Do you know your Eigenfactor Score on SSRN?

The author-level Eigenfactor® score is a weighted measure of an author’s citations. It takes into account the number of authors of the paper, the number of outgoing citations from each paper citing an author’s paper, and the importance of the citing paper. All self-citations are eliminated before the score is calculated in order to remove bias, and the final score reported in the SSRN ranking tables is calculated from SSRN citation data only.


 To understand how this importance-weighting works, consider the following iterated voting procedure:
“Each author begins with a single vote and passes it on, dividing the vote proportionally based on those authors whom she cites. In other words, if she cites two authors – author A one time and author B two times – she would distribute 1/3 of her vote to author A and 2/3 of her vote to author B. After one round of this procedure, some authors will receive more votes than others. In the second round, each author passes on her current vote total, as received in the previous round, again dividing this quantity equally among those authors whom she cites. This process is iterated indefinitely. Eventually, we reach a steady state in which each author receives an unchanging number of votes in each round. An author’s Eigenfactor score is the percentage of the total votes that she receives at this steady state.”


 To understand more about these metrics, read this article:


 How can I access my own personal score?

 Go to the “Top authors” section on SSRN and simply type your surname (here : Alemanno). As you can see, Alberto Alemanno ranks 111 within the top 30,000 authors on SSRN and his Eigenfactor Score (x100) is 0,0989 (ranks 9,062 out of 30 000).





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Also, HEC Paris has moved into the top 10 rankings in the SSRN Top 1,000 International Business School, as of June 2014.
This is an outstanding achievement relating to our research publications, and will continue to raise the profile of HEC Paris worldwide.

Keep up the good work!


Giada Di Stefano in the SSRN Weekly Top 5 Papers

For the second time, the article Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance, of which Giada Di Stefano is one of the authors, has been classed in the Weekly Top 5 papers of SSRN.

To find out more, click on this link to acces the SSRN Blog




5. Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance by Giada Di Stefano (HEC Paris – Strategy & Business Policy) and Francesca Gino (Harvard Business School) and Gary Pisano (Harvard Business School) and Bradley Staats (University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School)

Productivity and time efficiency are significant concerns in modern Western societies, with time being perceived as a precious resource to guard and protect. In our daily battle against the clock, taking time to reflect on one’s work may seem to be a luxurious pursuit. Though reflection entails the high opportunity cost of one’s time, in this paper we argue and show that deliberate reflection is no wasteful pursuit: it can powerfully enhance the learning process. Learning, we find, can be augmented if one deliberately focuses on thinking about what one has been doing. Results from our analyses show that employees who spent the last 15 minutes of each day in their training period writing and reflecting on the lessons they had learned that day did 23% better in the final training test than employees who didn’t take time to consider how they had approached the task. This improvement, we find, is explained by greater self-efficacy, i.e. confidence in one’s ability to complete tasks competently and effectively.

Are you subscribed to the HEC Paris e-Journal collection on SSRN?

Every month, SSRN publishes an e-journal collection entitled the ‘HEC Paris Research Paper Series,’ on behalf of HEC Paris

Since April 2013, more than 15 issues have been published, which has provided the opportunity to promote 61 working papers published by researchers at HEC Paris.


For those who are not subscribed yet, please do so by clicking on the link.

(you will have to log in first)


The complete collection of working papers in the HEC Paris Research Paper Series can be found here:

SSRN: How to select multiple e-journals


During the deposit process on SSRN and in addition to selecting the collection HEC Paris Research Paper Series, you can select one or more (up to 12) other e-Journals to increase your visibility. This approach puts your work in front of as many thematic pages on SSRN as possible, and sometimes on newsletters sent to subscribers (as is the case for the HEC Paris e-Journal collection).

How to select them?

Simply select the topics that interest you from the list provided under the e-Journal Classification field of the registration form. SSRN offers additional information for each e-Journal, that you can view by mousing over the selection.

Below is an example of a selection in Corporate Finance e-Journals


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SSRN: How to become visible in the HEC Paris Research Paper Series

To be ‘visible’ on the HEC Paris page of on SSRN is to gain visibility on SSRN, and also on search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. To do this, you need to select the collection on your deposit form when you submit a paper to SSRN.

Specifically, you must select the HEC Paris collection in the field labeled ‘e-journal classification’, which offers two ways to access HEC Paris:

– In the SEARCH box, type ‘HEC Paris’ and select your department.


– Below, in the SEARCH field, tick ‘Management Research Network’ and then ‘MRN Business School Research Papers’ then ‘HEC’… then select your department.

Below are screenshots showing the two ways to find the collection:

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The ‘HEC Paris Research Paper Series’

HEC Paris launched its own SSRN collection in January 2013, called the ‘HEC Paris Research Paper Series.’  Thanks to the support of researchers, professors and collaborators, Hec Paris  has managed to rise from 33rd to 14th place  in terms of the total number of publication downloads in the last 12 months. (data acquired from SSRN rankings)

This year, 101 documents have been deposited in the repository, compared to 52 in 2012; an increase by almost double, placing HEC Paris in 15th place in terms of new documents uploaded.

The complete collection of 568 documents, of which at least one author is affiliated with HEC Paris today represents 161,900 downloads – an average of 285 downloads per document and 26 citations per author .

To enable HEC Paris to maintain or even improve its ranking and to allow authors to improve their visibility, it is important to continue this trend and increase the number of submissions. The library is at the disposal of academics who have any questions about the legal aspects of copyright relating to pre-prints or technical aspects of deposit on SSRN . Contact: Lydia Tournaire .

HEC Paris Ranking on SSRN since January 2013 ( Based on total new downloads on the last 12 months)


Number of new material since January 2013


Can you submit a forthcoming paper on SSRN ?

Yes, you can!

A forthcoming article, (an article with confirmed publication in the press) may be deposited on SSRN under the terms of copyright according to each specific journal or publisher as a pre or post –print version. For copyright rules specific to each review, you can visit Sherpa Romeo for reference, or view some of our previous blog posts

The screen shot example below shows a summary of the copyright policies for the Journal of Economic Theory.


This review permits the submission of pre-print (ie pre- referral ) on all websites or open access sites, post -print ( ie final draft post- referral) but does not allow the editors’ final PDF pdf version to be uploaded.

Do not hesitate to contact the library with any questions about forthcoming articles on SSRN .
When querying information collected on the Sherpa / Romeo site, we carefully study journal guidelines available on their website or, if necessary, we ask them to let us know directly.

SSRN’s hidden resources

SSRN holds a few research tools you may not currently be aware of, but which may be of interest

– SSRN Top Downloads


SSRN counts the number of times a paper has been downloaded, and ranks each paper within different categories.

These rankings include the Top Ten downloaded papers for all time and for papers distributed in a SSRN email journal in the previous 60 days for each category.

 – TOP 10 Papers for Management Research Network


A similar ranking as SSRN’s top downloads, but specific to the  “Management Research Network” which HEC Paris is a part of.

This ranking can be viewed here.

 -Search the database from a JEL code

If you want to search for new papers on a specific topic using just the JEL code (Journal of Economic Literature code), use THIS page and click on the corresponding code.


The results list displays the most recent deposits first. The search can be bookmarked, and rerun at a later date.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact the Library.

Download the SSRN app on your iPad


SSRN, the online repository for academic research articles,
also has its application, called iSSRN.

To download it, simply go to the app store, search SSRN, and touch the icon to begin the free download


Once downloaded, the app functions in a similar fashion to the SSRN site

You can conduct a search using the search bar, and your results will appear according to number of downloads.

Simply touch “view PDF” to see the article in full, or on one of the authors names to get a more complete profile.