SSRN as an Initial Revolution in Academic Knowledge Aggregation and Dissemination

David A. Bray

Harvard University; University of Oxford; National Defense University

Sascha Vitzthum

Emory University

Benn Konsynski

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.

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Keywords: knowledge ecosystems, attention spans, attention economy, organizational science, social psychology, publications, recommendations, market

JEL Classification: D70, D83, D89

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Date posted: January 10, 2008 ; Last revised: August 3, 2014

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Bray, David A. and Vitzthum, Sascha and Konsynski, Benn, SSRN as an Initial Revolution in Academic Knowledge Aggregation and Dissemination (January 7, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1081478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1081478

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University of Oxford
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Sascha Vitzthum
Emory University ( email )
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Benn Konsynski
Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )
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Atlanta, GA 30322-2722
United States
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