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Top questions

A free SSRN User Account is required to submit a paper. You will also need...

  • Paper title (in English)
  • Date the paper was written
  • Abstract/summary of the paper (in English)
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors
  • Copyright holder permission (if applicable)
  • Paper, if uploaded, must be in PDF format
  • Other Relevant Information to Include:
  •    Working Paper Series
       Citation, if published
  • Some content types, such as Health Science Case Reports, have additional requirements such as evidence that patient confidentiality, patient consent, and conflict of interest and/or funding concerns have been addressed. These are detailed during the submission process.

Yes. To post your job or announcement or for more information visit the SSRN Jobs and Announcements page

Copyright gives the creator of intellectual property a set of specific rights associated with their works, to decide whether, and under what conditions, the work may be used by others. SSRN is committed to respecting the authors' rights to their papers as well as that of the publisher. In order for SSRN to disseminate research articles, we must verify that we have the necessary rights and that doing so does not infringe on the copyrights of others.

 

Each publisher has their own rights and self-archiving policies regarding what version of your article you can make available for download on SSRN. To be sure you have the right to upload such content, you should review your publishing agreement, the publisher’s copyright policies, and/or any other applicable information prior to posting any version of an Academic Paper. For a complete explanation, please read SSRN’s Terms of Use.

Written permission must be obtained from the rightsholder to re-use any copyrighted material. Typically, the rightsholder of published material is the publisher unless it is explicitly indicated otherwise. By visiting the publisher’s website, you can find the contact information of their permissions department. Alternatively, you may also request permission using the Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink service provided on the webpage of the desired content. Furthermore, if you require additional support you may contact Copyright@ssrn.com. It should not be assumed that a non-response authorizes you to use the material.

Your recent submission was returned to not submitted status because the PDF attached indicates that the material may require permission for reuse. In most cases, the publisher typically has the exclusive right to grant the permission whether or not copyright is owned by the publisher.

You do not transfer copyright for any papers (or other documents) you post on SSRN. When you upload a paper, you give SSRN the non-exclusive right to post and distribute your paper. You retain the right to remove your paper from SSRN at any time. When you provide material to SSRN and accept our Terms of Use, you confirm to us that your submission does not violate other parties’ copyright or other proprietary rights.

To raise complaints regarding alleged copyright or other intellectual property infringement, please follow the instructions set forth on the Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy page.

In addition, if we determine, in our sole discretion and judgment, that a user has failed to comply with the SSRN’s Terms of Use, we reserve the right at any time to take all or any of the following actions (and any other action we reasonably deem appropriate):

  • (i) temporary or permanent withdrawal of the right to use SSRN and/or closure of the relevant account;
  • (ii) temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by a user to SSRN;
  • (iii) issue of a warning;
  • (iv) use any technological, operational or other means available to us to enforce the provisions of the Terms of Use.

About SSRN

SSRN is a platform for the dissemination of early-stage research. From its initial focus on the social sciences in 1994, SSRN has grown to become the most interdisciplinary service of its kind, representing disciplines across the full research spectrum, including the applied sciences, health sciences, humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences. SSRN is instrumental both as a starting point for students and faculty in the research process, and as a place to communicate their findings at an early stage, prior to publication in academic journals.

SSRN is a searchable online library that enables authors to post their papers and abstracts easily and free of charge. The vast majority of papers can be downloaded free of charge as well. The only exceptions are papers whose copyright is held by third parties that request a download fee. SSRN provides a space for a variety of content types to be accessed beyond the traditional research article, including gray literature, book reviews, multimedia files, and datasets.

While many preprint servers operate as content repositories, SSRN maximizes usage and discoverability by classifying papers into topic-based eJournals that are distributed to individual and institutional subscribers. This results in downloads and citations that SSRN aggregates into meaningful metrics that authors use for promotion and tenure purposes and that institutions use in their hiring and ranking activities.

SSRN’s six global research disciplines are home to relevant Subject Area Networks which provide a space for the easy discoverability of research within the topic area. Each network offers an efficient way to keep up-to-date on the latest research in the subject area by allowing readers to drill down to specific topics of interest and connect with content from peers. SSRN is dedicated to the advancement of science through open sharing and encourages authors to submit preprints as a first step to make an impact with their research.

