I’ve been waiting for it for a long time, and was very happy to see that SocArXiv took shape after Elsevier acquired SSRN. Although SSRN seems to have played fair, I was always somewhat uneasy about its for-profit ownership. Perhaps nothing will change with Elsevier as the new owners, but the unease does not go away. So I was quite excited to see SocArXiv appearing. I’m eagerly awaiting their proper launch (there is currently a temporary e-mail submission system to get going).

I really hope SocArXiv will be a success because it’s not enough to make our research available (on our websites, on an institutional repository, on Zenodo, etc.): it also needs to be found by those who look for it and reach new audiences.

Now, who is ready for an OHL for the social sciences?

Post SSRN?

Ever since SSRN announced its sale to Elsevier I’ve been musing post-SSRN. While SSRN has always been a commercial enterprise, re-investing profits into the business is quite a different kettle of fish to being part of Elsevier.

I’m currently exploring Zenodo hosted at the venerable CERN, and Econstor hosted at the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

Maybe we are slowly learning that we need to be in control of our infrastructure if open access is really going to mean something.