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I understand there are a number of specialised ePrint archives or repositories where scholarly works could be posted for wider dissemination (for example, arXiv).

I am wondering if there is a preferred one for PhD dissertations in the social sciences?

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Related question: academia.stackexchange.com/questions/84/… –  Piotr Migdal Jan 10 '13 at 14:24
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You can publish an eprint of your dissertation in Researchgate.net.

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How does researchgate.net work? It looks like it's just a social network aimed at researchers. In that case, publishing an eprint there is not so different from just putting it on your own web page. Putting something on the arXiv carries quite a bit more weight: it gets archived and maintained independently of you (or a social network that may not last), and far more people look at arXiv postings than any academic social network. –  Anonymous Mathematician Jan 11 '13 at 3:58
    
Of course arXiv is so much more efficient than social networks. But researchgate also offers an opportunity to follow the work of other members. For example if you follow a researcher, every time he publishes an article researchgate sends you a notification email. It also sends general notifications about recent articles related to your work every week. Besides researchgate is the only place that I know every researcher (from every discipline ) can post his/her articles. –  Vahid Shirbisheh Jan 11 '13 at 5:21
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You can always put a copy of your dissertation on your professional web page. Google will find it.

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