To browse SSRN's eLibrary, research disciplines, and subject area networks, click here

Subject Matter eJournal Distribution promotes early stage research through dissemination to a global subscriber audience. Authors may choose up to 12 subject specific eJournals. The eJournal selections are reviewed by a qualified team of research area expert classifiers. Authors can expect their paper to be disseminated in multiple appropriate Subject Matter eJournals.

SSRN is an open access research platform used to share early-stage research, evolve ideas, measure results, and connect scholars around the world. View the attached pdf to understand Your Paper's Journey.

SSRN highly values the personal information of its authors and users. No user of the SSRN website is allowed to use it to create e-mail lists to send bulk emails. We block automated harvesting of email addresses by "spider" programs. The e-mail addresses posted on SSRN have never and will never be given or sold as a list. We will aggressively pursue all legal avenues to protect the privacy of our authors and users against unauthorized uses. For more details, see our Privacy Policy.

My Research

The graphic below represents "Your Paper's Journey" through SSRN. From submission to distribution, the potential is there for your research to reach millions of SSRN viewers and subscribers around the world.

A free SSRN User Account is required to submit a paper. You will also need...

  • Paper title (in English)
  • Date the paper was written
  • Abstract/summary of the paper (in English)
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors
  • Copyright holder permission (if applicable)
  • Paper, if uploaded, must be in PDF format
  • Other Relevant Information to Include:
  •    Working Paper Series
       Citation, if published
  • Some content types, such as Health Science Case Reports, have additional requirements such as evidence that patient confidentiality, patient consent, and conflict of interest and/or funding concerns have been addressed. These are detailed during the submission process.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

SSRN is the number one research repository in the world, with networks that span across multiple disciplines. These research networks are micro‐communities where researchers come together to share their research. The SSRN eLibrary hosts close to a million abstracts from hundreds of thousands of authors, and one marriage proposal.

Many of the articles available on SSRN are shared years before they are published in a journal, and during the lifecycle of the article on SSRN we provide you with thorough analytics demonstrating an article’s impact.

Submitting a paper to SSRN is a simple process. When your paper has been processed, or if we have questions, you will be notified via email.

Watch this brief video to learn how to submit a paper to SSRN

For step by step instructions on submitting your work to SSRN view the SSRN Submission Process Document.

REVISION PROCESS

In the case of a revision, once you have edited your submission you will be prompted to "Submit your Revision" within the status window. If you know the paper has already been submitted, you should revise the existing submission rather than creating a new submission.

Often, when an author submits a revision of a paper that already exists on SSRN, they will replace the older version of the paper. But sometimes there are reasons to have multiple versions of a paper. For example, if the paper is included in multiple Research Paper Series, or if it is the same paper translated into another language, or if it differs by one or more authors, or if the content has been updated and the history of previous versions is desired. If an author posts two or more papers that are substantially the same, SSRN will combine the 2 or more versions so that they appear together on the author page. SSRN calls this a "Version Group".

Provide the Abstract IDs to the SSRN Help Desk and we will assist you in grouping the versions.

CLASSIFICATION AND DISTRIBUTION PROCESS

  • You can select up to 12 subject matter eJournals for distribution of the abstract of your paper, or you can elect to have SSRN classify your submission for the relevant subject/topic areas by clicking the radio button "Have SSRN select eJournal classifications for this paper".
  • All of your classifications will be reviewed by SSRN classifiers as well as by the editors of each selected eJournal.
  • If you know the name of the SSRN eJournal you wish to classify into, type it into the Search field and select it from the drop-down box. To browse the available eJournal choices, you can expand the list under "Browse SSRN eLibrary" by clicking the plus sign (+) next to the appropriate network. To select a classification, click the checkbox next to the relevant eJournal, topic or sub-topic. Move your cursor over the classification names to see a more detailed description. As you select classifications, they will appear in a list at the top of this section. You can remove any classification by clicking the red minus (-) sign to the right of any classification.

Once the paper review process is complete, the eJournal classifications of your submission will be available for review by our classifiers. You will notice that the "Status" column for your paper on your My Papers page contains a link that will give you information on the status and/or distribution schedule for each classification selected for this paper.

No fee is charged for the submission of abstracts and papers for inclusion in the SSRN eLibrary and distribution in email eJournals. Authors are encouraged to submit all their research papers, including older papers.

 

Distribution times can vary depending on the popularity of the subject matter. You can generally expect to begin distributing a few days after your submission has been reviewed by staff.

