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Monday, November 19, 2012

SSRN Tax Professor Download Rankings

SSRNSSRN has updated its monthly rankings of 750 American and international law school faculties and 3,000 law professors by (among other things) the number of paper downloads from the SSRN database.  Here is the new list (through November 1, 2012) of the Top 25 U.S. Tax Professors in two of the SSRN categories: all-time downloads and recent downloads (within the past 12 months):

 

 

 

All-Time Downloads

 

Recent Downloads

1

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

27,520

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

5382

2

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

20,865

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

4132

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

19,700

Adam Chodorow (Ariz. St.)

3997

4

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

17,405

Paul Caron (Cincinnati) 

3231

5

James Hines (Michigan)

16,863

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

2673

6

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

15,985

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

2572

7

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

15,654

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

2492

8

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

13,932

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2451

9

David Walker (Boston U.)

12,275

Herwig Schlunck (Vand.)

2319

10

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

12,253

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

2230

11

David Weisbach (Chicago)

12,147

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

2189

12

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

11,945

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2184

13

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

11,806

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2150

14

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

11,625

James Hines (Michigan)

1953

15

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

11,476

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1939

16

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

10,727

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1848

17

Herwig Schlunck (Vand.)

10,673

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1530

18

Ed McCaffery (USC)

10,589

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1521

18

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

10,517

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1501

20

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

10,369

Heather Field (UC-Hastings)

1444

21

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

9976

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1441

22

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

9456

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1417

23

Steve Bank (UCLA)

9390

David Walker (Boston U.)

1349

24

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

8513

Allison Christians (McGill)

1333

25

Michael Knoll (Penn)

8392

Christopher Hoyt (UMKC)

1332

Note that this ranking includes full-time tax professors with at least one tax paper on SSRN, and all papers (including non-tax papers) by these tax professors are included in the SSRN data.

The other SSRN ranking categories are: 

These rankings, of course, are imperfect measures of faculty scholarly performance -- as are the existing ranking methodologies of reputation surveys, productivity counts, and citation counts. Our modest claim in our article, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006) (Symposium on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings), is that the SSRN data can play a role in faculty rankings along with these other measures.  Bill Henderson (Indiana) thinks we are too modest, and that SSRN may provide a better measure of faculty performance than these other methodologies.

For my other articles on what SSRN downloads can tell us about the current state and future of legal scholarship, and about the relationship between scholarship and blogging, see:

For Ted Seto's faculty-wide (and metropolitan area-wide) analysis of these SSRN tax rankings, see:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2012/11/ssr.html

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