SSRN as an Initial Revolution in Academic Knowledge Aggregation and Dissemination
David A. Bray
National Defense University - Information Resources Management College; Emory University - Department of Decision & Information Analysis
Emory University - Goizueta Business School
January 7, 2008
Within this paper we consider our results of using the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) over a period of 18 months to distribute our working papers to the research community. Our experiences have been quite positive, with SSRN serving as a platform both to inform our colleagues about our research as well as inform us about related research (through email and telephoned conversations of colleagues who discovered our paper on SSRN). We then discuss potential future directions for SSRN to consider, and how SSRN might well represent an initial revolution in 21st century academic knowledge aggregation and dissemination. Our paper is intended to be a working paper on SSRN itself, for early comments and iterative improvements.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 4
Keywords: knowledge ecosystems, attention spans, attention economy, organizational science, social psychology, publications, recommendations, market
JEL Classification: D70, D83, D89working papers series
Date posted: January 10, 2008 ; Last revised: January 17, 2008
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