The Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is hosting a conference on the challenges of economic information and data. The event will take place September 29 and 30, 2014, and will feature Hal Varian (Chief economist, Google) and Neil Fantom (Open Data manager, the World Bank). Submissions are invited until July 9, 2014. The conference’s website is here
What was new in RePEc in May? We announced significant enhancements to the series and author pages on CitEc, our citation extraction project. Also, we have just added a ranking of European economics departments. We have also welcomed the following new RePEc archives: Alma Mater University of Sibiu, University of Warsaw, Asia Pacific Institute of Research, University of West Virginia (II), Instytut Badañ Gospodarczych, Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány, Principled Societies Project, University of Rijeka, Maryland Institute of Research, Universidade de Vigo (II), French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. We counted 549,441 file downloads and 2,350,152 abstract views.
Finally, we reached these thresholds:
5000000 cumulative software item abstract views
600000 cited documents
300000 working papers with extracted references
750 NEP reports dispatched to field editors
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.
In the past weeks, CitEc, RePEc’s citation analysis website, has released new authors and series citation profiles with improved features.
- 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.
- 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:
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:
After a record crop, the last month was unusually calm in terms of new RePEc archives: Corvinus University Budapest, Università Bocconi, African Finance and Economic Association, and Chiang Mai University. We counted 616,841 file downloads and 2,692,082 abstract views. While these numbers are on the high side, this did not bring us any particular threshold, except that we reached 50000 registered people (not all of them authors) in the RePEc Author Service. That is it for a very short post this month.
Likely the most frequent request RePEc is getting is an author who wants us to add some publications to the database and wonders why our “spider” has not picked them up. The second most frequent is a publisher wondering why RePEc is neglecting to disseminate its output. The problem is that this is not at all the way RePEc functions. This short post provides the basics of how the metadata (the data describing the research documents) gets into RePEc.
The principle is that metadata comes directly from the providers. By providers we mean commercial publishers for their books and journals, or university departments for their working papers, or research centers for their papers, or policy institutions for their various publications. Thus, RePEc does not have a spider that surfs the entire Internet and tries to infer what it is that it stumbles upon. Rather, RePEc knows exactly where to look for the information that has been formatted in a way to optimize its usefulness. And if an author finds some publications are missing, it is either because the provider is not (yet) participating in RePEc, in which case it can follow these instructions, or because the provider has incomplete data, in which case a technical contact is listed on the RePEc page of the relevant journal or series and can help.
Why is RePEc data collection organized in such a way? We want RePEc to be free for all, so it needs to be set up in a way that does not generate costs. Thus, we put the burden of indexing on those who benefit the most from it, the providers. And close to 1700 are willing to do so. Any remaining central duties are picked up by the RePEc team.