About First Look

Interested in your journal being seen as a pioneer for new research? Check out our new First Look program to share your newest research with a wider audience faster than ever before.

First Look is a place where journals and other research experts identify content of interest prior to publication. It can include a wide range of early stage content types including working papers, proceedings, preprints, accepted papers, and papers under consideration. First Look is a partnership between SSRN and some of the world’s most influential journals to provide rapid, early and open access to evolving scholarly research.

Benefits of this Program


Customized Journal Home Page

Based on your logo & design, we will create a customized web page within the SSRN system to aggregate your content and provide links back to your site. This page will be accessible from the SSRN Browse by Journal list and the First Look page.

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Custom Branded Abstract Page

Each of your papers will have your Journal’s branding on the abstract page. That branding will be visible on the abstract page within your own First Look page and also when the paper is included and promoted in SSRN’s other journals.

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Interdisciplinary Distribution

Each submitted paper will be included in up to 12 of SSRN’s 1000+ subject matter journals across multiple networks in addition to your own branded journal. Distribution of the paper can exceed 5,000-10,000 recipients, increasing exposure for the journal and its research significantly.

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Showcase Your Journal

We will provide links to your website in a pop up window connected to your First Look page.

Branded E-Mail Alerts

We will create an email alert with newly loaded paper abstracts specifically for the First Look content of your journal and deliver it for free to a subscriber list you provide us, as well as to anyone that subscribes through SSRN.

Journal preprints

Meet the growing demand for sharing preprints and providing freely available copies of content. Are you looking for ways to meet the growing demand for Open Access? Starting a First Look might be just the way for you to respond to this demand.

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Journals That Are Currently Part Of SSRN’s First Look Program


Preprints with The Lancet

This new preprint series for sharing non-peer-reviewed, early stage health and medical research is part of a six-month collaboration pilot between SSRN and The Lancet family of journals. Authors of all research papers submitted to any The Lancet family journal have been asked at submission whether they would like their paper to be posted as a preprint, an opt-in that all co-authors must agree to. Papers will be subject to SSRN’s usual checks, as well as an additional The Lancet specific check. Authors can also submit their papers directly through SSRN. For more information please visit The Lancet.

Cell Press Sneak Peek 2.0

Sneak Peek, now hosted on SSRN, is an author opt-in preview of the papers under review in Cell Press primary research journals. Cell Press is a leading publisher of scientific research and reviews in life, physical, and earth sciences. With a commitment to improving scientific communication, Cell Press combines the highest-quality science with innovations in technology and publishing practices.

Journal of Web Semantics, First Look

First Look provides rapid, early and open access to evolving scholarly research by sharing accepted versions of the papers that will be published in the journal. This First Look is part of our new Computer Science Research Network. The Journal of Web Semantics is an interdisciplinary journal based on research and applications of various subject areas that contribute to the development of knowledge-intensive and intelligent service Web.

Australian Journal of Asian Law

Interested in your journal being associated with groundbreaking legal research? We are pleased to announce the Australian Journal of Asian Law has joined our new First Look program within the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN). AJAL (www.law.unimelb.edu.au/ajal) is the leading peer-edited journal of analysis, commentary and primary material on the laws, legal systems and legal cultures of Asia. It is an initiative of the University of Melbourne Law School, with support and advice from Australian and international colleagues. The journal provides a common forum for ideas and informed debate on current legal issues from a wide range of expert legal scholars and practitioners whose work focuses on Asia. The Australian Journal of Asian Law’s First Look is a place where researchers and other experts can identify content of interest prior to publication.

NeuroImage: Clinical

NeuroImage: Clinical considers articles covering diseases, disorders and syndromes involving the Nervous System and provides a vehicle for communicating important advances in the study of abnormal structure-function relationships of the human nervous system based on imaging. As part of our ongoing commitment to rapid publication we are delighted to involved in SSRN’s First Look. This is an author opt-in preview of the papers currently under consideration in the journal. These papers are posted here prior to peer review and their status will be updated once this has been completed.

Acta Materialia, Inc.

Acta Materialia, Inc. ‘First Look’ is a preview of papers that are undergoing peer review in an Acta Materialia, Inc. journal – Acta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, Scripta Materialia or Materialia. The aim behind the Acta Materialia, Inc. First Look page is to provide a venue for Acta Materialia, Inc. journals’ authors to host preprints of their work, allow authors to showcase their research results prior to review and publication, thus aiming to speed up the dissemination process, provide readers with an insight into groundbreaking work before it has been published as well as allow them to post comments on the work.