In 1994 an electronic network of easily searchable abstracts of social science research papers (with accompanying downloadable, full-text documents) was created through a collaboration between the faculties of Stanford and Columbia Universities to serve the needs of the worldwide academic community. Known as the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), it eventually added Internet-accessible sub-networks including the Legal Scholarship Network.
Subscribing to SSRN to Receive Weekly Research Papers of Interest; Searching in SSRN
There are a number of benefits to faculty who post papers on SSRN:
A Word about SSRN Statistics
In the process of collecting and downloading faculty research materials by end users, SSRN generates a number of useful statistics based on several categories that include: 1) the number of times an author's paper has been downloaded; 2) the number of times all the authors papers have been downloaded; and 3) the number of times all papers from a particular institution have been downloaded. The law school also receives an institutional rank based on the number of papers uploaded, downloaded, and the like. Sorting from highest to lowest number of downloads within the law school's institutional repository is also possible.