Faculty members should not view the institutional repository as a drain on their SSRN rankings. While SSRN excels at delivering their work to the cadre of legal specialists, IRs typically do a better job of presenting it to a broader readership. This expanded exposure should be judged a

positive benefit of participation in the IR, helping to mitigate criticisms of law faculty as sequestered, insular, and writing only for themselves. Anyone interested in giving their ideas the widest possible hearing should deposit their intellectual work in as many venues as possible. For law professors, this means they should have both SSRN and the IR working for them.

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James M. Donovan & Carol A. Watson, Will an Institutional Repository Hurt My SSRN Ranking?: Calming the Faculty Fear, 16(6) AALL Spectrum 12-13+ (April 2012).



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