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SIS Working Papers Series Highlights Faculty Research

By Anne Deekens

SIS Working Papers Series: Collage of cover letters

The School of International Service (SIS) Working Papers Series provides faculty the opportunity to circulate and elicit feedback on draft articles and book chapters, and to gain international exposure for their written research findings and policy recommendations. Through this initiative, SIS is enhancing its brand as a leading research institution addressing the global challenges of our times.

The papers are hosted on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), a distribution outlet for nearly 200,000 social scientists that has been ranked as the top open-access repository in the world for research other than in medicine and science. SSRN provides distribution of research to authors and their readers for free.

The circulation of faculty research in draft form helps to attract notice and generate comments that in turn serve to improve articles before they are submitted for consideration to top academic journals. This pre-submission review process, according to Professor Arturo Porzecanski, distinguished economist in residence at SIS, often results in improved drafts with a higher likelihood of journal publication.

“It is important to get one’s ideas out early, first in order to claim authorship for them and second to be able to polish them prior to attempted publication,” explained Porzecanski. “Submitting a rough draft to a journal which hasn’t benefitted from peer critical review can minimize one’s chances of approval.”

Professor Nathan Paxton is coordinating the series. He notes that in addition to gathering feedback, the series also allows faculty to increase exposure for their research.

“We want to further the intellectual community at SIS so that we can gain a larger audience and increased exposure for faculty research,” said Paxton. “We encourage faculty to submit papers that they would like comments on and most importantly, that they strongly believe in.”

The SIS Working Papers Series is available here. Papers published thus far include the following:

“We hope that the SIS Working Papers series will encourage the exchange of ideas both within SIS and with the larger academic and policy community,” says Porzecanski.

Faculty who are interested in submitting papers should contact Professor Nathan Paxton at napaxton@american.edu.