Wednesday, December 27, 2006

I'm in the SSRN Top Ten!

The good news: I received this email over the weekend.

Your paper entitled, "Redefining Open Access for the Legal Information Market" was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for "Legal Writing".
The bad news: there aren't all that many people reading articles about legal writing, so it doesn't take many hits to make the Top Ten.
As of 12/25/2006 your paper has been downloaded 23 times. You may view the abstract and download statistics at the URL:
The next 25 people to download my article each win a free pony! (Disclaimer: no, they don't.)


Betsy McKenzie said...

Congratulations, Jim! I'd keep the pony in my bathroom.

Betsy McKenzie said...

Now, Jim, we've heard an excellent discussion of the problems with the "download tournaments" on both SSRN and newly begun on BEPress. The point being that getting caught up in the lists of most-downloaded papers tends to make profs unwilling to post papers on more than one free electronic source. Dick Danner presented some very interesting statistics from Duke's professors' papers posted at the same time on SSRN, BEPress and their own Duke scholarly archive. The numbers vary wildly from resource to resource. This leads to the conclusion that you reach different audiences through each different posting. So, don't be afraid to post your papers in both SSRN and BEPress, (and your own school's scholarship archive)! Don't be fooled by the download tournament into reducing either your paper's initial impact, or its "long tail."