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Velocity Global launches next-gen technology to power its global work platform

Velocity Global

Platform eliminates friction to manage any talent anywhere, anytime in a single click Proprietary technology delivers a seamless cloud experience for clients and talent Velocity Global scales its leading global work platform with the launch of its next-generation technology. Built on proprietary code and best-in-breed cloud solutions, the latest version streamlines the client and talent experience to deliver real-time insights to compliantly manage distributed teams. Velocity Global unveiled the technology experience at the HR Technology Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. “Our global work platform delivers compliance, accuracy, flexibility, and customization, which inspired our next-generation technology for a seamless client and talent experience,” said Dave Martelon, Velocity Global chief technology officer. Velocity Global’s next-generation technology introduces several features including: Streamlined Supported Employee Onboarding: New team members are guided through a seamless step-by-step experience customized to their country of employment. Interactive Global Dashboard: Clients can view all of their supported employees and their employment status across the globe at a glance, and drill down into details at the country level. Simple Time Off Management: Clients view and approve time off requests for all supported employees in one place. Flexible Payroll Requests: Clients generate, view, and manage recurring and one-time payment requests based on their custom payroll schedule with ease. Consolidated Invoicing and Payments: The platform generates consolidated invoices so clients can pay their talent with a single click of a button. 3rd Party Integrations: The platform is built to reduce the overhead of manual data entry through integrations with clients’ internal systems. “Our team makes the complex simple,” said Martelon. “We built a proprietary infrastructure that connects with leading talent management systems and removes friction for clients and HR departments. The underlying infrastructure is flexible and enables the future of work.” Velocity Global’s work platform combines the company’s proprietary cloud-based workforce management technology, personalized expertise, and unmatched global scale to build globally distributed teams. More than 1,000 clients rely on Velocity Global’s platform without the need to set up their own legal entities in other countries or other states. Velocity Global is exhibiting at HR Technology Conference and Exposition at booth #5514. About Velocity Global Velocity Global accelerates the future of work beyond borders. Its global work platform simplifies the employer and employee experience to employ any talent anywhere with just a click through its proprietary cloud-based workforce management technology, backed by personalized expertise and unmatched global scale. As the largest global Employer of Record (also known as International PEO) in 185 countries and all 50 United States, more than 1,000 brands rely on Velocity Global to build global teams without the cost or complexity of setting up foreign legal entities or state registrations. The company offers additional services including Independent Contractor Compliance to assess a workforce, and Agent of Record (AoR) to streamline payments to contractors. Velocity Global was named a “Leader” in Global Employer of Record services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall. Founded in 2014, the company has hundreds of employees across six continents. For more information visit velocityglobal.com. Contact Details Velocity Global Eli Rice +1 720-650-4348 news@velocityglobal.com Company Website https://velocityglobal.com/

September 28, 2021 06:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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D8.co to Launch 1-Hour Delivery for Delta-8 THC Products

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D8.co the market leader in hemp-derived Delta-8 THC —today announced it is launching 1-hour delivery for consumer orders throughout the United States. D8.co will deliver their award winning Delta-8 carts, Delta-8 disposables, and Delta-8 gummies to any customer within 1-hour in a 25-mile radius of any professional NFL team. Outside that radius customers will receive next day packages at the latest. “The largest problem we have is fulfillment and delivery,” said Chris Duffield, CEO of D8.co. “Anyone shipping consumer goods knows that all the carriers are a current nightmare. We have shipped thousands of packages priority and the majority show up two or three days late, with far too many getting lost or stolen. If a customer places an order after cutoff on Friday, they have to wait an additional three days. Customers want our products, and they want them immediately.” The first six states D8.co will integrate into their program are Texas, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Ohio, and North Carolina. The company will expand into the rest of the U.S immediately, with full integration expected to take approximately 45 days. “We have more than 50 major fulfillment centers locked in that are centrally managed from our cloud technology. Once an order is placed, our customers will receive an email and text where they can track our drivers all the way to delivery,” said Hugh McPherson, EVP of D8.co. D8.co expects to immediately double online sales with the new integration. “We are extremely excited to launch 1-hour delivery,” said Duffield. “We just became the largest cannabis company in the United States, which makes us a prime acquisition target. I’m very proud of our core team and all the hard work everyone has put in to make D8 the number one brand in the market.” About D8.co D8.co is based in Colorado and Miami with satellite offices in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The company is an assembly of the top hemp and cannabis minds in the country. With backgrounds in extraction, chemistry, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and legal, the D8 team came together organically around this elusive, but extremely powerful molecule to create a new category of products. More info at www.d8.co. Contact Details D8.co Chris Duffield +1 424-333-2112 chris@d8.co Company Website https://d8.co/

