Digital Commons and SSRN: Turning Perceived Conflict into Real Synergy

The functions of SSRN and Digital Commons can appear to overlap enough to raise concerns in some quarters. Faculty worried about download rankings, for example, will question the need to put their documents in both places.

In this webinar, James Donovan, Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky, and Carol Watson, Director of the Law Library at the University of Georgia, discussed ways to allay this fear of the zero-sum download statistic. Instead of being competitors, SSRN and Digital Commons are sufficiently distinct to create a synergy that can exploit the advantages of each platform to more widely promote faculty scholarship.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The history of SSRN and the development of institutional repositories
  • How to positively address faculty concerns about losing SSRN download statistics
  • A statistical analysis of downloads on each platform and research behavior
  • The strengths and advantages of each platform

A copy of the slides used in this presentation is available at