From a SocArXiv Blog Post:
SocArXiv announces a partnership with the Center for Open Science to develop a free, open access, open source archive for social science research. The initiative responds to growing recognition of the need for faster, open sharing of research on a truly open access platform for the social sciences. Papers on SocArXiv will be permanently available and free to the public.
In recent years, academic networking sites have offered to make preprints available and help researchers connect with each other, but the dominant networks are run by for-profit companies whose primary interest is in growing their business, not in providing broad access to knowledge. SocArXiv puts access front and center, and its mission is to serve researchers and readers, not to make money.
- The first phase of the project will be a preprint server for social scientists, providing the following services:
- Fast, free uploading of academic papers and open access for all readers
- Free registration open to all, regardless of academic affiliation
- Permanent identifiers that link to the latest version of a paper (authors can provide links to versions published elsewhere)
- Full access and discoverability through Google Scholar and other research tools
- The option to use any Creative Commons license
- Comment and discussion on papers among registered users
- Grouping of papers together for conferences or working groups
- Analytics data on how often papers have been accessed
- Easy sharing on social media sites – without requiring readers to register
UPDATE July 12, 2016: New Open-Access Social Science Research Archive (via Inside Higher Ed)