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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

More controversy about SSRN policies

James Grimmelmann, SSRN Considered Harmful, a preprint posted to SSRN February 26, 2007.

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.

Also see Grimmelmann's blog summary

For background, see this Cyberprof discussion thread from September 2006 and this blog post by Daniel Solove from November 2006.