SSRN launches a network dedicated to biology: BioRN

The Biology Research Network lets researchers share content and collaborate across disciplines


SSRN has long been a go-to for researchers in the social sciences, enabling them to post their papers before publication, share ideas and collaborate. Since joining Elsevier a year ago, there have been a number of significant updates to SSRN.

Now it has a network for researchers in biology: the Biology Research Network, or BioRN.

“We’ve had several weeks of testing BioRN, and the initial response to the new network has been spectacular,” said Gregg Gordon, Managing Director of SSRN.

Already, BioRN has close to 4,500 papers live from 6,500 authors.

“SSRN is in a unique position to serve the biology research community,” Gordon said. “We have over 20 years of experience in sharing and benefit from Elsevier’s knowledge, technology and connection to its authors.”

SSRN already has a large amount of biology-related content across its networks. For example, there is a significant amount of ecology content on its Sustainability Research Network bioethics law content on its Legal Scholarship Network.

“BioRN will enable close collaboration between the life and social sciences across a variety of disciplines, encourage constructive feedback from peers and enhance researchers’ reputations,” Gordon said. “Whether you’re a biology student or a senior researcher, sharing your work and collaborating on BioRN has many advantages.”

Biology researchers are able to post preprints and working papers on BioRN, share ideas and other early stage research, and collaborate. It allows users to quickly upload and read abstracts and full-text papers, free of charge. A preprint is the author’s own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer-reviewed or had any value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy-editing, technical enhancements). A preprint server, or working paper repository as they are also known, allows users to share these documents.

SSRN was founded in 1994. Since joining Elsevier in May 2016, SSRN has completely redesigned its website making it cleaner and easier to use. It has also launched full-text search. SSRN is now working towards deeper integration with Elsevier’s other research products, particularly Mendeley’s reference management software and Pure’s research management system.

Join the webcast

Gregg Gordon, Managing Director of SSRN, will host a live webcast for anyone interested in the new BioRN network. The webcast will be held on June 21 at 9 am BST, 2 pm EDT. You can register here.

About SSRN

SSRN enables researchers to share and distribute their research well before it’s published in journals or books. Over 2 million researchers use SSRN and participate in its 30 community-driven networks, which span disciplines such as economics, management, law – and now biology.

SSRN hosts over 340,000 authors’ submissions of nearly 625,000 papers and 750,000 abstracts in its eLibrary, and has delivered more than 100 million downloads. It serves researchers, students, entrepreneurs, scholars, businesses and organizations around the world.


Written by

David Tucker

Written by

David Tucker

David Tucker manages communications for Elsevier’s Research Products. David is passionate about science, technology and the role communications plays at the intersection of both. He’s been a PR professional for over 15 years and has managed communications for several global organizations, including GSK, Barclays and Microsoft. He works out of Elsevier’s offices in London.


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