Q. I already have my papers up on my personal website/Academia.edu/ResearchGate/SSRN/etc. Why would I want them up in ScholarlyCommons, too?
The more your works are available, the more people can find them, link to them, and cite them. ScholarlyCommons isn’t in competition with these other websites; on the contrary, it works in tandem to connect more people to your work who may not find it otherwise. ScholarlyCommons is maintained by the University of Pennsylvania, so unlike academic networking sites (Academia.edu, ResearchGate, etc.) or SSRN (which is now owned by Elsevier), ScholarlyCommons is not a commercial venture and has academic values at its core.