Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a world wide collaborative of over 237,000 authors and more than 1.7 million users that is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research. Founded in 1994, it is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. Each of SSRN's networks encourages the early distribution of research results by reviewing and distributing submitted abstracts and full text papers from scholars around the world. SSRN encourages readers to communicate directly with other subscribers and authors concerning their own and others' research.
Academic papers in PDF can be uploaded directly to the site and are then available for worldwide free downloading. These papers can be downloaded in locked PDF format for local viewing and printing. Users can also subscribe to abstracting email journals covering a broad range of subject matters. These e-journals then periodically distribute emails containing abstracts (with links to the full text where applicable) of papers recently submitted to SSRN in the respective field. Authors and papers are ranked by their number of downloads, which has become an informal indicator of popularity on prepress and open access sites.
The Legal Scholarschip Network (LSN) distributes quality research related to law, economics, and business in 61 different subject areas. For the submitted papers of our Faculty of Law see the Amsterdam law School Legal Studies Research Paper Studies and for more information about submission see the ARILS website.