René Stulz gave the following advice to the Ph.D. students last week at a class meeting:
” When you public a paper on SSRN, also email all the [important] references and say, ‘Here is a new paper on SSRN that cites your work. I want to be sure I cited you correctly, and also to give you a chance to make any comments.'”
René said he has contacted references (and potential future referees) for every one of his papers since he began his career in the early 1980s.
He also suggested waiting to post a paper on SSRN until it is very polished. Often, referees will base their judgment not on the most recent draft they’re looking at, but at the original SSRN draft that they remember.