RePEc in May 2013

June 3, 2013

Following a recent poll, RePEc will be introducing two new rankings: one that measures the breadth of the citations to his work, and the other measuring the strength of an advisor’s students, and the same for economics departments. The latter indicators will be drawn from the data collected by the RePEc Genealogy, and users are invited to contributed to this crowd-sourced initiative to make it more comprehensive before the first release of the rankings.

Newly participating archives are: Higher School of Economics (II), University of Finance and Administration (Prague), Constantin Brancoveanu University, University of Tehran, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Ursinus College, Carocci Editore, Freie Universität Bozen, Masaryk University. Traffic is lsowly sliding in the usual Summer lull, with 603,305 file downloads and 2,479,017 abstract views in May. This adds up to over 40 millions paper downloads since we started counting, although this does not cover all sites that use RePEc data.

We traditionally conclude by reporting some statistical thresholds we surpassed over the last month. Here they are for May 2013:

40000000 cumulative paper downloads
2500000 cumulative book abstract views
1250000 indexed items available online
500 graduate departments listed in RePEc Genealogy

RePEc in April 2013

May 3, 2013

The statistic of the month is that over half a million items in RePEc are cited at least once, according to the CitEc citation analysis project. Speaking of citations, some changes to the way RePEc rankings are performed are currently up for vote, and a new ranking of economists by cohorts has been released. The latter exploits graduation data collected in the RePEc Genealogy. As for traffic, it was good, with 657,370 file downloads and 3,138,554 abstract views during last month.

An unusually large cohort of new archives joined us last month: World Intellectual Property Organization, IPEA (II), University of Windsor, Hyperion University, Warsaw School of Economics (II), INRA (VIII), Kharkiv National University of Economics, University of Sakarya, Institute for Social and Economic Change, University of Barcelona (III), ESADE Business School, KASBIT, Institut Ekonomskih Nauka, Centre of Excellence for Scientific and Research Journalism, Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne.

And the thresholds we passed were:

12000000 references extracted
3000000 downloads through NEP
500000 cited documents
40000 issued NEP reports
1000 books with extracted references
250 book series

RePEc in March 2013

April 4, 2013

What is new this month? Nothing much to report, for once, except that as MyIDEAS usage is expanding, we are now going to alert series and journal maintainers, editors and authors about how many people are following them. But as promised, we will not be revealing who it is. And, of course, we started fantasy leagues.

During the month, we counted 668,431 file downloads and 3,065,876 abstract views. Almost 500 authors registered, proving that there is still a large potential for growth in the RePEc Author Service. And we welcomed the following new archives: Institute of Accounting and Finance Kiev, Grantham Research Institute, Akroasis, Valahia University, Harvard University Press, Kobe University (II), Universidad de Guadalajara, University of Primorska, Ecological University of Bucharest, Duke University (II), Masaryk University, School of Oriental and African Studies, Gdansk University of Technology.

Finally, we reached the follow thresholds:
1000000 cumulative abstract views through Socionet
150000 cumulative downloads through Socionet
15000 listed books
6000 listed online books

BEPress Journals Are Not Open Access Anymore

March 16, 2013

This is the usual story:  Once a free or reasonably priced journal is successful, it is bought, prices are raised, and access restricted. The lure of money is too tempting.

The most recent case concerns the BEPress journals that had pioneered open access in economics (well, actually quasi-open access, but this was acceptable). Aaron Edlin has sold them to DeGruyter, and quasi open access turned into gated access. The author’s rights are disregarded, of course.

We see here that well-defined property rights might bring about economic inefficiency: If a journal can be sold, it will be sold and turned into a goldmine, even if this is inefficient from an economic point of view. This can never happen to RePEc, as it is not owned by anybody. Under the presumption that open access is economically more efficient than gated access, ill defined property rights contribute to efficiency.

As an author make sure that you publish in a journal that cannot be sold, or is unlikely to be sold. Perhaps the existing free journal software should carry a clause that free use is permitted only for open access journals, and other uses are permitted only on paying a stiff fee. This would make credible to the authors that their work remains accessible and would solve the problem even with well-defined property rights, but this is unlikely to happen.

RePEc in February 2013

March 4, 2013

Last month, we have introduced yet another RePEc service, the RePEc Biblio. This is a curated bibliography of economics, wherein volunteer editors are incharge of a topic and identify the most important papers. Check it out, and volunteer as well! In other important news, we now have over half a million working papers listed, and we tracked now over 70 million file downloads through participating RePEc services (those that send us such statistics).

We also welcomed the following newly participating archives: Holistic Marketing Management, Fundatia Romana pentru Inteligenta Afacerii, Vilnius University, Universitatea Maritima din Constanta, Phoenix Yayinevi, Universitatea Dimitrie Cantemir, University of Bucharest, Istituto Regionale per la Programmazione Economica della Toscana.

In terms of thresholds we surpassed, we can mention:
500000 working papers listed
200000 cited working papers
35000 registered authors

RePEc in January 2013

February 4, 2013

We have inaugurated this month MyIDEAS, the personal space on IDEAS that allows a user to follow other authors, series, journals and JEL codes. One can as well build a bibliography and organize it in folders. Find the login at the top of most IDEAS pages or directly here.

We have also welcomed the following institutions with new RePEc archives: Otaru University of Commerce, Romanian Distribution Committee, City University (II), UNDP (II), University of Cambridge (III), Universidad de Oviedo (II), University of Cambridge (II), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Ukrainian Journal Ekonomist. Also with the over 1500 participating archives, this pushed us to over 1.2 million research items available on-line. Also, a record 610 people signed up on the RePEc Author Service. We counted 2,235,346 abstract views and 554,912 downloads from the reporting RePEc services over last month.

In terms of thresholds we surpassed, we can report the following:

1200000 items available on-line
800000 listed journal articles
750000 listed on-line journal articles

RePEc in December 2012, and a look back at 2012

January 2, 2013

Over the past month, we welcomed new archives from the following institutions: Université Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Associazione Studi e Ricerche Interdisciplinari sul Lavoro, Feng Chia University, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. RePEc services served 2,235,346 abstract views and 554,912 full-text downloads over the course of the month. And we managed to pass the following thresholds:

800000 research items listed in registered author profiles
250000 working papers with extracted references
150000 articles with extracted references
1500 participating archives

A few additional words about 2013. Over the past year, we counted 26,409,738 abstract views and 7,004,655 full-text downloads through RePEc services participating in the bean counting, IDEAS served 11,473,203 unique visitors from 226 countries and territories (including 3 visits from Nauru, 7 from Saint Pierre and Miquelon, but none this year from North Korea, contrarily to previous years). RePEc added 112 new participating archives, 297 working paper series, 180 journals, 53,731 working papers, 113,336 articles, and a total of 163,479 new items available online. 3,769 authors registered, 4,141 NEP reports were issued, references were extracted and matched from 112,389 works. Beyond this, IDEAS and EDIRC went through a redesign, was relaunched as a blog aggregator for economics research, the CollEc co-authorship analysis site was opened to the public, new features were added to the RePEc Author Service and CitEc, our citation analysis site, and the RePEc Genealogy was introduced. And there are plenty of plans for 2013!


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