The second half of 2012 has witnessed continued progress for the SSRN Community.

We started new sponsored networks in Sustainability with GSE Research, Innovation with ITX Corp., and Anthropology with support from the American Anthropological Association. In addition, our first non-English language scholarly research network, Hebrew, will start in early 2013 in partnership with Bar Ilan University.

We exceeded 60 million cumulative full-text downloads in 2012. This milestone sparked an interesting conversation and time for reflection in our offices. It came within days of researching technologies from our early days where we found the SSRN eLibrary had 2,500 full-text PDFs and we were delivering hundreds of papers per month. We are very appreciative at SSRN to again be rated as the #1 Open Access web repository in the world and, more importantly, an integral part of encouraging innovative scholarly research by dramatically increasing the free and virtually instant worldwide distribution of scholarly papers.

The SSRN eLibrary currently has 460,000 paper abstracts from over 213,000 authors and received over 67,000 new submissions during the year. We have extracted 8 million references and 8.1 million footnotes, and matched 5.5 million citations from our 372,000 full text papers.

Our year-end distribution break is scheduled for Monday, 24 December 2012 through Sunday, 6 January 2013. During the break, SSRN's abstracting eJournals will not be distributed so that we can expand the capacity and improve the performance of our servers. Our web site will continue to support the worldwide distribution of scholarly research during our break. We will continue to provide support for downloads, submissions, and subscriptions but there will be periods of time when the site is unavailable.

For any requests during the break, please contact customer support at or call toll free 877-SSRNHelp (877-777-6435). Outside of the United States, call +1 585 442 8170. We are open Monday through Friday between 8:30AM and 6:00PM, United States Eastern.

I am always interested in your feedback about SSRN and our team loves to hear stories about how SSRN has impacted your life. Please contact me at or use our "Feedback to SSRN" link on most SSRN web pages.

Thank you again for your continued support and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Gregg Gordon
Social Science Research Network
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