I recently submitted an article to an Elsevier journal X. The article was consider out-of-scope, so I re-submitted it to another Elsevier journal Y (via article transfer). Thus, the article is currently under review in journal Y. However, a few days after re-submission, I was surprised to receive the following email from SSRN (Social Science Research Network):
We are happy to have received your submission, [Article Title], for inclusion on SSRN, an open platform for the sharing of early stage research. The following URL links to your abstract page on SSRN.
And now in SSRN, there is a URL pointing directly to the abstract as well as a downloadable PDF of my paper! To make it clear, I have never submitted my article, nor abstract to SSRN. Additionally:
- On the SSRN page, it is noted that "This is a preprint article, it offers immediate access but has not been peer reviewed."
- The available PDF does mention Submitted to Journal Y.
What is the meaning of this? I agreed that I would not submit my paper elsewhere during the paper submission to Elsevier journal Y. Do I now have to take any actions e.g., ask Elsevier if this creates a conflict/plagiarism or ask SSRN to remove the preprint?