SocArXiv, a New Open Social Science Archive Announces Development Plans
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
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.