First Look is a place where journals and other research experts identify content of interest prior to publication. It can include a wide range of early stage content types including working papers, proceedings, preprints, accepted papers, and papers under consideration. First Look is a partnership between SSRN and some of the world’s most influential journals to provide rapid, early and open access to evolving scholarly research.

First Look is a great opportunity for journals and their authors to share groundbreaking research with the world before anyone else. Having their work seen early and often is an important factor for researchers trying to make a name for themselves in the rapidly moving world of academic research, and First look gives journals the opportunity to help authors do just that. The exposure created by First Look not only benefits researchers, but academic journals as well. Authors are already seeing the benefits of having papers on First Look and we are expecting an increase in paper submissions for participating journals. First Look is also a way for journals to meet the requests of potential authors who want to be able to share a preprint version of their papers. This nontraditional outlet for research is a unique way for journals to gain more exposure than they would through traditional means. SSRN has an established and expansive research community and First Look is a great opportunity for journals to be a part of that.

Which Journals should we partner with next? We'd like to include the Journals you most often submit to and read.


Current First Look Participants:

Acta Materialia, Inc. First Look

Acta Materialia, Inc. First Look is a preview of papers that are undergoing peer review in an Acta Materialia, Inc. journal - Acta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, Scripta Materialia or Materialia.

The aim behind the Acta Materialia, Inc. First Look page is to provide a venue for Acta Materialia, Inc. journals’ authors to host preprints of their work, allow authors to showcase their research results prior to review and publication, thus aiming to speed up the dissemination process, provide readers with an insight into ground breaking work before it has been published as well as allow them to post comments on the work.


Cell Press Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek, now hosted on SSRN, is an author opt-in preview of the papers under review in Cell Press primary research journals. Cell Press is a leading publisher of scientific research and reviews in life, physical, and earth sciences. With a commitment to improving scientific communication, Cell Press combines the highest-quality science with innovations in technology and publishing practices.


Equity in STEM

The Equity in STEM “First Look” bridges the gap between researchers and practitioners advancing intersectional gender equity for faculty in academic STEM and diverse communities in the STEM workforce. This quarterly publication disseminates evidence-based systemic change initiatives through multimedia elements, including presentations, promising practices, white papers, videos, podcasts, webinars, and more. Each curated issue allows peers from the ARC Network Community to share content at all stages of development, facilitating early adoption and implementation and broadening our impact in STEM.


Journal of Web Semantics First Look

Journal of Web Semantics, First Look provides rapid, early and open access to evolving scholarly research by sharing accepted versions of the papers that will be published in the journal. This First Look is part of our new Computer Science Research Network. The Journal of Web Semantics is an interdisciplinary journal based on research and applications of various subject areas that contribute to the development of knowledge-intensive and intelligent service Web.


KeAi: Chinese Roots Global Impact

We believe in the global impact of research from China. KeAi, which is Chinese for “Love for Science”, is a Beijing based, international publisher of English language, quality Open Access journals.

Powered by Elsevier, a global information analytics company specializing in science and health and China Science Publishing & Media Ltd., China’s leading academic publisher, KeAi unfolds quality research globally. We combine cutting edge technology and data insights with a personal approach to everyone we serve and everything we do. We are pleased to partner with SSRN's First Look, providing experts globally with pre-publication early insights into the latest international research results.

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NeuroImage: Clinical First Look

NeuroImage: Clinical considers articles covering diseases, disorders and syndromes involving the Nervous System and provides a vehicle for communicating important advances in the study of abnormal structure-function relationships of the human nervous system based on imaging. As part of our ongoing commitment to rapid publication we are delighted to involved in SSRN’s First Look. This is an author opt-in preview of the papers currently under consideration in the journal. These papers are posted here prior to peer review and their status will be updated once this has been completed.


Preprints with The Lancet

Preprints with The Lancet is part of SSRN´s First Look, a place where journals and other research experts identify content of interest prior to publication. This new preprint series for sharing non-peer-reviewed, early stage health and medical research is part of a six-month collaboration pilot between SSRN and The Lancet family of journals. Authors of all research papers submitted to any The Lancet family journal have been asked at submission whether they would like their paper to be posted as a preprint, an opt-in that all co-authors must agree to. Papers will be subject to SSRN’s usual checks, as well as an additional The Lancet specific check. Authors can also submit their papers directly through SSRN.


Surgery Open Science

Surgery Open Science is a new open access journal affiliated with the journal Surgery and striving to incorporate the strongest tenets of the open science movement including allowing author preprints, rigorous reviewing, and data sharing. As such, Surgery Open Science will provide leading edge dynamic, transparent, and interactive access to process and data.