The New York Times reports on the Social Science Research Network, an increasingly influential web site that now offers nearly 150,000 full-text documents for downloading and gives academics the chance to see how popular their writings are online. The network is a business set up in 1994 by five people who saw a niche in online academic research. They pooled their money and began building relationships and the infrastructure to post so much material online. All but one comes from the world of economic and legal scholarship, and it is in those areas that the network is strongest, adding an


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