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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

More on the Humanities Research Network at SSRN

SSRN Announces New Humanities Research Network (HRN), a press release from the Social Science Research Network, October 19, 2007.  Excerpt:

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is pleased to announce the creation of the Humanities Research Network (HRN). HRN will provide a world-wide, online community for research in all areas of Humanities, following the model of the other subject matter networks within SSRN.

We expect HRN to become a comprehensive online resource for research in humanities, providing scholars with access to current work in their field and facilitating research and scholarship. Initially, HRN will begin with the following networks:

HRN CLASSIC RESEARCH NETWORK Director: Lesley Dean-Jones, University of Texas at Austin

HRN ENGLISH & AMERICAN LITERATURE RESEARCH NETWORK Director: Susan Heinzelman, University of Texas at Austin

HRN PHILOSOPHY RESEARCH NETWORK Directors: Lawrence Becker, Hollins University and Brie Gertler, University of Virginia

The abstracting eJournals for each of these networks are listed below [PS: omitted here]. You can view the expandable Humanities Research Network taxonomy [here]....

SSRN provides worldwide free access to all papers included in all of our Institutional Research Paper Series, and all other papers uploaded to the eLibrary directly by an author.

SSRN's objective is to provide rapid, worldwide distribution of research to authors and their readers and to facilitate communication among them at the lowest possible cost. In pursuit of this objective, we allow authors to upload papers without charge. And any paper an author uploads to SSRN is downloadable for free, worldwide.

SSRN reinvests all of the net cash it receives (principally from subscriptions to our abstracting journals and from institutions that use us to distribute their research papers), after expenses and servicing debt, to enhance our services to authors and users. SSRN's shareholders have not received any return on their investment, including dividends. To minimize potential conflicts with authors and users, SSRN has no outside investors.

Also see Jennifer Howard's story in yesterday's Chronicle of Higher Education.  Excerpt:

The Social Science Research Network, an online clearinghouse for current research popular among social scientists, has created a Humanities Research Network along the same model.

The new network will cover three areas: philosophy, classics, and English and American literature. More disciplines will be added in the coming months.

Authors can upload abstracts or PDF files of working papers, or share published papers as long as they hold the copyright. There is no charge to upload a paper or, in most cases, to download one that is posted. Each author’s contact information appears along with the article so that readers can offer comments.

Scholars involved say that the network, known as the HRN, meets an urgent professional need....

PS:  For more background, see my post from last month on the Philosophy Research Network and some restrictions at SSRN unheard of at other OA repositories.