November 24, 2015
Whether you are building a web page, writing a blog post, posting on Facebook or tweeting, as an economist engaged in discussing research on the field, you have to cite relevant sources. To do so, one is tempted to link directly to where said research is to be found: on a personal homepage, on a publisher’s website, or to the pdf file in a working paper series. I want to argue that this is not the best tactic. It is better to link to the abstract page for these research pieces on IDEAS or EconPapers. Why?
- RePEc links are stable. Homepages disappear, publishers and institutions reorganize their websites, but RePEc services have committed to never change their URLs, as they are formed from persistent identifiers. And on the rare occasion that those change, IDEAS and EconPapers offer suggestions on the 404 page where to find the paper.
- RePEc shows other versions. The reader may not be able to read the particular version of the paper that is linked to a gated website. RePEc services often offer alternative versions of the article such as a freely available working paper.
- RePEc provides related literature. The abstract page offers links to referred and cited works, to author profiles, and other related material.
- RePEc rewards linked authors. Getting cited on the Internet, even if it is with a popular blogger or a major newspaper, does not offer any quantifiable rewards to the authors. With a RePEc link, though, hits and downloads will counts towards authors rankings. Authors will be grateful for that.
NB: Linking to the URLs disseminated by NEP is fine, too, although only the last point is valid in that case.
PS: For blogs, the posts linking to RePEc abstract pages will be featured on EconAcademics.
November 4, 2015
We are welcoming fresh blood in the RePEc team, with Joachim Winter taking over the reigns of MPRA from Ekkehart Schlicht.
We have welcomed the following newly participating archives: Effectus University College, Liechtenstein-Institut, Council on Economic Priorities, Academic Research Publishing Group, South African Reserve Bank. We have also counted 519,872 file downloads and 2,303,472 abstract views. Which brings us to several milestones we have surpassed in the last month:
20’000’000 captured references
1’000’000 items indexed in RePEc
500 RePEc-wide h-index (over 500 items with over 500 citations each)
300 listed book series
October 3, 2015
What is new in RePEc? We have now an API, which should allow to disseminated even more widely the research listed in RePEc. We have now over 7000 series and journals listed with us. And we have welcomed the following new archives: California Polytechnic State University, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, LAR Center Press, Eastern European Business and Economics Studies Centre, Université de Genève (II), Groupe ESC Pau, Groupe Revue Banque. For the RePEc services that provide traffic statistics (EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP, Socionet), we counted 437,101 file downloads and 1,882,827 abstract views.
As to the milestones we reached in the past month, we can report:
1000000 cumulative book chapter downloads
75000 changes made by users to the RePEc Genealogy
45000 registered authors
7000 journals and series
700 economics blogs indexed on EconAcademics
September 28, 2015
RePEc is all about the dissemination of its metadata on the economics research literature, and another means of dissemination has been added to its portfolio: an API (Application Programming Interface). This allows applications to interact directly with the content of RePEc without having to go through the sometimes tedious steps involved in collecting data from a decentralized database, which RePEc is.
As we have yet to learn how much demand there is and how it will load our servers, the use of the API is restricted at this point. We want to encourage data user to first use the traditional method to gather RePEc data, as described in this document, before applying for an API user code. Note that functionalities are getting added to the API as users demand, thus not everything is possible at this point.
September 6, 2015
As every year, August was a tranquil month. We counted 380,324 file downloads and 1,388,486 abstract views in the few RePEc services that report such statistics. We welcomed the following RePEc archives: Keio University (II), Yasar University, IPEK University, Research Foundation for Humanity, University of Newcastle. Finally, we reached the following milestones:
2500 NEP followers through Twitter
That’s it already!
August 28, 2015
Alexander Harin has been contributing to RePEc for many years and in many ways, including as editor of two NEP reports, NEP-ACC (Accounting and Auditing) and NEP-UPT (Utility Models and Prospect Theory). He is also an editor for the Munich Personal RePEc Archive, helping with the coverage of submissions in his native Russian as well as taking a heavy load with English manuscripts. His path to economics is rather unusual, having studied and published in physics before becoming an accountant. His wide interests then brought him to think about forecasting and decision theory, which lead hom to find ways to monitor the literature. The various RePEc services were perfect for that, and he decide to also volunteer in their development. You can, too.
August 3, 2015
Over the past month, we have welcomed the following institutions that now index their publications in RePEc: Instituto Brasileiro de Inovação Financeira, Society for Advanced Management Studies, Università di Cassino, Eastern Mediterranean University, Central Statistical Office of Poland, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Università de Salento. We have also counted 389,550 file downloads and 1,541,298 abstract views during last month. This is a rather quiet month in terms of traffic, yet plenty of material was added to our online bibliographies. Yet, somehow, we hit no milestone over the last 31 days. There be more in a month.