Funding Hacks for Researchers
As part of our collaboration with Researcher Academy to bring you useful information about all things research, this week we’re talking about funding.
Today’s researchers can be under a lot of pressure to find and secure enough funding for their projects. It’s difficult to both find the funding opportunities, as well as actually successfully apply for them. Researcher Academy has put together a video on what it takes to get funding, talking to those who have a lot of experience in that area.
Video doesn’t work? You can find it here. You’ll also be able to download the slides and post any comments you may have.
You can find more information and more videos about all stages of the research process, from funding though to presenting your research to a larger audience, on Researcher Academy’s website.
Prairie View A&M University wins WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award
At the end of April, Prairie View A&M University was announced the winner of the 2023 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award for the North America region. The WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award program has been developed by Wharton Research Data Services and SSRN to highlight an institution which has produced particularly impactful research, which can help to affect policy and practice across the world.
Each year, a rising business school is selected to receive the award, which serves as a testament to their commitment to growth and innovation in academic research.
“Congratulations to Dr. Munir Quddus, Dean of the College of Business and all of the researchers at Prairie View A&M University,” said Gregory Gordon, SSRN’s Managing Director. “SSRN is excited to continue to partner with WRDS and provide greater visibility to business schools doing important research, like Prairie View A&M University, through this innovation award and the WRDS Research Paper Series on SSRN.”
The award was presented during an exclusive event hosted by WRDS. You can read a full report on Wharton’s website here.
Understand Research Metrics with Researcher Academy
This video is the first of a series collaboration with Researcher Academy, an online platform which offers resources, tools, and training to support early-career researchers and professionals in academia. On the SSRN blog we’ll be sharing videos that we hope will prove useful.
First up… This video is on research metrics, explaining how they are calculated and why they are important.
Researcher Academy provides e-learning modules developed by global experts, which can help researchers navigate their research journey. Let us know if there are more topics about research that you’d like us to cover on the SSRN blog!
Plum X and SSRN
This week we’re focusing on our brilliant research metrics partner, PlumX Metrics. PlumX is an extremely helpful tool that provides in-depth usage analytics on the research on SSRN. Plum takes a deeper dive into numbers such as social media usage, and gives you more insight into who’s citing a paper, for example, and what kind of social media buzz that it’s generating.
There are five categories of metrics that together make up PlumX, and all of them analyse scholarly research output for information that academics and researchers might find useful. We’ve listed the five categories below and explained what each of them might be able to show you:
- Citations: This category tells you about traditional citation indexes such as Scopus, but also citations that might indicate Clinical and Policy impact.
- Usage: This simply tells you how many people are reading, downloading or viewing your research on SSRN. Bear in mind this may slightly vary from the current numbers on the main SSRN display because of when the Plum X data feed is updated, so don’t sweat if you see small variances to the official SSRN number.
- Captures: This metric will tell you how many people have saved your research in some way so they come back to it later.
- Mentions: This category lets you know whether anyone has mentioned your research in a news article or blog post, outside social media. This can let you know if people are engaging with your research outside of traditional academic citations.
- Social Media: This key category tells you if people are Tweeting about the research or posting it on Facebook etc, and if there’s any ‘buzz’ about it.
On SSRN, there’s a helpful tool on every article page which tells us all about these five metrics. The tool is shown through a PlumX widget, that brightly coloured icon to the right:
You can see more information about what the different circles mean by hovering over the symbol with your mouse. This paper has garnered lots of attentions, so there’s a lot for Plum Metrics to share about it:
Finally, if you want to know more specific information such as who has Tweeted the paper, you can click on the symbol to show even more detail:
We love Plum X and we hope you do too: so make sure you click on that icon to learn more about the research you find on SSRN.
Tax Month on SSRN
The hot topic this month is tax! We are highlighting papers that examine a range of topics related to taxes, including tax equality, corporate taxation and tax legislation. We aim to showcase the latest papers on taxes which examine recent developments, as well as popular papers from earlier years.
This blog post lists the papers featured in March for Tax Month.
Have we missed a great paper on taxes? Let us know in the comments.
- A Study of Tax Lawyers Discussing Duties
- Do Black Taxpayers Matter? A Critical Tax Analysis of IRS Audit Practices
- Does the Tax System Favor Superstar Firms?
- Does the Impact of Tobacco Taxes Vary by Race and Gender? Taxes, Smoking, and Coronary Heart Disease Mortality in the United States, 2005-2016
- Multibillion-Dollar Tax Questions
- Pillar 2, Fiat, and the EU Unanimity Rule on Tax Matters
- Punishment Externalities and the Prison Tax
- Secure Act 2.0: A Missed Opportunity to Enhance Retirement Equity
- There Must Be Fifty Ways to Tax a Digital Nomad: Does Taxation Constrain the Geographical Freedom of the Digital Nomad?
- Tax Sanctions and the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
- The Green Bonus of Tax Incentives: Evidence from China
- The Perceived (Un)Fairness of the Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate
- The Rise of the Robotic Tax Analyst
- To File or Not to File: Tax Compliance Among Undocumented Immigrant Workers
- Would an Unapportioned U.S. Federal Wealth Tax Be Constitutional, and What Does That Mean?
AI, preprints and SSRN – a new policy…
The sudden explosion of interest in AI technologies
and the power of generative AI in particular to create plausible academic writing is causing huge disruption as students, academics and institutions try to figure out how to respond. ,
SSRN is thinking through issues related to this new technology: authors have submitted papers to us that have been written with the assistance of AI tools, or even written entirely by AI. We’ve had some discussions about this and in response have articulated our AI policy and we hope to provide a clear framework for authors looking for guidance on the best way to incorporate AI into their research. This policy is in line with Elsevier’s Publishing Ethics for Editors Policy.
As a preprint repository SSRN is at the cutting edge of academic research and so has become a part of the conversation about new AI technologies. SSRN recently created an AI & GPT-3 Special Topic Hub to feature the many interesting papers on this topic and to give researchers easy access to the latest thinking on how best to use AI technology. According to Shirley Decker-Lucke, Content Director at SSRN, “SSRN is a space for cutting edge thinkers to work through and share their research in all disciplines, and that of course includes the rapidly evolving area of Generative AI“.
“Our new FAQ offers our current thinking and guidelines on key aspects of authorship and this technology in the hopes that it will provide a framework for scholars who are grappling with Generative AI, how to use it, and its potential positive and negative implications,” said Decker-Lucke.
According to the new guidelines, authors should only use AI technologies to improve the readability and language of their work and not to replace key researcher or author tasks. These tasks include producing insights or theories, analysing and interpreting data, drawing conclusions, and presenting viewpoints.
Applying AI technologies should be done with human oversight and control. Authors should carefully review and edit the output generated by AI technologies since they can produce authoritative-sounding output that can be incorrect, incomplete, or biased. Authors are ultimately responsible and accountable for the contents of their work.
In accordance with our commitment to greater transparency, SSRN requires that authors provide a disclosure statement within the paper detailing any use of AI technologies. Authors should not list AI and AI technologies as an author, nor should they cite AI as an author. These measures encourage research integrity and aim to uphold ethical standards. As always, SSRN reserves the right to remove papers that do not meet its content policies or violate standards of publication ethics and research integrity.
SSRN welcomes the development of new technologies and looks forward to exploring this new wave of innovation while maintaining high levels of research integrity and clear guidance to authors, readers, contributors, and partners.