Classification and distribution information can be found by clicking the “Approved” or “Distributed” link under the Status column on your My Papers.

The paper must be part of the worldwide scholarly discourse in the field covered by the eJournal and written within one year.

SSRN has one ISSN, 1556-5068, which covers all papers and eJournals.

Paper Statistics, Rankings, and PlumX Metrics are just three of the ways researchers can determine the global impact of their work.

Paper and Author Statistics

Paper Statistics are captured on every Abstract Page. Metrics include usage data (article views and downloads) and other article-level metrics (Citations and PlumX Metrics).

The significance of SSRN Rankings

SSRN compiles rankings of Papers, Authors, and Organizations in our system based on a number of relevant measures, such as downloads and citations.

To be ranked, an author must have at least one publicly available scholarly full-text paper posted on SSRN.

Rankings are based on affiliations and downloads. Affiliating at the school and/or department level ensures you fall on the appropriate ranking. See Add/Update Your Affiliation(s) for more information.

Schools and organizations must meet specific criteria in order to be included. SSRN Online Help Desk can assist with determining eligibility.

We count the number of times a paper has been downloaded and rank them within different categories. These rankings include the Top Ten downloaded papers for All Time and for papers distributed in a SSRN email eJournal in the previous 60 days for each category. Top Ten Lists are available for all SSRN abstract eJournals and for each of its subject networks on the Browse by eJournal List. To view a Top Ten List, expand a network and click on button to the right of the name. Within the dialog box that opens, select "View: Top Downloaded", and a page will open which displays the All-Time and Recent Hits Top 10 lists.

PlumX Metrics

PlumX Metrics is Plum Analytics’ comprehensive, item-level metrics that provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment. Collectively known as PlumX Metrics, these metrics are divided into categories to help make sense of the huge amounts of data involved and to enable analysis by comparing like with like. PlumX Metrics are available on SSRN Abstract Pages. Learn more about PlumX Metrics sources.

Please allow at least 1 to 2 business days after SSRN’s review of your paper is complete for your PlumX Metrics to show. For additional questions about missing data or sources, contact Plum Analytics at support@plumanalytics.com.

Once the revision is processed, your PlumX Metrics will display.

Your research available on SSRN can be shared in a number of different ways. From your paper's public abstract page select the share options located in the upper right hand corner of the page. Share your research directly to Facebook or Twitter by clicking on the appropriate icon. Another option is to email the document's url to a colleague, friend or to yourself.

Click on the link icon to access a url for your paper's public abstract page. The page's url can be copy and pasted for reference, to social media, a correspondence, or other communications featuring or highlighting your work.

The option to email your paper is also available via your My Favorites tab from your My Library screen within your SSRN account.

Copyright gives the creator of intellectual property a set of specific rights associated with their works, to decide whether, and under what conditions, the work may be used by others. SSRN is committed to respecting the authors' rights to their papers as well as that of the publisher. In order for SSRN to disseminate research articles, we must verify that we have the necessary rights and that doing so does not infringe on the copyrights of others.

 

Each publisher has their own rights and self-archiving policies regarding what version of your article you can make available for download on SSRN. To be sure you have the right to upload such content, you should review your publishing agreement, the publisher’s copyright policies, and/or any other applicable information prior to posting any version of an Academic Paper. For a complete explanation, please read SSRN’s Terms of Use.

Written permission must be obtained from the rightsholder to re-use any copyrighted material. Typically, the rightsholder of published material is the publisher unless it is explicitly indicated otherwise. By visiting the publisher’s website, you can find the contact information of their permissions department. Alternatively, you may also request permission using the Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink service provided on the webpage of the desired content. Furthermore, if you require additional support you may contact Copyright@ssrn.com. It should not be assumed that a non-response authorizes you to use the material.

Your recent submission was returned to not submitted status because the PDF attached indicates that the material may require permission for reuse. In most cases, the publisher typically has the exclusive right to grant the permission whether or not copyright is owned by the publisher.

You do not transfer copyright for any papers (or other documents) you post on SSRN. When you upload a paper, you give SSRN the non-exclusive right to post and distribute your paper. You retain the right to remove your paper from SSRN at any time. When you provide material to SSRN and accept our Terms of Use, you confirm to us that your submission does not violate other parties’ copyright or other proprietary rights.