September 23, 2021 12:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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The State of Our Schools: The Nation’s Public School Facilities in Crisis

YourUpdateTV

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/g7dJiz_7fRI Living through a pandemic has heightened the awareness for many parents around the issues of health and safety in the schools their children attend. As school districts across the U.S. prepare for and begin a new academic year, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), along with 21 st Century School Fund and the National Council on School Facilities, is releasing a new report that takes a comprehensive look into the current state of our nation’s school facilities funding and draws attention to the disparity across the U.S. in funding efforts. Ending disparities in facilities conditions and quality by income, locale and race, must be prioritized as these gaps will not be closed without an aggressive and an intentional plan to eliminate them. IWBI is working to ensure the health, safety, education suitability, and environmental sustainability and resilience for our students, teachers and staff now and for the future. The 2021 State of Our Schools Report puts a white-hot spotlight on the fact that severe and chronic underinvestment – to the tune of $85 billion a year – is eroding the country’s ability to provide safe, healthy and sustainable schools. Every day, nearly 60 million people—students, teachers and staff—walk through the doors of our country’s nearly 100,000 PK-12 public schools, which represent the second largest sector of U.S. public infrastructure spending after highways. States and local school districts do their best to increase their efforts to maintain and invest in their school facilities when funding is available, but they are falling further and further behind. For more information visit: wellcertified.com About The International WELL Building Institute: The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation and the world’s leading organization focused on deploying people first places to advance a global culture of health. IWBI mobilizes its community through the administration of the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and the WELL Health-Safety Rating, management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and well-being everywhere. More information on WELL can be found here. International WELL Building Institute, IWBI, the WELL Building Standard, WELL v2, WELL Certified, WELL AP, WELL Portfolio, WELL Portfolio Score, The WELL Conference, We Are WELL, the WELL Community Standard, WELL Health-Safety Rating, WELL Health-Safety Rated, WELL Health-Equity, WELL Performance Rating, WELL Performance Rated, WELL Performance, WELL and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute pbc in the United States and other countries. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

September 23, 2021 09:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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News Direct Launches SimpliFi™, An Industry-First Feature To Streamline Earnings Release Distribution

News Direct

News Direct, the state-of-the-art news and content distribution service designed to meet the demands of modern media outreach, today introduced SimpliFi, an innovative feature that streamlines the process of creating and distributing financial content, including earnings releases, mitigating security risks and maximizing cost savings in the process. This first-of-its-kind software will allow issuers to save countless hours of wasted productivity, and potentially thousands of dollars in distribution costs. SimpliFi enables IR professionals to copy and paste their earnings content – including tabular data – directly into the News Direct Content Studio. From there, secure sharing capabilities allow key stakeholders to comment on drafts in a protected environment where changes can be made and tracked within the Content Studio with automated version history - minimizing any risk of issuing an incorrect version. "Earnings periods are often a stressful time for IROs," observed Gregg Castano, CEO and founder of News Direct. "SimpliFi puts an end to the tedious workflow that has long defined the process. The endless back-and-forth with newswire editors, often including multiple revisions, resubmissions, and waiting anxiously as deadlines approach, are now a thing of the past. We are finally bringing the disclosure process into the 21st century, with proprietary technology to ease the major pain points that have plagued investor relations professionals for decades." IR professionals have no room for error when it comes to disclosing financial information, for this reason, format retention is a key feature of SimpliFi – from bullets to footnotes, the original document format is preserved when migrated into the New Direct Content Studio. SimpliFi also allows for effortless editing of financial tables; its inclusive editing tools enable issuers to easily adjust cell content or table structure so all numerical values and data are optimized for distribution. The workflow advantages of SimpliFi are coupled with industry-leading security safeguards that protect information integrity on multiple levels. News Direct's platform eliminates the role – and potential risk – of human newswire editors, many working from home, from having access to highly sensitive information prior to market disclosure. With News Direct, issuers retain total control of their most sensitive information, exercising discretion as to the timing of their release to the investment community, without the involvement of intermediaries. Additionally, the innovative News Direct platform is built with cloud isolation technology and advanced encryption protocols, providing the industry's highest level of protection. And lastly, News Direct solves another major issue for publicly traded companies – the often exorbitant cost of earnings releases, which can total thousands of dollars. News Direct's flat-rate pricing model, regardless of word count, is both cost-efficient and completely transparent. To learn more about News Direct, please visit https://newsdirect.com. About News Direct News Direct provides news and content distribution for PR, IR, Corporate Communications and Marketing professionals. Our automated platform delivers a completely-reimagined, intuitive workflow, industry-leading security, transparent, flat-rate pricing and actionable analytics. Further, News Direct has deployed an array of innovation including advanced automation, isolation cloud technology and custom software for the most dynamic, efficient and flexible platform available today. To learn more visit newsdirect.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. Contact Details Kevin Pryor +1 212-334-9753 newsdirect@n6a.com Company Website http://www.newsdirect.com

