Social Science Research Network
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|Type of site||Scholarly research|
|Registration||Collaborative of over 217,000 authors and more than 1.7 million users|
|Owner||Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc.|
The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a website devoted to the rapid dissemination of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities. SSRN was founded in 1994 by Michael Jensen (a financial economist) and Wayne Marr. SSRN is owned by Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. (SSEP). Jensen continues to serve as chairman of the company, and Gregg Gordon is the president and CEO.
SSRN was ranked the top open-access repository in the world by Ranking Web of Repositories (an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Spanish National Research Council) in January 2013.
Academic papers in PDF can be uploaded directly to the site by authors and are then available for worldwide free downloading. Publishers and institutions can upload papers and charge a fee for readers to download them. Users can also subscribe to abstracting email journals covering a broad range of subject matters. These e-journals then periodically distribute emails containing abstracts (with links to the full text where applicable) of papers recently submitted to SSRN in the respective field.
In economics, and to some degree in law (especially in the field of law and economics), almost all papers are now first published as preprints on SSRN and/or other paper distribution networks such as Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) before being submitted to an academic journal.
SSRN, like other preprint services, circulates publications throughout the scholarly community at an early stage, permitting the author to incorporate comments into the final version of the paper before its publication in a journal. Moreover, even if access to the published paper is restricted, access to the original working paper remains open through SSRN.
SSRN has mirror sites at the European Corporate Governance Institute (London), Korea University (Seoul), Stanford Law School (California) and University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Illinois).
- "SSRN frequently asked questions". Social Science Research Network. Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "World". Ranking Web of Repositories. Cybermetrics Lab. January 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- Jensen, Michael C. (2 February 2012). "About SSRN". Social Science Research Network. Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- See Bernard S. Black and Paul Caron, "Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance", SSRN ID # 784764 (proposing that SSRN's download measure can be useful in ranking scholarly performance of law faculty).
- The New Look at SSRN: An Interview with Gregg Gordon, from PrawfsBlawg (August 2008)
- Link by Link - Now Professors Get Their Star Rankings, Too, a New York Times article (June 2008)
- Interview with SSRN's Founder, from Growthology.org (June 2008)
- Creating Scholarly Communities and Fostering Innovation, from PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference Blog (July 2007)
- An Interview with SSRN's Gregg Gordon, from Prawfsblawg (June 2006)
- The Publisher, an article about the origin of SSRN (November 2003)
- SSRN Considered Harmful, an article critical of SSRN policies (2007)