Women’s and Gender Studies Research Network

Elsevier has announced that SSRN, its working paper repository and preprint server, has launched the Women’s and Gender Studies Research Network – WGSRN.

WGSRN launches with more than 4,000 working papers from 16 different areas of women’s and gender studies, ranging from Women and Health to Feminist Theory and Philosophy.

Shirley Decker-Lucke, SSRN publishing director, said: 'We’ve created this new network because women’s and gender research deserves a preprint space of its own. WGSRN is interdisciplinary, covering areas such as women and law, as well as specific areas of gender studies research. This is the third new network SSRN has launched this year, following the success of BioRN, our new biology network, and ChemRN, our new chemistry network. I’m sure WGSRN will prove to be just as popular.'

A preprint is the author’s own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer-reviewed, nor had any value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy-editing, technical enhancements). A preprint server, or working paper repository as they are also known, allows users to share these documents.

Researchers can post preprints and working papers on WGSRN, share ideas and other early stage research, and collaborate. It allows users to quickly upload and read abstracts and full text papers, free of charge.


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