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The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a website devoted to the rapid dissemination of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities. SSRN is viewed as particularly strong in the fields of economics, finance, accounting, management, and law. SSRN was founded in 1994 by Michael Jensen (a financial economist) and Wayne Marr. Jensen continues to serve as chairman of the company. Gregg Gordon is SSRN's president and CEO.
- Financial Economics
- Health Economics
- Political Science
Academic papers can be uploaded directly to the site by authors as PDF documents. All author-uploaded papers are available for worldwide free downloading. Users can also subscribe to abstracting e-mail journals covering a broad range of subject matters. These eJournals then periodically distribute emails containing abstracts (with links to the full text where applicable) of papers recently submitted to SSRN in the respective field.
Since its foundation in 1994, SSRN has grown in importance in the academic community. 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 on other paper distribution networks such as 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.
- 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
- SSRN Considered Harmful, an article critical of SSRN policies.
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