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Hi Paige and all -

I just responded to this thread on our Digital Commons Google Group, but I
wanted to make sure I send this out to the folks on the this list as well.
I expect you'll soon get a response from others on the list as well as our
advisory board, but I thought I'd add a few notes from our end that can
clarify a few points:

Since joining Elsevier, we have been looking for ways to leverage our
position to help our customers get access to their faculty content and make
it available as part of their open access IR initiatives. This pilot is a
first step in that direction. As you know, any content on your Digital
Commons platform belongs to the institution and is completely portable.
Instead of enclosing works within a closed we ecosystem, we believe that
this pilot explores the opposite - the potential of making a greater amount
of content openly available.

John, to answer your question, the content we are looking at making open
access isn't just from one publisher, but represents the a really broad
swath and is determined by what faculty post on SSRN.

In designing the pilot, we have been very much customer-driven. Our
customers, particularly those who face reluctance from faculty to engage in
their IR fearing that they will be penalized in their rankings, have long
asked for more interoperability with SSRN.  For this pilot, we asked our
participants what they'd like, and what they wouldn't and that's what we
are setting out to explore. Actual integration plans will depend on what
the results are, again from the perspective of the customer.

Finally, our integrations with products like SSRN and soon with Plum are
being pursued agnostically. What does this mean? Heres' an example:  PlumX
metrics will soon be available on DC article pages; however, you'll be able
to opt-out, have Altmetrics badges in addition or instead, or just stick to
your current download counts. Hopefully this also clarifies Gregg Gordon's
quote: if the pilot’s results are positive, SSRN can see the potential of
similar integration with other repository platforms.

If anyone has questions about the pilot, I'm happy to talk to you more.
Please reach out to me at my email at



Promita Chatterji

Product Marketing Manager


*From: *"John G. Dove" <>
*Date: *Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 9:11 AM
*To: *Promita Chatterji <>
*Cc: *"" <>
*Subject: *Re: [SCHOLCOMM] bepress and SSRN Announce Integration Pilot with
Columbia and University of Georgia Law Schools


You say that "One goal of the pilot is to support open access initiatives
by helping libraries quickly populate their institutional repositories".
This begs the question "populate from where"?  If it is only populating
from one publisher, this is not Open Access.

My question is, have you engaged any set of publishers to make sure that
your solutions allow any and all publishers to provide things like
free-auto-deposit using appropriate standards like SWORD 1.3?

-john dove


John G. Dove, personal e-mail

Check out my latest post on LinkedIn:  Not all Open Content is fully


John G. Dove, personal e-mail

Check out my latest post on LinkedIn:  Not all Open Content is fully

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 3:10 PM, Chatterji, Promita (ELS-BKY) <> wrote:

**apologies for cross-posting**

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

Bepress <> and SSRN <> 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 and readers who interact with both platforms; as such, the pilot
has the potential to have a significant impact in the law sector.

Finally, the pilot explores ways to make life easier for libraries and
staff who use both systems. SSRN and bepress will work with library staff
at both campuses to obtain faculty permission and experiment with various
submission models, including single submission, toward the goal of
discovering solutions that help researchers and institutions simplify their

Gregg Gordon, the Managing Director for SSRN, notes, “we look forward to
the results of this work; if our community finds this kind of integration
with institutional repositories valuable, and if the pilot is replicable at
scale, we will explore expanding pilots with other institutional repository
platforms beyond Digital Commons.”

The pilot is slated to run from March to June of 2018; bepress and SSRN
plan to share their findings at the American Association of Law Libraries
in July as well as in other public forums following the conference. For
further information about the pilots, please contact Promita Chatterji at


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