To raise complaints regarding alleged copyright or other intellectual property infringement, please follow the instructions set forth on the Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy page.

In addition, if we determine, in our sole discretion and judgment, that a user has failed to comply with the SSRN’s Terms of Use, we reserve the right at any time to take all or any of the following actions (and any other action we reasonably deem appropriate):

  • (i) temporary or permanent withdrawal of the right to use SSRN and/or closure of the relevant account;
  • (ii) temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by a user to SSRN;
  • (iii) issue of a warning;
  • (iv) use any technological, operational or other means available to us to enforce the provisions of the Terms of Use.

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique and persistent link to specific electronically published content. DOIs are often used to identify academic, professional, and government information, such as journal articles, research reports and data sets, and official publications. DOIs make a paper significantly easier to find and cite.

SSRN is a registered member of Crossref services and provides DOI’s to SSRN authors at no charge.

 

If your submission includes a full-text working paper, a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) will be added to the abstract page in the Suggested Citation area. DOIs are generated by Crossref and can take up to two weeks to appear on the abstract page. Once the DOI has been assigned, it becomes a permanent record of that preprint. Revisions have no impact on the original DOI assignment.

If the author does not have permission to post the published version, they should leave the preprint on SSRN and update the Reference section by providing the DOI to the published version of the paper. If they do have permission to post the published version, it is recommended that they create a new submission that houses that version. This will allow the preprint DOI to remain intact and not direct the reader to the published version.

Need more information about how SSRN assigns DOIs? Visit SSRN Help Desk.

My Account

When you create an account on SSRN you begin a new journey into the world of tracking, managing, and viewing your SSRN content. Enjoy the benefits of a free account:

  • Share and revise your research
  • Subscribe to receive alerts about the latest submitted content
  • Interact with thousands of researchers worldwide
  • Save your favorite papers and view your download history

User ID and Password

User ID: SSRN uses your email address as your initial User ID, but you may change your User ID to another unique name.

Password: Must be between 5 and 200 characters. Passwords are not case sensitive.

SSRN Contact Email: Designate the email address where you want to receive your SSRN eJournal subscriptions and other SSRN notifications.

Profile Information Name: The name used to set up your account. This is your default display public name. Public Display Name: Change your name here if you wish your display name to be different than your account name. For example, you can enter your display name as Dr. John Smith but have your account name just John Smith.

ORCID: An independent non-profit effort to provide an open registry of unique researcher identifiers and link research activities and organizations to those identifiers.

Affiliations: This organizational affiliation is displayed on your Author page and Abstract pages. To display a URL of your website on your Author page, edit your affiliation.

Author Page Photo: Authors with at least one paper displaying on their SSRN Author Page may post a headshot photo of themselves on their Author Page. When you upload a headshot of yourself it will immediately display on your Author page.

Author Page Ranking SSRN displays the all time download ranking and/or citation ranking of an author at the top of the Author page by default if the rank is between 1 and 50,000. You may control if and when we display your ranking for each. You may choose to not display it at all for one or both, or you may choose to display if the ranking is outside the default display range.

No. You do not need an account to freely discover and access content on SSRN.

Create a ticket at SSRN Help Desk and provide us with the user ids of the accounts you would like to consolidate. Your SSRN ID can be found on your "My Account" page. The number is located in the first section after "Author ID: XXXX." In addition to the IDs, provide the following information to SSRN support: name and emails for each of the accounts.

The My Account screen allows users to manage their account including: changing login credentials, profile information, ORCID, affiliations, and author page details.

To add, remove, or update your affiliation use the Affiliations tab on the left hand navigation within your account, or visit the My Account tab and edit the Affiliations section. For more information on setting up your affiliations, visit the SSRN Knowledgebase

On this page you will find a collection of papers written by or submitted on behalf of an author or researcher.

This page contains five sections: Ideas, In Process Papers, Publicly Available Papers, Privately Available Papers, and Inactive Papers.

There are also links available to the author at the top of this page, connecting to the Author Page (a great resource to send to colleagues and interested readers), Author email signature options (short url for ease of use sharing), and access to your My Personal Info page.

Ideas: Tell SSRN what you are currently working on for display in your profile, so that potential collaborators, partners and funding bodies can connect with you.

In Process Papers: This section contains your submitted and not-yet-submitted new submissions and revisions.

