A while ago I was searching for a way to acknowledge researchers who cite directEDGAR as part of their data collection efforts. I wanted to do something because I think that those citations in the academic journals are a key factor is establishing our legitimacy with the academic market. So we started a program (that I at least think is neat) where we order up ice-cream from a local ice-cream shop and have the cartons customized with the name of the paper and the names of any of the authors who are our clients. – Check out the images below.
The image above is the ice-cream delivered to Professor Lubomir P. Litov, he is a member of the Finance Department at the University of Oklahoma. His (co-authored) paper Lead Independent Directors: Good governance or window dressing? was accepted by the Journal of Accounting Literature for their December 2019 issue.
Here is an image of the ice-cream we sent to Professor Matt Ege, Jennifer Glenn and Professor John Robinson, faculty and PhD student in the Department of Accounting at Texas A&M University. Their paper Unexpected SEC Resource Constraints and Comment Letter Quality was accepted by Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR) in May – though there has not been a publication date reported yet on the CAR website.
One more, one of my colleagues at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Professor Erin Bass had an ice-cream surprise recently. She cited directEDGAR in her paper Top Management Team Diversity, Equality, and Innovation: A Multilevel Investigation of the Health Care Industry recently accepted for publication by the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies.
While this may seem a little strange. Who would make ice-cream with an academic research title on the label? I will observe that one of our authors reported a couple of years ago that it really made their kids want to read the paper with the title. They (the kids) were bragging to all of their friends that their dad had ice-cream named after him!! What could be better than that?
A little back story on eCreamery, the amazing company that handles all of the details. This company was started by two women in Omaha in 2007. They have been on SharkTank and Mr Buffett (that’s Warren, not Jimmy) has been known to pop in with some of his best buds. eCreamery is only about 15 blocks from my house and when we go there we can count on the line being out the door. Clearly – the best SEC filing search engine customers deserve only the best ice-cream.
So for the fine print. The decision as to whether or not we send ice-cream as the result of a citation is strictly at our discretion. There are times we do not send ice-cream – none of the authors is employed by one of our clients is a big one. Another is that the authors are at one of our international schools or in Alaska or Hawaii. (eCreamery will not guarantee a frozen delivery outside the continental US – go figure). This program can be stopped at any time.