September 22, 2021 11:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Wanting to earn extra income? Here's an easy solution for people looking to rent out their homes

YourUpdateTV

Let’s face it, renting is challenging, and it goes the same for both, renters and landlords. Whether you’re searching for a lease or looking to make extra money, having access to a tech-enabled platform that facilitates the roommate/home search as well as the leasing and property management experience is a must. Recently, The CEO of Bungalow, Andrew Collins, teamed with YourUpdateTV on a satellite media tour to talk real estate 2.0. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/Fbn6bLzdevY Bungalow takes care of everything from matching great roommates and furnishing a home’s common areas to streamlining rent and utilities payments, handling service requests, and removing friction from the rental experience. In addition, Bungalow is able to offer rooms in the most desirable neighborhoods, by finding homes and optimizing spaces for roommate living, creating more affordable solutions in the cities and neighborhoods renters actually want to live in. As a two-sided marketplace, Bungalow also helps homeowners and investors earn up to 50% more NOI (net operating income) on their investment properties than they would with traditional property management systems. The platform provides AI-driven pricing, and seamless integration in top marketing channels delivering 2x more quality leads and occupancy in half the time compared with industry averages. Founded in 2017 by Andrew Collins and Justin McCarty, the company currently has more than 3,000 housemates in hundreds of homes across 16 markets. The company also just announced $75M in Series C funding which will go towards supporting its technology and innovation to accelerate growth as they expand to new markets - including Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix - and bring the Bungalow experience to thousands more across the country. Go to Bungalow.com if you’re looking for a home to rent, you can search available homes in your area...or if you’re looking to rent out a property, you can discover how you can earn up to 50% more with Bungalow than using traditional property management companies. About Andrew Collins: Andrew Collins, co-founder and CEO of Bungalow, was inspired to create Bungalow after experiencing first-hand the difficulties of finding an affordable apartment and establishing a community when relocating to San Francisco. With COO and co-founder Justin McCarty, he identified a gap in the residential real estate market and seized the opportunity to create accessible rental options for people looking to move to new cities without an established personal network. Since launching in 2017, Bungalow has helped countless people find community through co-living. Andrew has a degree in Sociology from Princeton University and earned his M.B.A. from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. About Bungalow: Bungalow is a residential real estate platform providing beautiful homes with great roommates, paired with a seamless digital-first experience for early career professionals. The company takes care of everything from matching great roommates and furnishing a home’s common areas to streamlining rent and utilities payments and handling service requests, removing friction from the rental experience. In addition, Bungalow helps its residents create a thriving community through its network. Bungalow is able to offer rooms in the most desirable neighborhoods by working directly with homeowners who are looking for a guaranteed income stream but don’t want to sell their homes. Founded in 2017 by Andrew Collins and Justin McCarty, the company currently has more than 3,000 housemates in hundreds of homes across 16 markets. For more information visit www.bungalow.com or follow Bungalow on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

