Hi Peter –
Since your question was to me, I’ll respond for bepress here. We see our role 
as building a platform that excels in making open access content discoverable. 
We leave the exact definition of open access, including licensing and access 
control, to our customers to decide.

So, for the record, yes, Digital Commons meets your criteria when our customers 
decide to make their work openly available, which is almost all of the time. 
When schools decide to restrict access on their content, we support them in 
that too. It’s their content and we have no claim to it.

Promita Chatterji
Product Marketing Manager

From: <goal-boun...@eprints.org> on behalf of Peter Murray-Rust 
Reply-To: "Global Open Access List (Successor of AmSci)" <goal@eprints.org>
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:50 AM
To: "Global Open Access List (Successor of AmSci)" <goal@eprints.org>
Subject: Re: [GOAL] bepress and SSRN Announce Integration Pilot with Columbia 
and University of Georgia Law Schools

Please can the Elsevier poster of this announcement define exactly (in 
operational terms, not marketing fluff) what is meant by "openaccess" . When I 
visit the SSRN site I find it is a walled garden with the message:
What Happened?

We have observed an unusual download pattern.

The reason why this might happen:

  *   Accessing through a proxy server
  *   Having problems downloading a paper
  *   Accidentally downloading a paper too frequently

Please consider signing in or creating a free account. You can continue 
downloading this paper and you will no longer see this page. It also helps us 
track reader interest and provide accurate download counts to our authors and 
This seems standard for other visitors who have tried to download even a single 
paper. My interpretation is that Elsevier (because SSRN and Bepress are now 
Elsevier) want to monitor and control readers in a walled garden. Unless I am 
reliably informed otherwise I expect that Elsevier will track all my actions on 
the site (monitor), probably report them to third parties, form data products 
out of my actions (monitoring) and also provide a nonobjective set of search 
results based on whatever Elsevier wants to promote (this is common in walled 
Could the Product Marketing Manager inform this list precisely:
* whether visitors can use SSRN/Bepress anonymously without registering?
* what the explicit licence is on the articles (e.g. CC BY)
* whether text and data mining is allowed without Elsevier' permission
The answers to all these questions can be single words. If they are not (YES, 
CC-BY, YES) then I do not regard this as Open Access

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 7:11 PM, Chatterji, Promita (ELS-BKY) 
<pchatte...@bepress.com<mailto:pchatte...@bepress.com>> wrote:
** apologies for cross-posting**

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

 and SSRN<https://www.ssrn.com/en/> 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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