Publicly Available Papers: This section contains your Approved Scholarly Papers that will display on your Author Page and are available in the SSRN eLibrary. These are searchable by SSRN and external search engines.

Privately Available Papers: This section contains papers that are not displayed on your Author Page unless the "Include on Author Page" checkbox is checked. They are not available in the public SSRN eLibrary or to the SSRN search engine due to an author request, submission restriction (e.g. restricted conference), or SSRN policy (e.g. paper is an opinion/advocacy paper or is not a scholarly research paper covered by one of SSRN´s networks). If you want a private paper to display in the "Other Papers" section on your SSRN Author Page and as a result be searchable by external search engines (such as Google), click the paper´s "Include on Author Page" checkbox below (if available). Downloads of these papers are not included in computing the total downloads shown on your author page.

Inactive Papers: This section contains papers that have been made inactive by the author or by SSRN (e.g due to a major revision). These papers do not display on your author page and are not available to the SSRN or external search engines.

Beside each paper on your "My Papers" page is a “Modify” button. When you click this, you will be prompted to choose one of three options:

  • Remove the attached PDF file but leave the abstract in SSRN's eLibrary (The abstract-only submission will remain publicly available and searchable in SSRN’s eLibrary and will still display on your Author page in the "Scholarly Papers" section.)
  • Make it Privately Available -- Remove it from SSRN's search engine (The paper will be moved to the "Privately Available" section of your My Papers page and will not display on your Author page. If you want it displayed in the "Other Papers" section of your Author page, check the box "Include on author page" in the Privately Available section next to the paper.)
  • Make it Inactive -- Remove it from SSRN's eLibrary (The paper will be removed from the SSRN eLibrary. It will display in the "Inactive" section of your My Papers page and will not display on your Author page.)

The publisher does not allow revisions to submissions (contact the journal if a revision is needed). We have relationships with certain publishers that give authors the rights to post their papers to SSRN. If you do not want your paper on SSRN please reach out to the publisher.

The My Library page located on your SSRN account contains 3 “tabs” My Favorites, Download History, and Jobs and Announcements. My Favorites will store any papers that you have bookmarked via the "Add Paper to My Library" from the Public Abstract Page. Download History will store any papers that you have downloaded for free or have purchased. Jobs and Announcements will retain any past or present Jobs and Announcements you have submitted to SSRN.

Purchased papers are in the "My Library" Download History Tab.

An Author Profile page lists all the working papers, conference papers, accepted not-yet-published manuscripts and publisher approved versions of record uploaded to SSRN by an author (or on behalf of an author).

Why is an SSRN Author Profile important?

An SSRN Author Profile makes it easier for people to learn more about an author’s work. It can act as an online showcase for their current research, especially if they include a Current Idea description. Their affiliation information and public email address (if included) make it easier for logged in users to contact them. This includes potential funders, employers and collaborators.

How is an SSRN Author Profile created?

All authors who have papers on SSRN have an Author Profile page.

SSRN is a platform for showcasing working papers, conference papers and accepted manuscripts prior to publication, as well as some publisher approved versions of record. Authors can submit papers directly. Someone (e.g., a co-author or institutional administrator) can submit them on an author’s behalf. SSRN customer organizations (e.g., universities, law schools and business schools) that an author is affiliated with can submit them as part of a Research Paper Series. Some may be submitted as conference proceedings or published as part of our Partners in Publishing or First Look series.

Regardless of the method of submission, if an author has at least one paper on SSRN, they will also have an SSRN Author Profile. It displays their name, their affiliation and a list of their papers on SSRN with links to each one. If they have a public email address, this is also shown. They also have the option of adding information about their ongoing research in the form of a brief Current Idea description.

Who can see an SSRN Author Profile?

SSRN Author Profiles are visible to the public. An author’s profile can be found by searching for their name in SSRN, by following a link from one of their papers on SSRN, or by using an internet search engine (e.g., Google or Google Scholar). You do not need to sign in or register to SSRN to see SSRN Author Profiles.

Can a SSRN Author Profile be edited or deleted?

If an author finds inaccurate or incorrect information in their profile, they can simply log into SSRN to update the details. They can also add a Current Idea description when logged in. If an author cannot change something in their SSRN Author Profile, they should submit a help desk ticket at support.ssrn.com.

