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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

SSRN Tax Professor Download Rankings

SSRN LogoSSRN 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 August 1, 2013) of the Top 25 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.)

33,017

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

6951

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

23,782

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

4155

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

21,348

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

3668

4

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

18,743

Ed Kleinbard (USC) 

3643

5

James Hines (Michigan)

18,272

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

3129

6

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

17,755

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

3025

7

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

17,614

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

2580

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

16,990

Adam Chodorow (Ariz. St.)

2356

9

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

14,888

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2218

10

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

14,202

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

2212

11

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

13,774

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2164

12

David Walker (Boston U.)

13,112

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

2099

13

David Weisbach (Chicago)

13,062

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

2074

14

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

13,041

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1961

15

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

12,718

Jim Hines (Michigan)

1879

16

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

12,467

John Miller (Idaho)

1790

17

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

12,128

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1767

18

Herwig Schlunk (Vand.)

12,082

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1733

19

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

11,941

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

1699

20

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

11,875

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1579

21

Ed Kelinbard (USC)

11,242

Calvin Johnson (Texas)

1507

22

Ed McCaffery (USC)

11,102

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1467

23

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

11,052

Allison Christians (McGill)

1381

24

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

10,684

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1333

25

Steve Bank (UCLA)

10,241

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1331

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/2013/08/ssrn-tax.html

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