SSRN and Elsevier

Categories: SSRN publishing Elsevier consolidation
So Elsevier has bought SSRN, a private company that fills a role for many academics that is an exemplar of the power and utility of a true commons for scholarship. There is much wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth, and the obligatory call for the community to pony up and create a true open piece of infrastructure. Well, it turns out building things is pretty hard, and building things that people will actually use is even harder.

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