Collaboration Seeks to Elevate Research

Partners seek to create an expanded database of knowledge for finance fields.

Three research-based organizations have announced a collaboration to help elevate the visibility of academic research in the fields of accounting; banking; economics; finance; healthcare; statistics; and environmental, social, and governance, or ESG. The three organizations include research platform Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), working paper database SSRN, and SSRN’s parent company Elsevier, an information analytics firm specializing in science and health.

As part of this alliance, the partners will create the WRDS Research Paper Series (RDS), a searchable repository of SSRN papers that cite WRDS data. They also have launched the annual WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award, which will be given to three “emerging business schools,” which the partners define as “AACSB-member schools in the process of taking that next step… to grow their research output and innovatively tackle research challenges” in the target fields. Winners will be selected from schools in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. The first award recipient, the College of Business at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, was announced in April at AACSB International’s annual conference in Houston.

These efforts aim to offer researchers an expanded database and more opportunities to increase their Eigenfactor score, a measure of an article’s influence according to the publishing journal’s size and importance (

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