Demystifying The SSRN Process

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Demystifying The SSRN Process

  1. 2. <ul><li>Lifelong legal learning, mastering content, extending investigations, self-direction, controlling learning. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine the extent of information you need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access the needed information effectively and efficiently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate information and its sources critically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporate selected information into your knowledge base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand the economic, legal, ethical & social issues surrounding the use of information </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Social Science Research Network </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Michael C. Jensen, Chairman </li></ul><ul><li>A leading online research community which houses academic working papers in a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Free submissions and downloads </li></ul>
  3. 4. Synergies <ul><li>Literature shows parallel development </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information Literacy in non-law education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching effectiveness in law schools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Future teaching roles for academic librarians </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarship collaboration and networks / respositories </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open access movement </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><li>Old World of Law reviews </li></ul><ul><li>New World of Web 2.0 Communications Channels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social publishing sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social content / media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing, collaboration, productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Crowd Sourcing” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 7. <ul><li>Embrace the bigger picture… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary depositories breed innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications of your law publications to other disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wider audience broadens your </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>readership and impact factor </li></ul></ul>
  6. 9. Paul H. Edelman & Tracey E. George, SIX DEGREES OF CASS SUNSTEIN: Collaboration Networks in Legal Scholarship (Green Bag, Autumn, 2007) Legal academia is undergoing many changes, from the rise of interdisciplinary scholarship to the increase in “post-doctoral” opportunities in major law schools. Many of these changes can be seen as a move to a more academic model of law school and away from the professional school model. Yet one way in which legal academia has distinguished itself from many academic disciplines is in its reluctance to embrace collaboration in the production of knowledge. We think that this is beginning to change and this paper is one of the first attempts to quantify the level of collaboration in law. Unfortunately we are limited by the availability of data to do a full-blown analysis as has been done in other disciplines. Nevertheless, by following in the tradition of the original work on ERD numbers we think we have made a step forward in seeing the direction of collaboration in law.
  7. 11. Traditional measures such as Impact Factor are limited (does not account for unpublished work or give proper credit to OA journals). Scholars are looking for other measures based on connections to manage the growth. SSRN uses a variety of measures (downloads, citations, soon to add Carl Bergstrom’s eigenFactor) so that users can “roll their own” Ranking.
  8. 12. IDEA DRAFT FINAL
  9. 14. >>> 10/11/09 9:40 AM >>> Dear Tom, Thanks very much for the quick reply. The UNH library is pushing for an open access policy that encourages faculty to publish in open access journals, giving reasons if one does publish in a commerical journal. It also wishes to set up a university archive of scholarly productions, presumably similar to the ones at Harvard and others who have instituted such a policy. The library's motivation is primarily economic as part of a nationwide movement to pressure commercial journals to lower their subscription fees. Whether this will work I do not know, Some open access journals demand higher fees for authors. The big, well-endowed universities cover such fees for faculty. A problem might be to make sure that UNH does so despite other pressures on the budget. Best, Val
  10. 15. <ul><li>IDEA example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pierce Law Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IP Mall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LSN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nellco Legal Scholarship Repository </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 17. <ul><ul><li>Open Source, free software that allows Pierce to create their own repositories </li></ul></ul>
  12. 18. <ul><li>https://lawlib.wlu.edu/lexopus/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.docstoc.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.scribd.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brighttalk.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.myplick.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://show.zoho.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideboom.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://ezinearticles.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ehow.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://digg.com/ </li></ul>