September 21, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Prostate Cancer Racial Disparities

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Despite great strides in prostate cancer care over the past several years, racial disparities in care persist. Black and Hispanic men have a high burden of prostate cancer mortality. Prostate cancer affects 1 in 8 men, with the number rising to 1 in 6 for Black men and comprises more than 1 in 5 of all new cancer diagnoses for Hispanic men. The Covid-19 pandemic has also made things worse as early in the pandemic, many cancer resources were diverted, leaving scores of patients, including those with prostate cancer, with limited to no access to surgical treatment. So, what can be done and what does someone need to know to stay healthy? Conducting a nationwide media tour to discuss this important topic was Dr. Brian K. McNeil. Dr McNeil is an American Urological Association spokesperson and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Vice-Chair, Department of Urology at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Topics that Dr McNeil discussed during interviews with radio and TV stations across the country included: What research has discovered about racial disparities among men with prostate cancer The racial disparity in the utilization of new therapies for advanced prostate cancer How covid-19 and where someone lives could affect their treatment options When should men get screened for prostate cancer? For more information visit: UrologyHealth.org About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has nearly 23,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

September 21, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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North Sixth Group Announces Strategic Investment in RepSpert

North 6th Agency

North Sixth Group today announced a strategic investment in RepSpert, the leading provider of online reputation management solutions and services. Founded by Edmund Butcher and Edward Godfrey, RepSpert was established in Australia and has quickly grown to become the leading provider of online reputation management solutions in the Australian market. RepSpert has worked with more than 600 SMEs, large-scale organizations, personal brands and public figures across a range of industries, including restaurants, hospitality, healthcare, automotive, e-commerce and retail, and B2B and professional services. Combining Software as a Service (SaaS) tools and dashboards with hands-on customer service expertise, RepSpert provides clients with real-time data, analytics, competitive monitoring, strategic counsel and 24/7 account management to optimize clients’ online reputation. RepSpert’s suite of services optimizes critical online reputation channels for brands, including review sites, online forums and search engines. RepSpert’s signature process combines advanced SEO methodologies, proprietary software and account service teams and strategies to ensure each client’s online reputation is protected in a world-class manner. “We are thrilled to be joining the North Sixth Group family of companies as we expand globally and enter the North American market,” said Edward Godfrey, CEO and Co-Founder of RepSpert. “We are honored to have restored, repaired and optimized the online reputation for more than 600 clients in the Australian market. North Sixth Group will be an important strategic partner for us with networking, business strategy, operating support, sales and marketing and critical growth initiatives that will enable us to become the trusted online reputation partner for so many companies and individuals in North America.” North Sixth Group is a family office operating company with wholly owned and minority interests in a variety of investments across multiple sectors all sharing a common vision of Passion, Purpose and Progress. Among the holdings in North Sixth Group’s portfolio of companies are businesses across media, marketing, technology, sports and entertainment. “A few years ago, the online reputation sector was under $1 billion globally. Just a few years later, it is already projected to reach nearly $1.5 billion,” said Matt Rizzetta, Chairman of North Sixth Group. “This validates the growth of the online reputation sector, which is quickly becoming a top priority at all levels of the org chart. We are impressed by RepSpert’s growth in Australia, which represents just a small piece of the addressable market, and believe they are strategically positioned to become a global leader.” For more information, visit www.RepSpert.com. ABOUT REPSPERT: RepSpert is the leading provider of online reputation management solutions and services. RepSpert provides a suite of services and technology solutions that empower brands to take ownership of the content that shapes the first impression they make online, conveying their brand in the positive light it deserves. RepSpert provides tailor-made online reputation management solutions for SMEs, large-scale organizations, personal brands, and public figures to protect and build an unblemished, bullet-proof online image. RepSpert has worked with more than 600 SMEs, large-scale organizations, personal brands and public figures across a range of industries, including restaurants, hospitality, healthcare, automotive, e-commerce and retail, and B2B and professional service organizations. RepSpert’s suite of services optimizes critical online reputation channels for brands, including review sites, online forums, and search engines. RepSpert’s signature process combines advanced SEO methodologies, proprietary software and account service teams and strategies to ensure each client’s online reputation is protected in a world-class manner. ABOUT NORTH SIXTH GROUP: North Sixth Group is a family office operating company. The company has wholly owned and minority interests in a variety of investments across multiple sectors all sharing a common vision of Passion, Purpose and Progress. Included in the North Sixth Group family of companies are leading public relations firm N6A; modern marketing and content house Studios; data-as-a-service provider Everything Clicks; news distribution software solutions provider News Direct; online reputation management solutions provider RepSpert; professional Italian football clubs Ascoli FC and SS Campobasso; streaming sports media platform 196 Sports, and other holdings across media, marketing, technology, sports and entertainment. Additionally, North Sixth Group dedicates financial, networking and human capital resources to community-based initiatives geared toward Passion, Purpose and Progress. Contact Details N6A on behalf of North Sixth Group North 6th Agency (N6A) +1 978-870-3598 kperkins@n6a.com Company Website https://northsixthgroup.com

