FIND AND SHARE THE GRAY LITERATURE
With funds raised by the Resource Development Committee, the AAA is excited to announce efforts to meet the needs of anthropologists who want to locate or share the widely disbursed "gray" literature (scholarship that is not published through traditional peer-reviewed channels and is therefore harder to locate.)
For more information about the RDC's efforts, please see Anthropology News September 2012 announcement.
tDAR is an international digital archive and repository that houses data about archaeological investigations, research, resources, andscholarship. tDAR provides researchers new avenues to discover and integrate information relevant to topics they are studying. Users can search tDAR for digital documents, data sets, images, GIS files, and other data resources from archaeological projects spanning the globe. For data sets, users also can use data integration tools in tDAR to simplify and illuminate comparative research.
In addition to making publically available for free the data and scholarship of archaeologists, the organization has made a substantial commitment to preservation.
tDAR's guides provide details on how to use the archive.
Social Science Research Network is an international collaborative of over 187,000 authors and more than 1.3 million users that is devoted to rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research. Founded in 1994, it is composed of a number of specialized research networks across the social sciences. Each of SSRN's networks encourages the early distribution of research results by reviewing and distributing submitted abstracts and full text papers from scholars around the world. SSRN encourages readers to communicate directly with other subscribers and authors concerning their own and other's research.
SSRN is an established and highly visible platform that attracts an enormous number of users across the social sciences and is ranked the 7th most-used site by Google Scholar.
The site is open access and there are no charges to upload papers nor to access full-text papers. Read this article in Anthropology News to understand SSRN and listen to this podcast with Gregg Gordon to hear about the platform.
SSRN has a submission demo and a step by step guide to help you upload your documents.
SSRN has created an FAQ to answer a wide range of questions, but some key information: authors do not convey copyright and can take down papers whenever they desire or update them at any point. Contents are open access and given unique handles, for easy citing and sharing. However, please note that the flexibility granted to authors means that the contents of SSRN are not archived for long-term preservation. The site is intended to facilitate sharing scholarly texts, but users can share syllabus and other kinds of productions on individual Author Pages.
Starting in the fall of 2012, RDC funds have enabled SSRN to develop an Anthropology and Archaeology Research Network, where anthropologists can select up to a dozen different "channels" or "eJournals" within which they may publish scholarly materials that have no established means of dissemination: technical reports, government publications, papers prepared for clients, preprints, white papers, conference papers, etc.