  13. 19. <ul><li>As SSRN’s use has increased so has its reputation as a source of scholarship. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the U.S. Supreme Court cited a SSRN working paper in its recent Boumediene v. Bush opinion (actually the second time a SSRN working paper was cited this year by the Court) and several law blogs report these to be the first ever citations to working papers in Supreme Court opinions. </li></ul>
  14. 21. Paul H. Edelman & Tracey E. George, SIX DEGREES OF CASS SUNSTEIN: Collaboration Networks in Legal Scholarship (Green Bag, Autumn, 2007) Legal academia is undergoing many changes, from the rise of interdisciplinary scholarship to the increase in “post-doctoral” opportunities in major law schools. Many of these changes can be seen as a move to a more academic model of law school and away from the professional school model. Yet one way in which legal academia has distinguished itself from many academic disciplines is in its reluctance to embrace collaboration in the production of knowledge. We think that this is beginning to change and this paper is one of the first attempts to quantify the level of collaboration in law. Unfortunately we are limited by the availability of data to do a full-blown analysis as has been done in other disciplines. Nevertheless, by following in the tradition of the original work on ERD numbers we think we have made a step forward in seeing the direction of collaboration in law.
  15. 23. I need my laptop. How the heck do you find anything in books?
  16. 27. <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional and grey materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early intelligence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Publishing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advancement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public relations </li></ul></ul>
  17. 28. <ul><li>Get & give feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Pierce content more accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent location to distribute papers </li></ul><ul><li>Can have immediate debates on other’s ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Allows work to have global influence </li></ul><ul><li>Larger cohort are women on SSRN numbers </li></ul><ul><li>No measure of quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content from peer reviewed to any paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FAQ: Can I post non-scientific papers on SSRN such as short op-ed, opinion, or expositional papers; the sort of papers that I would generally include in my vita under the section entitled &quot;Other Papers&quot;? Yes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No full text searching </li></ul><ul><li>Vanity Game? </li></ul><ul><li>Generational Divide </li></ul>
  18. 31. <ul><li>Legal Scholarship Network's Professional Announcements - Last Update 6/19/08 Placing a Professional Announcement </li></ul><ul><li>Call for Papers and Participants - Conferences Call for Papers - Competitions Call for Papers - Research Projects Call for Papers - Journals and Books Call for Applicants - Academic Programs Awards, Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships Available SSRN Announcements </li></ul>
  19. 32. <ul><li>Email abstracting Journals cover over 400 different subject areas </li></ul><ul><li>Announcing New LSN Subject Matter Abstracting eJournals View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Legal-Writing.html Subscribe: http://hq.ssrn.com/jourInvite.cfm?link=Legal-Writing </li></ul>
  20. 43. <ul><li>Have ready: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Abstract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Names, contact information, and affiliations for all co-authors not in the SSRN database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal citation (for accepted and forthcoming papers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permission from copyright holder, if not yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The email and postal addresses, phone and fax numbers, and the affiliation of the contact author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic version of the paper in PDF </li></ul></ul>
  21. 46. <ul><li>Reference tool allows you to click backwards through a paper’s references to find research it was based on </li></ul><ul><li>Citation tool allows you to click forward in citations to a paper to find those papers which referenced this paper </li></ul>
  22. 51. <ul><li>Include the URL for your SSRN Author Home Page at the bottom of your email signature and any other place you can think of…cite yourself… </li></ul><ul><li>Keep only one copy of each paper on the web and post it on SSRN. </li></ul><ul><li>Post your old papers on SSRN. </li></ul><ul><li>Caution: Do not try to game the system. </li></ul>
  23. 52. <ul><li>Generally only 1 out of 5 abstract views results in a download </li></ul><ul><li>All SSRN downloads start with reader visiting the paper’s abstract page </li></ul>
  24. 53. <ul><li>Many sources to help with scientific abstracts but not many for law </li></ul><ul><li>Most list the following components: motivation (why do we care?), problem statement, approach, results, conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Taken for granted and we are expected to know how to write one </li></ul>
  25. 54. <ul><li>Pique readers interest and curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Provide topic info </li></ul><ul><li>Provide clear central thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Show how it fits with the other research in that area – what is new, useful & non-obvious </li></ul><ul><li>Use terms to help it come up in searches </li></ul><ul><li>Find abstract you like and use as a model </li></ul>
  26. 55. <ul><li>Avoid last minute abstract </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid passive voice </li></ul><ul><li>No typos or grammatical errors </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid bloviosity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>250-400 words </li></ul></ul>

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