Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Elsevier Acquires SSRN

ESSRNPress Release, Elsevier Acquires the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), the Leading Social Science and Humanities Repository and Online Community:

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today the acquisition of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Founded in 1994, SSRN is a Rochester, NY-based scholarly research preprint repository and online community. SSRN will be further developed alongside Mendeley, a London-based free reference manager and scholarly collaboration network owned by Elsevier.

SSRN members will benefit from the Mendeley technology platform, its scholarly collaboration network, a leading reference manager and other personal library management tools. Additionally, SSRN members will benefit from access to Mendeley's researcher professional profile capabilities, person to person network communications and "follow" capabilities. For Elsevier and Mendeley, adding SSRN accelerates its social community strategy, brings opportunities for enhanced author relationships, and provides access to a leading resource for content.

"Our goal is to further enhance engagement within and around a SSRN member's academic work, while still providing the same core services that our members value and expect," said Gregg Gordon, President and CEO, SSRN. "Mendeley has thrived since obtaining the support of the world's largest science publisher, and now we will be able to offer broader services that more deeply integrate into the workflows of all parties in the social network of science. Most importantly, we will continue our core mission of providing researchers with free submissions and free downloads." ...

SSRN's Chairman, CEO and other employees will remain with the company, and SSRN will retain its freemium model, with content 'free to submit, and free to download' for its users. More information about this announcement can be found on Elsevier's online community and information site, Elsevier Connect. Financial terms are not being disclosed.


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Now that Elsevier has got hold of SSRN, it is only a matter of time before the fine tradition of "free" will be history. A company that hangs its hat on selling information will not be giving much of it away for free. If they do keep the "promise" of free access, they will for sure hamper said free access with slow speeds, pop-ups, and other internet tricks to get users to "upgrade" to some kind of paid access.

Posted by: Old Ruster from JDJunkyard | May 17, 2016 7:03:03 PM