SSRN, formerly known as the Social Science Research Network, is a pre-print repository with a focus on the social sciences and humanities. Scholars upload papers to the website prior to publication in order to elicit input from their peers. Users of the site are then able to download the papers. Pre-print repositories thus allow for quicker dissemination of scholarly findings that the conventional publishers. Most papers at SSRN can be accessed free of charge (it is an open access repository) and are available as long as the author, and the eventual publisher, allow them to remain online. SSRN was established in 1994 and is owned by Elsevier publishing company.