Which keywords should one use for tagging research papers in economics?

July 29, 2015

This is a guest post by Andreas Kempf.

This question is best answered with the STW Thesaurus for Economics, a domain-specific controlled vocabulary maintained by the ZBW German National Library of Economics, the world’s largest information centre for economic literature.

The same content could be described by different keywords. A controlled vocabulary serves to minimize this semantic ambiguity by grouping synonymous terms and defining preferred labels used for indexing. This way, it ensures consistency in the storage of the literature in a database and facilitates uniform access to documents that pertain to similar subject matter. Complementary to the JEL classification codes which allow for a disciplinary classification of a paper, a thesaurus aids a more fine-grained and poly-dimensional description of a document.

Developed in the mid-1990s and since then constantly updated according to the current terminology usage in the latest international economic research literature, the STW Thesaurus for Economics covers all sub-fields both in the economics as well as in business economics and business practice. To select subject headings from the STW, an autosuggest service is available.

You may also download STW Thesaurus for Economics here. To stay updated about any news concerning STW please register at stw-announce. To ask questions and to get in contact with other STW users please register at stw-user.


RePEc in June 2015

July 5, 2015

Last month saw a surge in newly participating RePEc archives. We have welcomed: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, International Scientific Publications, European Center for Science Education and Research, Risk Market Journals, Banco Central del Uruguay, “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University Bucharest, University of Tampere, University of Bath (II), St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, International Journal of Transport Economics, Fabrizio Serra Editore. We also counted 430,267 file downloads and 2,529,308 abstract views from the RePEc services that provide such statistics: EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP and Socionet. Keep in mind that other services use RePEc data without providing statistics.

And now to a few milestones we have reached over the last month:
4000000 cumulative book downloads
1800000 items listed
700000 articles with abstracts
500000 cumulative book downloads
2000 Twitter followers for NEP feeds


RePEc in May 2015

June 4, 2015

There is relatively little to report this month. For those RePEc services that report these statistics, we counted 506,746 file downloads and 1,920,829 abstract views. The new RePEc archives include one from Morocco, the 84th participating country: Korean Economic Association, US Department of the Treasury, Universidad de Costa Rica, OCP Policy Center, Université du Québec à Montréal (II), Inovatus Services, Texas A&M University. Waseda University, Sciedu Press. Finally, we reached the following milestones:

50,000 NEP reports compiled
12,500 links between blogs posts and RePEc works on EconAcademics.org


RePEc in April 2015

May 3, 2015

This was a big month, with almost 50,000 works added to RePEc. In part, this was due to the following new participants: Entrepreneurship Training Center Albania, Italian Development Economists Association, and University of Groningen. We have counted 535,112 file downloads and 2,031,692 abstract views. And this big push in indexed material also helped in passing several milestones:

1,750,000 indexed works
1,100,000 indexed articles
1,000,000 indexed articles with full text
700,000 items are cited
500,000 items with JEL code


Server downtime on Saturday May 2, 2015

May 1, 2015

The RePEc services based at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will not be accessible starting around 7am CST (12:00 GMT) to perform necessary maintenance. This pertains to the RePEc Author Service, IDEAS, EDIRC, RePEc Genealogy, RePEc Biblio, RePEc Input Service, RePEc Plagiarism Committee, EconAcademics and QM&RBC. All other RePEc services will be available as usual.

Updates will be provided on this blog.

7:08 am CDT: web servers are offline as scheduled

7:55 am CDT: web servers are back up


Volunteer appreciation: Simplice Asongu

May 1, 2015

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RePEc relies on volunteer work to function, and many are contributing. One can help in small and big way. Simplice Asongu is one of those who have embraced RePEc and contribute in big ways. He is one of the editors on MPRA, the Munich Personal RePEc Archive which allows authors whose home institution does not participate in RePEc to upload their works and have them listed. While an institutional archive has some editorial control if only to preserve the reputation of the institution, anybody can upload at MPRA and thus a minimum of quality control is required: it should be about economics, it should be an academic work, it should not violate copyrights, the full text needs to be legible, and the required metadata needs to be complete. As material in any language could be uploaded to MPRA, this required a large diversity of editors that make sure the uploaded paper is appropriate. Of course, English is by far the most frequent language and necessitates several editors to handle the workload. Simplice is one of them, and he has so far handled close to 8000 papers.

Simplice currently works at the African Governance and Development Institute (AGDI), a think tank based in Yaoundé (Cameroon). He is an empirical economist principally interest in growth development and finance issues for Africa. Doing research in Africa is not the easiest, and it is remarkable that he remains productive in his academic undertakings in such an environment, and even finds time to help RePEc in significant ways.

If you want to help RePEc as well, even in small ways, here is a list of some volunteer opportunities.


RePEc in March 2015

April 6, 2015

What is new in RePEc? A new feature at CitEc, our citation analysis project: you can now choose to receive citation alerts about any economist registered in RePEc. We welcomed the following new RePEc archives: Association for Entreprenorial Spirit Promotion, Danish Rational Economic Agents Model (DREAM), Hungarian Demographic Research Institute, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences, Varna University of Economics, Silesian University, Duncker & Humblot, Hongkong University of Science and Technology. And we counted 597,365 file downloads and 2,154,491 abstract views. As for new thresholds we surpassed over the past month, we can report:

333333333 cumulative abstract views through reporting RePEc services (that is, one third of a billion)
50000 NEP reports disseminated.


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