This is a good thing and a good announcement.
Seeing 2 responses today, I am reminded of the running gag in Monty Python’s 
Life of Brian where the various factions for the liberation of Palestine spend 
their energy bashing each other.
Not sure if a response is called for, but I am sure that you shouldn’t be hurt 
or discouraged by negativity.

Paul Royster
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries<><>

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Subject: [GOAL] bepress and SSRN Announce Integration Pilot with Columbia and 
University of Georgia Law Schools

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bepress and SSRN Announce Integration Pilot with Columbia and University of 
Georgia Law Schools

 are pleased to announce a joint pilot to explore integration between their two 
platforms. The four-month pilot launches today with the participation of 
Columbia Law School’s Arthur W. Diamond Law Library and University of Georgia 
School of Law’s Library.
Both bepress and SSRN are eager to explore potential solutions to the obstacles 
that professional schools and their libraries face in promoting their open 
access scholarship. The initial pilot offers one possible model for 
demonstrating the increased reach of legal scholarship when work is available 
through an open access repository as well as a specialized network of peers, by 
simplifying population of and aggregating research impact from both platforms.

“We are incredibly excited to launch this project,” stated Jean-Gabriel 
Bankier, Managing Director at bepress. “It is the first step in our vision to 
work together with others in the Elsevier ecosystem in order to better support 
our community with their open access initiatives.” Columbia Law School Library 
Director Kent McKeever noted, “this is exactly the kind of synergy that I was 
hoping to see now that both products are under the Elsevier umbrella.” With 
Elsevier’s acquisition of bepress in August 2017, both platforms are now part 
of the Elsevier portfolio.

One goal of the pilot is to support open access initiatives by helping 
libraries quickly populate their institutional repositories. SSRN and bepress 
will explore ways to easily transfer research articles, enabling this 
scholarship to become part of an institution’s open access collections. 
“Integrating these two platforms will reduce some of the hurdles to making law 
faculties’ scholarship freely available through open access,” states Carol 
Watson, Director of the Law Library at the University of Georgia.

The pilot also tests potential benefits for authors. Bankier states, “we 
believe that authors should be able to get credit for their readership, 
regardless of whether an article is downloaded from bepress’s Digital Commons 
or SSRN.” As Watson puts it, the integration will lead to a “more accurate 
assessment of the true impact of their legal scholarship” by harnessing the 
discovery power that is at the heart of both platforms. SSRN and bepress are 
leading names in the law scholarship, with thousands of authors
Promita Chatterji
Product Marketing Manager

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