If an author wishes to delete their SSRN user account, personally submitted papers and/or SSRN Author Profile, they should submit a help desk ticket at support.ssrn.com. Deleting an SSRN Author Profile and personally submitted papers removes that author’s personal data from the platform.

 

SSRN Products and Services

Research Paper Series (RPS) showcase organizational and institutional research. Exposure to SSRN’s extensive community of relevant researchers and scholars increases the brand recognition and benefits authors. Some of the key features are a customized home page to aggregate the research, dissemination of content in a branded eJournal, and dedicated SSRN support.

Navigate to our list of Research Paper Series, and click the button next to the series.

Navigate to our list of Research Paper Series, and click on the name of the series that is of interest. You are routed to a public page showcasing the research from the organization or institution.

If your organization has provided a logo, you can add it to your author profile page. To enable the logo to show, click on My Account within your SSRN account. Click on ‘Edit/ add affiliation info’. Check the box "Show Logo" next to your affiliation.

SSRN is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of research. Each of SSRN's research networks encourages the early distribution of research results by distributing abstracts and full text papers submitted by scholars around the world in SSRN "eJournals." SSRN's email abstract eJournals currently cover thousands of topics reaching millions of viewers. What is an eJournal? An eJournal is an email sent to subscribers, which contains abstracts of papers that have been written in the past year and have been submitted to SSRN. Each paper displays a title, author(s) names, and an abstract of the paper along with a link to view/download the full text paper (when available on SSRN). Click here to view a sample eJournal. The number of eJournal emails distributed to subscribers each week is driven by the quantity of papers we receive in the subject area.

There are many ways for you as an individual or an institution to take advantage of distributing eJournals.

Individual Subscriptions

SSRN users can select from a wide range of journals and topics via our Journal Subscription Manager.

View the instructional video below "How do I subscribe to abstract eJournals? ".

Network access is required to subscribe to Fee-based journals. Individuals can BUY network access for an annual fee that varies across networks, JOIN an organizational site subscription, or REQUEST one-time limited period trial access. Once you have obtained access to a network you can subscribe to both Free and Fee-based journals in that network.

SSRN members may subscribe to institutionally sponsored Free journals without network access.

Curated eJournal Site Subscriptions

eJournal Site Subscriptions allow institutions to ensure their academics are in the know about the latest research trends and gain granular awareness of innovative activities in their field. eJournal Site Subscriptions can be customized to meet your institutional needs, including number of subscribers and research areas of interest.

View the complete the list of institutions who have already taken advange of utilizing the value of Site Subscriptions for their research community. SSRN Site Subscriptions.

To find out more about Subscriptions and how they can keep your researchers current in their field with curated alerts delivered right to their inbox, Contact SSN.

 

Researchers and institutions are under increasing pressure to demonstrate research impact. SSRN offers easy solutions to organize scholarly research and create a successful brand experience for institutions. Contact SSN to learn more.

Some eJournals are free. Many eJournals require either an institutional subscription or an individual subscription. You may sign up for a free trial subscription for eJournals. Click here for a full list of eJournals subscriptions listed by network research area.

Journal Site Subscriptions allow institutions to ensure their academics are in the know about the latest research trends and gain granular awareness of innovative activities in their field. eJournal Site Subscriptions can be customized to meet your institutional needs, including number of subscribers and research areas of interest.

eJournal Alerts are automated notifications that announce the new papers that have been posted on the SSRN site. Customers pay based on the number of users receiving the alerts. To find out more about Site Subscriptions with SSRN Contact Sales

Many papers in the SSRN eLibrary are available as free downloads, however, we do have some charging papers (such as papers submitted by NBER, CEPR, and Wiley-Blackwell) for which you will be prompted for payment. The amount charged is dictated by each submitting organization; SSRN simply houses these papers on our website. A paid site and/or individual subscription to SSRN does not give access to free downloads for any of our charging collections. In order to obtain free downloads of these collections, the subscription must be through the charging organization.

SSRN’s Partners in Publishing solution provides promotion and distribution support for journal publishers. We include the journal’s content in the SSRN eLibrary and ensure that it can easily be discovered. Some of the key features are a customized home page to aggregate the research, dissemination of the content in an eJournal, and dedicated SSRN support.

The publisher does not allow revisions to submissions. If you feel a revision is necessary, please contact the journal.

