Presented as a part of the Charleston Library Conference in 2018 on November 8.


The leadership teams of bepress and SSRN will present the findings of an integration pilot conducted in partnership with Columbia Law School’s Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, the University of Georgia School of Law’s Alexander Campbell King Law Library, and Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Expanding the reach of open access scholarship is central to the mission of both bepress and SSRN. However for many institutions, the separation of the two platforms had created barriers to faculty engagement and the building of successful open access initiatives. With both companies now part of the Elsevier portfolio, it seemed the right time to launch an integration pilot that could demonstrate the increased reach of scholarship when available through an open access repository as well as a specialized network of peers. This spring, SSRN and bepress product teams worked with library staff to obtain faculty permission and experiment with various integration models, including simplified workflows for library staff, repository population, and the aggregation of research impact on both platforms. During this presentation, Jean-Gabriel Bankier and Gregg Gordon will present the findings of the pilot.

  • What are the data and learnings from integration of research impact between platforms?
  • What kinds of workflows function best for administrators at institutions leveraging both Digital Commons and SSRN?
  • How to foster author trust and enthusiasm for placing content on both platforms?