First Look on SSRN


First Look on SSRN is a place where journals identify and share content of interest prior to publication. 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. The early stage research shared can include preprints, accepted papers and papers under consideration.

Interested in your journal being seen as a pioneer for new research? Check out our First Look program to share your newest latest research with a wider audience faster than ever before.

Have more questions on how First Look can benefit your research or are you just interested in learning more about First Look? Send an email to for anything pertaining to First Look.

View the First Look participants in this network:

JACC: Basic to Translational Science

JACC: Basic to Translational Science is an open access journal that serves as a platform for accelerating the translation of new scientific discoveries into new therapies that improve clinical outcomes for patients afflicted with or at risk for cardiovascular disease. JACC: Basic to Translational Science seeks to become both a forum and a learning center for investigators in academia and industry, patients and families, the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute and the US Food and Drug Administration to help advance translation cardiovascular medicine.


JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology is monthly subspecialty journal encompassing all aspects of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. The Journal occupies a unique position by focusing primarily on the practicing clinical electrophysiologist’s need for context and critical information to direct therapeutic decision making; and aims to publish only the highest caliber papers and authors with a concentration on advancing the field. We are partnering with SSRN to provide JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology First Look, a pre-print site on which participating research will be showcased while it undergoes the review process. This will allow researchers to have very early access to forthcoming work, as well as supporting researchers in the early distribution of their research. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology First Look is an author opt-in preview of the papers under review in our primary research journal. An invitation to submit to First Look is provided to all authors of primary research articles at the time they are first sent for peer review. First Look makes papers discoverable earlier in the publication process.


NeuroImage: Clinical

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 be 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. These preprint papers are not peer-reviewed and are posted here as part of a 12-month trial. Authors have either opted in at submission to The Lancet family of journals to post their preprints on Preprints with The Lancet, or submitted directly via SSRN. The usual SSRN checks and a Lancet-specific check for appropriateness and transparency have been applied. These papers should not be used for clinical decision making or reporting of research to a lay audience without indicating that this is preliminary research that has not been peer-reviewed. For more information see the Comment published in The Lancet, or visit The Lancet´s FAQ page, and for any feedback please contact


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. Surgery Open Science seeks original, high quality basic and clinical science submissions and timely, rigorous review manuscripts in the broad field of general surgery; these submissions should be of interest to an international audience. Case reports and book reviews are not accepted by the journal. Surgery Open Science strives for a fast, detailed reviewing process, aiming to return the first decision in less than 30 days from submission. Rapid online manuscript publication will follow acceptance. Authors are encouraged to submit original data for review.