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SSRN is an open-access online pre-print community providing valuable services to leading academic schools and government institutions. Specialising primarily in social sciences, including economics, law, corporate governance, and humanities, SSRN is branching out into other science disciplines, providing opportunities for scholars to post their early research, collaborate on theories and discoveries and get credit for their ideas before peer-reviewed publication.

SSRN is instrumental as a starting point for PhD students, professors, and institutional faculties to post early-stage research, prior to publication in academic journals.

SSRN provides the online database of early scholarly research – a permanent and searchable online library – always available, worldwide. We make it simple for authors to post their working papers and abstracts. Academics and researchers can browse the SSRN data library and upload their own papers free of charge. The majority of papers can be downloaded from SSRN free of charge.

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