Let the Reader Decide!

May 27, 2014

I just learned about  a new journal with a new concept that sounds interesting: Royal Society Open Science. It has a review process and will publish all articles which are scientifically sound, leaving judgement of importance and impact to the reader.

This seems apposite because printing costs and distribution costs are practically absent in the Internet age. So there is no big point in rationing publication space (that is not scarce anymore) by  “importance” or “impact”.

Unfortunately this  journal does not cover economics.


New format for CitEc author and series profiles

May 14, 2014

In the past weeks, CitEc, RePEc’s citation analysis website, has released new authors and series citation profiles with improved features.

Series profiles:

  • Data coverage: 1990 – 2013
  • New indicators: Cumulative number of documents published until year y, Cumulative number of citations to papers published until year y, Cumulative impact factor.
  • New graphs: Citations by publication year, cumulative citations and cumulative documents published.

Authors profiles:

  • New profile layout
  • New indicator: i10-index. Number of works with at least 10 citations.
  • Included related authors: In addition to the co-author relationships, now we include links to researchers citing and cited by the author being analyzed
  • Added a new section with recent citing documents. It is possible to identify who has cited the author in the last two years.
  • New graphs: evolution of author’s h-index and citations received by publication year.
  • Authors can upload a picture to complete their profiles

You can have a look at some examples of the new profiles:


RePEc in April 2014

May 5, 2014

A major threshold was reached a few days ago with 40,000 authors registered on the RePEc Author Service (not counting over 10,000 non-authors). For comparison, the membership of the American Economic Association, the largest society of economists, is about 13,000.

We have welcomed the following new particpating archives in RePEc: Council for Budget Responsibility, Università di Roma Sapienza (II), WISE, Indiana State University, Canon Institute for Global Studies, Pepperdine University, Macrothink Institute, Credit and Capital Markets, Asian Development Bank, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Universitat de Barcelona (II), Analítika. We also counted 593,545 file downloads and 2,794,821 abstract views, only for the RePEc services that deliver such statistics.

This brings us to the various thresholds we reached over the last month:

60000000 cumulative abstract views on EconPapers
1400000 listed documents available online
40000 registered authors
1000 economists put on auction in the RePEc fantasy league.


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