে প্রণীত। একাডেমিক হলেন সে ব্যক্তি যিনি গবেষণাকর্মে বা উচ্চশিক্ষায় নিয়োজিত রয়েছেন এবং একাডেমিক উল্লেখযোগ্যতা বলতে বোঝায় "এরূপ সংশ্লিষ্টতার জন্য পরিচিত"।
* Most academics are or have been faculty members ([[professor]]s) at colleges or universities. Also, many academics hold or have held academic or research positions in various academic research institutes (such as [[NIH]], [[CNRS]], etc.). However, academics, in the sense of the above definition, ''may also work outside academia'' (e.g., in industry, financial sector, government, as a clinical physician, as a practicing lawyer, etc.) and their primary job ''does not'' have to be academic in nature if they are known for their academic achievements; conversely, if they are notable for their primary job, they do not have to be notable academics to warrant an article.
* School teachers at the [[secondary education]] level, sometimes also called professors, are not presumed to be academics and may only be considered academics for the purposes of this guideline if they are engaged in substantial scholarly research and are known for such research. Rather, they are evaluated by the usual rules for notability in their profession.
* See [[professor]] for more information about [[List of academic ranks|academic ranks]] and their meanings. Note that academic ranks are different in different countries.
This guideline is ''independent'' from the other subject-specific notability guidelines, such as [[WP:BIO]], [[WP:MUSIC]], [[WP:AUTH]] etc. and is explicitly listed as an alternative to the [[WP:GNG|General Notability Guideline]].<ref>From [[WP:GNG]], emphasis added: "A topic is presumed to merit an article if (1) It meets either the general notability guideline below, '''or the criteria outlined in a subject-specific guideline''' listed in the box on the right," which includes this document, "and (2) It is not excluded under the [[WP:NOT|What Wikipedia is not]] policy."</ref> It is possible for an academic not to be notable under the provisions of this guideline but to be notable in some other way under one of the other subject-specific notability guidelines. Conversely, if an academic is notable under this guideline, his or her failure to meet either the General Notability Guideline or other subject-specific notability guidelines is irrelevant.