How to Get 19380+ People to Read Your Academic Work? The “F-Bomb” Constitutes Your Entire Title

22 June 2007 at 5:19 am 5 comments

| Chihmao Hsieh |

I got an auto-generated email early this morning telling me that some research I co-authored with Todd Zenger and Jackson Nickerson made one of the SSRN Top 10 downloaded lists (presumably Top 10 over the last 30 days?), apparently from the Entrepreneurship section of the website. So I’m searching around SSRN trying to find out where in the Top 10 this research landed, and that’s when I inadvertently found a very different, very unfamiliar research paper at the end of this “Top 10 All-Time Downloaded” list.

I hit the “Refresh” button and rubbed my eyes to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. I don’t anticipate reading the manuscript, but I could see from the abstract that it is likely provocative.

For the daring and/or not-devoutly-religious, here is the direct link (Rated R, maybe NSFW). (Disclaimer: This is not some kind of tip designed to help any of you improve your papers’ citation performance!)

UPDATE: Apparently, it has been published completely uncensored in the most recent issue of the Cardozo Law Review.

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  • 1. brayden  |  22 June 2007 at 9:18 am

    That’s a word I never thought I’d see in the abstract of an academic paper. But I have to admit, after reading the abstract, I’m intrigued and I want to read the whole thing.

    Also, the term “f*** jurisprudence” has probably never been used before, except as an expletive in a crowded bar full of lawyers.

  • 2. Chihmao Hsieh  |  22 June 2007 at 9:59 am

    I gave in and read the first 25 pages earlier this morning. Pretty interesting stuff…

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  • 4. Cliff Grammich  |  22 June 2007 at 9:14 pm

    brayden, Gerry Suttles’s masterful work on The Social Order of the Slum managed to include in a footnote a twelve-letter word defaming somebody’s mother and containing the four letters of the word that we’re discussing here. I just about fell out of my chair the first time I saw that, but I can’t say that I’m now shocked by seeing the expletive in an abstract.

    I’m thinking the word we’re discussing would be a good title for a linguistics paper, one that, for all I know, has already been written. I’ve heard that “jack” is the most overworked word in the English language, i.e., the one that can be and is used in the most ways, but methinks anybody seriously claiming that doesn’t know, um, WTF they’re talking about (as said linguistics paper would prove) . . .

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