Navigate to the Partners in Publishing page, and expand the arrow next to the publisher name. Click on the journal name. Click on the title of a paper. Click on the linked reference to display a pop-up with contact information for the journal.

Conference organizers work with SSRN to host conference proceedings within our library using our Proceedings Hosting solution. SSRN helps extend the reach of the papers within the proceedings, the conference event and the accepted/invited authors by hosting and distributing proceedings through our global, interdisciplinary platform. Conference proceedings on SSRN are displayed on a permanent, logo-branded page and are freely accessible to all users.

Learn more about Proceedings Hosting

View conference proceedings on SSRN

 

No. The responsibility for peer review belongs to the conference organizer. SSRN does not facilitate peer review of the proceedings papers and does not provide a review system for conferences. SSRN hosts only a conference’s accepted papers (proceedings).

Yes. Eligible submissions are submitted to Crossref to receive an SSRN DOI which ensures the author(s) can stake a claim to their work very early in the sharing process.

No. SSRN does not provide an ISSN or ISBN for proceedings. However, if a conference obtains an ISSN/ISBN independently of SSRN we can note this on your proceedings.

No. SSRN does not require conferences to use a particular template or format for proceedings papers. If the conference does plan to use a template of their own making, SSRN needs to approve the template before the proceedings are uploaded to SSRN. Your SSRN Proceedings Coordinator will request a sample of your template if you have one.

Also, SSRN does not have a minimum or maximum page number requirement for proceedings papers.

Yes. Authors have access to edit or remove a paper even if it is posted by a conference organizer as part of proceedings. Conference organizers also have access to edit or remove a paper after posting it as part of proceedings. This helps to ensure the most recent, and copyright compliant, version of the paper appears in the proceedings.

It is SSRN’s expectation that conference organizers inform authors the proceedings will be posted on SSRN before uploading the proceedings.

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. It 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 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.

Papers on First Look can be at many different stages of the publication cycle. The ‘First Look Status’ of a paper indicates where it is within the publication cycle. Papers that are ‘Submitted’ are papers that have been submitted to a journal for publication and have not undergone journal review. Papers ‘Under Review’ are undergoing a journal’s peer review process. Papers that are ‘Accepted’ have passed peer review and are undergoing final reviews and edits prior to publication. Papers listed as ‘Preprints’ are either papers that were rejected for publication or were never officially submitted for publication.

Yes. First Look papers are cross classified by SSRN classifiers into other relevant research areas within the general SSRN corpus. This is a great way to increase the discoverability for First Look papers and grant more exposure for First Look journals.

The short answer is no. First Look was designed as a tool for published journals to have a presence in the world of preprints, but it can be beneficial to other research outlets as well. The Equity in STEM First Look is a prime example. This First Look is a partnership with an academic research organization looking for a place to collect and promote research from its members. So, while designed for journals, this First Look is a place for any group looking to showcase and promote early stage research.

Papers stay on First Look forever, except for specific circumstances, such as an author’s request for removal. A paper’s status may change, but it will not be removed, even if rejected from publication. All papers remain on First Look unless they are requested to be removed by the author or the owner (journal) of the First Look.

Please direct questions regarding your First Look submission to the SSRN Online Help Desk

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. Learn More.

Mendeley Data is an open research data repository available for researchers to upload and share their research data. SSRN’s integration with Mendeley allows researchers to upload their research data alongside their paper, during submission or post-submission via a widget. Data sets are available on the author’s article page.

A dataset is the term for a collection of research data files produced in the course of research for a paper or project, plus accompanying metadata: describing the data, and indicating who produced the data, and who may access it - i.e. title, description, categories, contributors, license and so forth.

Datasets can be shared privately amongst individuals and, published to share with the world. Sharing research data is important for science as it enables data reuse and supports reproducibility of studies. Every dataset has a DOI (digital object identifier) for easy citation reference.

Watch this brief video to learn how to submit your Mendeley Dataset to your SSRN submission

A Mendeley section can be found at the end of the submission form. Select “Upload research data” to upload it to the Mendeley Data repository.

Yes. A Mendeley section can be found at the end of the submission form. Select “Upload research data” to upload it to the Mendeley Data repository.

Once approved, the Data Files will appear in the “Mendeley” section at the bottom of your SSRN Abstract Page and will be available to download directly from Mendeley.

Currently, you cannot link to an existing Data Set already stored on Mendeley’s site.

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