A group of sociologists and librarians said on Saturday that they, in partnership with the Center for Open Science, will develop a new open-access archive for social science research. The archive, called SocArXiv, will let anyone upload, read and share academic papers, according to the announcement. The announcement comes less than two months after the publishing giant Elsevier said it had acquired the Social Science Research Network, a move many open-access advocates criticized. Although the announcement does not mention the SSRN acquisition, it states that the "dominant networks [that make preprints available and help researchers connect with each other] are run by for-profit companies whose primary interest is in growing their business, not in providing broad access to knowledge."
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