From a SSRN Blog Post:
Last summer we gained a new sister company when Elsevier acquired bepress.
Although the news managed to raise some some eyebrows on our veteran team members, there was an obvious chance for collaboration. After many months of planning and discussions on what that collaboration might look like, we have finally begun a four-month pilot to explore integration between our platforms. Participating in the pilot with us is Columbia Law School’s Arthur W. Diamond Law Library and University of Georgia School of Law’s Library.
We’ll be working side-by-side to help find solutions to the obstacles faced in promoting open access scholarship. We are offering a new model to demonstrate the increased reach of legal scholarship when work is available through an open access repository as well as a specialized network of peers. We are simplifying the collection of papers and the data needed to measure the research impact on both SSRN and bepress.
With this test we also hope to streamline the work of libraries and staff who use both SSRN and bepress. We are working with library staff to obtain faculty permission and experiment with various submission models, including single submission, toward the goal of discovering solutions that help researchers and institutions simplify their processes.