September 21, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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MarketFinance in pole position as it raises £280m and is approved for Recovery Loan Scheme lending

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Fintech business lender MarketFinance has today announced a £280m debt and equity fundraise and its accreditation under the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS). This comes after MarketFinance became one of the first fintechs to be accredited under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), having lent £250m to companies across the UK. Launched by the British Business Bank in April 2021, the Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they recover and grow following the pandemic. Funding from the Scheme can be used for any legitimate business purpose including managing cashflow, investment in new equipment and preparing for future growth. It is designed to appeal to businesses that can afford to take out additional finance for these purposes. MarketFinance is ready to lend immediately with its debt and equity funding. The debt financing has been provided from a large global investment firm alongside Italy’s largest bank, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. The equity investment was led by Black River Ventures (previous investments include Marqeta, Upgrade, Coursera and Digital Ocean) with participation from existing investor, Barclays Bank PLC. Alongside this, the launch of MarketFinance Flex Loans today will aim to help nearly one million SMEs in the UK solve their short-term funding gaps up to £100,000. Viola Credit has provided MarketFinance with £20m to launch the Flex Loans product. Similar to a credit card or overdraft, businesses will have a pre-agreed limit of up to £100,000 which they can withdraw at once or in smaller amounts. Flexible repayment options enable the businesses to spread their repayments over 3 - 12 months based on their working capital needs. It is a solution to support a variety of one-off and ongoing funding requirements such as purchasing inventory, clearing outstanding invoices, upfront supplier payments, investment into sales and marketing, or expanding the team. Anil Stocker, CEO at MarketFinance, commented: “This funding and our accreditation as a Recovery Loan Scheme lender is testament to the brilliant work everyone at MarketFinance has done to serve UK businesses during a difficult period. Adapting to the increased demand from businesses looking for finance online instead of through traditional avenues also drove our profitability this year, which has continued into H2 2021”. From today, businesses can immediately apply* for an RLS loan from MarketFinance between £50k and £250k repayable over 4, 5 or 6 years. Repayments in the first six months of the term will only consist of interest charges, an additional support measure as businesses gear themselves for a full reopening of the economy. Anil Stocker aded: “Businesses have been resilient and managed to hold their nerve during one of the most difficult periods in recent history. We were there to help with the CBILS and will do the same with the RLS by offering a simple application process, quick decisions and sending funds to businesses immediately. Our fundraise puts us in pole position to do this. We played a key role during CBILS, as one of the first fintech lenders, to help get funds to businesses quickly when they found their applications were delayed and or denied by others. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with businesses and help navigate them through to the full reopening of the economy and beyond”. As a native fintech, the MarketFinance platform is designed to receive, process and manage large volumes of businesses applying for finance using the platform. From simple online application forms, enhanced credit risk models to exceptional one-to-one customer support, MarketFinance will get RLS funds to businesses in need, quickly. “We aim to quickly lend to businesses around the UK. We anticipate demand for RLS to come from companies that will need capital to scale operations ahead of the full reopening of the economy. Manufacturers, wholesalers, public services businesses and a range of others will need the funds to ramp up supplies and build pipelines as business returns to normal” added Anil Stocker. Ends *Minimum eligibility criteria for RLS business loans through MarketFinance: Limited Company or Limited Liability Partnership Trading for more than 3 years, has a turnover of more than £200,000 Company sells goods and/or services to consumers and/or other businesses About MarketFinance MarketFinance is a business finance company with offices in London and Manchester. The online platform enables businesses to access a range of flexible finance solutions - quickly and easily. This smart technology is backed by help from real people so business owners can save time and focus on growing their business. Since 2011, MarketFinance has cumulatively advanced over £2.6 billion to companies across a range of sizes and sectors, providing working capital and finance for everything from paying staff and suppliers to launching new products or services and accelerating growth. MarketFinance is backed by Barclays Bank PLC, Mouro Capital, European venture capital fund Northzone (invested in Klarna, iZettle and Trustpilot), and private equity group MCI Capital (also invested in iZettle, Azimo and Gett). About the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) The Recovery Loan Scheme is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA. Contact Details MarketFinance Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://marketfinance.com/

