Frequently Asked Questions
In 2000, Greg Gupton started this website as a hobby and a way to share research among his friends that he found useful within his own work. He found/selected the first 500 papers manually and with Google then (after it's launch in Nov-2004) Google Scholar. Since DefaultRisk started offering submission forms, about two thirds of new papers are donated from their many authors, see an exhaustive author list. Thanks! See also, How did my paper get on DefaultRisk.com if I didn't submit it?
So with the caveat that Greg gets lots of feedback, suggestions and submissions, he remains the sole operator. And to the extent that a hobby can have an "owner", he's that too.
As I operate this website, there are inevitably editorial choices and opinions. These are solely my own (that is, Greg Gupton's) and do not necessarily reflect the views of any related party or my employer the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Submitted papers are very welcome. For the specific details of information requested, see the submission form. Historically, easily 90% or more of submitted papers are accepted. Historically, the most likely reason to not accept a paper is that it doesn't fall within my topic scope, see categories.
Most people do not have a website, or even, a school provided web-space. I suggest two alternatives (please contact me to suggest others): arXiv and MPRA. Both are free and have the advantage that reference information is automatically included into the RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) system. Some people purchase their own domain or use Google Sites. While this is (I feel) sufficient, (I feel) these are suboptimal to promulgate your research.
Please be assured that SSRN also is a fine place to post research. Papers there are also swept into the RePEc system. I disallow them (for submissions) merely because (for technical reasons) I cannot link to their PDF documents.
How are the TopTen lists compiled?
Each list is sorted by a mechanical tabulation of: dates, citations, page-visits, or publications. All are updated monthly, except for the quarterly Cited Books. Four list are based on "Views". My hosting service records visitor traffic via SmarterStats. I aggregate this data by month and have retained file-level records since Mar-2003. All lists here are based on "Page Views" rather than "Hits".
Why use a two month moving window rather than one or three or four, etc.? Because I wish to show what is currently popular without being entirely overwhelmed whit what has been newly posted this month. Empirically, two month balances this and the "two" doesn't change.
How are researchers chosen to get an "organizing page"?
Periodically, and as I find time in my schedule, I devote time to composing additional "organizing pages" for prolific credit researchers. These are bothersome to compose and then demand an upkeep commitment, so this is not frequently done. Researcher selection is solely determined by who next has the most "credit" papers. "Credit paper" include all but the Code, Liquidity, Quant., and Related categories.
Once composed, the "organizing page" is offered to the research and they may chose to decline to have it go "live", which, indeed, one researcher did ... on the grounds that it portrayed only his credit-related work and not the totality of his academic contribution.
However, it seems that some people very much want an "organizing page" and occasionally make direct requests. But the selection rule is clear and exceptions are not granted.
How did my paper get on DefaultRisk.com if I didn't submit it?
Authors may well see their papers on this site even if they did not "submit" it. I constantly search for interesting work mostly in three ways: a) RSS feeds from the BIS, q-fin at arXiv, nep-rmg at REPec, MPRA, etc., b) Google Scholar searches, and c) general Internet searching. If you would like to recommend good/targeted searches, please contact me; and thanks! Also, authors can --if they really want-- have their papers removed, see below.
What "rights" do authors have?
From the beginning of this website, it was clear to me that researchers could benefit by having greater/centralized access to broad sources of credit research. I've come also to realize that many authors benefit by garnering broader readership for their work. So this very much can be a win-win. But, I feel, this can only work well if authors feel comfortable.
There are many reasons that authors may wish to withdraw their research: discovered mistakes with a forthcoming fix, or some journal's stipulation ahead of publication, or perhaps a desire to recast the work into some different direction. Thus, this site will deaccession a paper at an author's simple request. E-mail your request so that I can verify your authorship via your e-mail address.
Authors may also request edits to their posting. Typically this involves adding Keywords or JEL Classification. Please note however that I get yelled at if I post information that contradicts what is actually reported in the posted paper.
Please contact me with problems or suggestions.