SSRN Considered Harmful by James Grimmelmann :: SSRN

Abstract: The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has adopted several unfortunate policies that impair open access to scholarship. It should enable one-click download, stop requiring papers to bear SSRN watermarks, and allow authors to point readers to other download sites. If it does not reform, those who are serious about open access should not use SSRN.

SSRN Considered Harmful by James Grimmelmann :: SSRN

Abstract: The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has adopted several unfortunate policies that impair open access to scholarship. It should enable one-click download, stop requiring papers to bear SSRN watermarks, and allow authors to point readers to other download sites. If it does not reform, those who are serious about open access should not use SSRN.

SSRN, Elsevier and the future of scholarly infrastructure. — Medium

“There is much wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth, and the obligatory call for the community to pony up and create a true open piece of infrastructure.

Well, it turns out building things is pretty hard, and building things that people will actually use is even harder. In the long run if the infrastructure of scholarly communication is going to be as open as we would like it to be, it’s going to require serious buy-in from funders, institutions and researchers….”

SSRN, Elsevier and the future of scholarly infrastructure. — Medium

“There is much wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth, and the obligatory call for the community to pony up and create a true open piece of infrastructure.

Well, it turns out building things is pretty hard, and building things that people will actually use is even harder. In the long run if the infrastructure of scholarly communication is going to be as open as we would like it to be, it’s going to require serious buy-in from funders, institutions and researchers….”

SSRN has been captured by the enemy of open knowledge. — Medium

“Elsevier just bought SSRN. Here’s why you should be upset, and what we can do about it….This could be an opportunity. SSRN was never all that great?—?it lacks search facilities, relies on human “editors” to curate content, and has a mysterious pricing model. Who needs it? Instead, the community can come together to create something better. Here’s my rough, preliminary, sketch about what that better thing would look like….”

SSRN has been captured by the enemy of open knowledge. — Medium

“Elsevier just bought SSRN. Here’s why you should be upset, and what we can do about it….This could be an opportunity. SSRN was never all that great?—?it lacks search facilities, relies on human “editors” to curate content, and has a mysterious pricing model. Who needs it? Instead, the community can come together to create something better. Here’s my rough, preliminary, sketch about what that better thing would look like….”

Elsevier denies it will use SSRN to move users on to its services | Times Higher Education (THE)

“The publishing giant Elsevier has insisted that it will not force academics to sign up to its services in order to use the newly acquired Social Science Research Network (SSRN) repository.

But Elsevier’s purchase of SSRN earlier this week, which has dismayed open access advocates, could be the first of many as the publisher looks to build up an online network of scholars as an alternative to its publishing business….”

Elsevier denies it will use SSRN to move users on to its services | Times Higher Education (THE)

“The publishing giant Elsevier has insisted that it will not force academics to sign up to its services in order to use the newly acquired Social Science Research Network (SSRN) repository.

But Elsevier’s purchase of SSRN earlier this week, which has dismayed open access advocates, could be the first of many as the publisher looks to build up an online network of scholars as an alternative to its publishing business….”

Elsevier acquires online community SSRN

“STM publisher Elsevier has acquired the largest repository and community for social science and humanities researchers in the world, SSRN, to accelerate its social strategy and scale the network up for the benefit of “the entire scientific ecosystem”.

Elsevier has not disclosed how much it paid for American research preprint repository and online community SSRN, but revealed it will be integrated with Elsevier’s reference management programme Mendeley, broadening its offering and helping researchers to better manage the publication journey from start to finish….”

The role of arXiv, RePEc, SSRN and PMC in formal scholarly communication

Abstract

Purposes – The four major Subject Repositories (SRs), arXiv, Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and PubMed Central (PMC), are all important within their disciplines but no previous study has systematically compared how often they are cited in academic publications. In response, this article reports an analysis of citations to SRs from Scopus publications, 2000 to 2013.

Design/methodology/approach – Scopus searches were used to count the number of documents citing the four SRs in each year. A random sample of 384 documents citing the four SRs was then visited to investigate the nature of the citations.

Findings – Each SR was most cited within its own subject area but attracted substantial citations from other subject areas, suggesting that they are open to interdisciplinary uses. The proportion of documents citing each SR is continuing to increase rapidly, and the SRs all seem to attract substantial numbers of citations from more than one discipline.

Research limitations/implications – Scopus does not cover all publications, and most citations to documents found in the four SRs presumably cite the published version, when one exists, rather than the repository version.

Practical implications – SRs are continuing to grow and do not seem to be threatened by Institutional Repositories (IRs) and so research managers should encourage their continued use within their core disciplines, including for research that aims at an audience in other disciplines.

Originality/value – This is the first simultaneous analysis of Scopus citations to the four most popular SRs.