September 21, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Elsevier’s Scopus expands to include SSRN preprints

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Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, today announces that preprints from SSRN, its world-leading early stage research and preprint platform, are now available through Scopus, Elsevier’s abstract and citation database. This follows preprints from arXiv, ChemRxiv, bioRxiv and medRxiv being indexed in Scopus earlier this year. This development comes in reaction to feedback and requests from the researcher community, as demand for and use of preprints has jumped in recent years. At present, over 1 million Author Profiles in Scopus have 900,000 preprints indexed to them dating back to 2017. By the end of this year, approximately 170,000 SSRN preprints, from 2017 onwards will be included in Scopus. Elsevier data reveals that over the last five years, there has been a 148% increase in the number of researchers publishing preprints on SSRN. There has also been a 50% increase in the number of downloads of preprints on SSRN over the same period with downloads hitting 17.9 million at the end of 2020. Preprints are a rapidly growing piece of scholarly communication. As a complement to journal publication, they allow the research community to share information or indicative results, indicate a direction of travel for a project and help facilitate international and interdisciplinary collaboration. SSRN data shows that the fastest growing disciplines 1 over the last year on its platforms were in economics and medical research. The rapid rise in medical research preprints has helped play a crucial part in advancing and accelerating understanding of SARS-CoV-2. Preprints in Scopus are only available in Author Profiles that already have a peer-reviewed publication history. Preprints are more prevalent in certain subject fields compared to others. The preprint servers selected for Scopus are the main preprint servers in the areas of Physical Sciences (arXiv and ChemRxiv), Biomedical Sciences (bioRxiv and medRxiv) and General Sciences including the Social Sciences (SSRN). Additional preprint servers will be selected for Scopus as they arise in relevant subject areas. SSRN is an open access online preprint community. A searchable online library, it enables authors to post their papers and abstracts easily and free of charge providing an online database of early scholarly research. With over 2.2 million users, it lists 806,000 full-text documents and an additional 134,000 abstracts. Gregg Gordon, Managing Director of Knowledge Lifecycle Management, Elsevier, said: “We have listened to the needs of the research community, this innovative development in Scopus will improve discoverability and ease of access to SSRN content. “Preprints are increasingly becoming an integral part of the research landscape. As well as providing a valuable early opportunity to understand the direction research is heading, preprints are a positive way for early career researchers to receive feedback ahead of submitting articles to journals. “As evidence of how important they are becoming, preprints are increasingly included in formal evaluation processes for grant proposals and faculty reviews. “We recognize the need to continue speaking to our customers, learn from them and address their needs. The future for preprints is bright, and we look forward to ensuring we remain attuned to what researchers want.” Notes to editors 1 Figures calculated using number of submissions per discipline as an indication of growth rate, when compared to submission rates in 2019. About Elsevier As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems. In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, health professionals, institutions and funders. Elsevier employs 8,100 people worldwide. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and health education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on our 2,500+ digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell; our 40,000 eBook titles; and our iconic reference works, such as Gray's Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation and our external Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com Contact Details Elsevier David Tucker +44 7920 536160 d.tucker@elsevier.com Company Website https://www.elsevier.com/

September 21, 2021 06:20 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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