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Political Science on SSRN

Via Jacob Levy, SSRN has now created a political science network (this has been in the works for a few months). This has both advantages and disadvantages - it means that political science papers will be more widely available than before, but through a clunky and often bug-ridden interface, provided by a for-profit company whose interests aren’t always going to coincide with those of political scientists. I’d have liked to have seen political scientists build on the ArXiv model instead - it seems much more robust and easily expandable as Web 2.0 goodness becomes more widely disseminated among political scientists. Instead, we had politicalscience.org, which doesn’t seem to my knowledge to have had any very measurable impact on the field (in large part, I suspect because of its dreadful interface, which doesn’t even offer stable permalinks).

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