This policy outlines the procedures for archiving and preserving content within the Social Science Review Archives (SSR Archives). It aims to ensure long-term access to valuable social science research for future generations.


This policy applies to all content housed within the SSR Archives, including:

  • Scholarly articles: Published and unpublished research articles in various social science disciplines.
  • Dissertations and theses: Doctoral and master's theses submitted to universities or research institutions.
  • Data sets and research materials: Quantitative and qualitative data sets, research instruments, and other materials associated with published or unpublished research.
  • Historical documents: Archival materials relevant to the history of social science research.

Archiving Procedures

  1. Content submission: Authors or owners of content can submit their work to the SSR Archives in various formats, including digital files (PDF, Word, etc.) and physical materials (books, journals, etc.).
  2. Metadata creation: Detailed metadata will be created for each archived item, including title, author(s), publication date, subject area, keywords, and any relevant identifiers.
  3. Digital preservation: Digital files will be stored in a secure and redundant digital repository, using established preservation best practices.
  4. Physical preservation: Physical materials will be stored in a climate-controlled environment, following best practices for archival preservation.
  5. Access and dissemination: The SSR Archives will strive to make archived content accessible to researchers and the public, while respecting copyright and intellectual property rights. This may involve various methods, such as open access repositories, controlled access archives, and partnerships with libraries and other institutions.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

Authors or owners of content retain copyright and intellectual property rights to their work. The SSR Archives will only act as a repository for the content and will not claim any ownership rights. However, authors or owners may grant the SSR Archives a non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, and preserve their work in accordance with this policy.

Review and Revision

The SSR Archives will periodically review and revise this policy in accordance with evolving best practices and technological advancements. Any changes will be made publicly available.

Additional Considerations

  • Sustainability: The SSR Archives will explore sustainable funding models to ensure the long-term viability of its archiving activities.
  • Collaboration: The SSR Archives will collaborate with other archiving institutions and initiatives to share resources, expertise, and best practices.
  • Disaster preparedness: The SSR Archives will implement disaster preparedness plans to protect archived content from potential threats.