September 4, 2013
Over the past month, we welcomed the following new archive participants: African Governance and Development Institute, Universität Bern (II), Universitatea Creştină “Dimitrie Cantemir” (II), American Enterprise Institute, OSINERGMIN (Peru), Central Bank of Montenegro, University of Tokyo (II), Better Advances Press, Université Libre de Bruxelles (II). With the addition of Cameroun and Montenegro, this brings the number of countries hosting RePEc archives to 78. We also counted 1,806,601 abstract views and 437,187 downloads from those RePEc services participating in our statistics.
Finally, the following thresholds where passed last month:
30000000 cumulative articles downloads
1300000 items available online
800000 articles available online
500000 articles with abstracts
200000 articles with extracted references
5000 cited books
3000 software components available online
20% of registered authors indexed in RePEc Genealogy
August 4, 2013
Some news from NEP: There is a new report, NEP-NPS (Nonprofit and Public Sectors), and a new NEP blog, NEP-ARA (Economics of the Arab World). The NEREUS project announced that is will be closing the Economists Online RePEc service at the end of the year. There are a few newly participating RePEc archives: ToKnowPress, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Universitatea Creştină “Dimitrie Cantemir”, Oklahoma State University, Akadémiai Kiadó, Sciences Po. But despite this small crop, a lot of new material was added to RePEc, 6600 papers and 10500 articles. We counted 470,265 file downloads and 1,939,170 abstract views last month.
The thresholds we reached:
5000000 matched citations
300000 cited articles
3000 indexed software components
400 RePEc-wide H-index
July 3, 2013
What is new this month? We introduce two new ranking criteria, breadth of citations for registered authors and strength of students for authors, institutions, and regions. The latter ranking for institutions comes to an evaluation of graduate programs and is based on information provided by users to the RePEc Genealogy.
We welcomed a series of new RePEc archives: Society for the Study of Business and Finance, Xiamen University, University of Belgrade, American University of Sharjah, National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Serbian Association of Economists, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, University fo Amsterdam (III), Lifescience Global, IPAG Business School, Istanbul Bilgi University. We counted 500,656 file downloads and 1,942,807 abstract views. And we passed the following thresholds:
2500000 cumulative abstract views for book chapters
1400000 listed works
250000 JEL-coded working papers
7000 books available online
1000 contributors to the RePEc Genealogy
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
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
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
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.