About lost economists

January 30, 2014

A major component of RePEc is the RePEc Author Service, which allows economists to create an online profile of their works as they are indexed in RePEc. There are several benefits to this. For users, cross-links between profiles and abstract pages allow to discover easily what else the authors have written. For authors, they obtain download statistics and citation alerts, and a link they can refer people to their profile. As for departments, authors can count towards their rankings. So far, about 40,000 authors have registered.

Unfortunately, RePEc loses contact with some of the registered economists. The principal reason is that they move to a different address and neglect to amend their contact details at the RePEc Author Service. This is currently the case for about 500 economists, and we encourage notification to RePEc so that we can reconnect with them. A list of such authors is available here.

Sadly, we also lose contact with some economists because they pass away. While we obviously do not want to send them their monthly statistics, we still want to keep their profiles as they continue to provide information to users. This is why volunteers take over maintenance of those profiles. But before doing so, RePEc needs to be alerted that someone has passed away. Thus, do not hesitate to contact the RePEc Author Service administrator in this regard. A list of known deceased and registered economists is here.


1.5 million documents in RePEc

January 17, 2014

The number of documents indexed in RePEc has recently surpassed 1.5 million. About 900,000 are journal articles, 560,000 are working papers and the rest is distributed across books, book chapters and software components. The number of documents available online is approaching 1.4 million. All this is contributed by over 1,600 archives, ranging from the major commercial publishers to small research centers.

I do not think we expected that many documents related to economics to be listed when RePEc was started. And yet, the number of additions keeps increasing. One would have expected all the low-hanging fruit to have been picked since 1997, but no, they keep coming. Fortunately, RePEc is completely scalable, so we are ready for the next half million. Some RePEc services (those using the RePEc data), however, start struggling a little bit with the mass of data. We expect that some efforts will be dedicated to back-end work for these services.

And if your institution or publisher is still not participating in RePEc, here are instructions. If you are an individual from an institution that does not want to participate, you can upload your works at MPRA and they will be included in RePEc.


RePEc in December 2013, and a look back at 2013

January 4, 2014

First about last month. CitEc has a new sponsor. We counted 512,345 file downloads and 2,274,496 abstract views, and we welcomed a small crop of newly participating archives: Redfame Publishing, Warsaw School of Economics, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Universität Trier. The Economists Online website has closed.

Here are the thresholds we passed last December:

500000 documents with extracted and matched references
8000 online books
3000 links from Wikipedia to documents or authors on RePEc sites

As for what we have done over the past year: We inaugurated several new features: the RePEc Biblio, MyIDEAS, 10-year rankings, a job market paper archive, and a fantasy league. We served 6,819,455 downloads and 29,020,533 abstract views. We welcomed 124 newly participating archives that added along with the existing ones about 173,000 documents to RePEc. We also counted over 4,000 newly registered authors. This continuing growth is quite surprising, as we would have thought that all low-hanging fruits were already gathered long ago. But no, they keep coming, and we welcome them with open arms.


CitEc has a new sponsor

December 12, 2013

As other RePEc services, the citation project CitEc is based on the volunteer work of the developers. Following the business model of the open source movement, CitEc is thus able to work without funding. The only costs of the Project are those related to the hosting of the server.

Since the beginning the server has been a physical machine owned by CitEc and hosted in a research institution. This year CitEc has moved to cloud computing by renting a server in a commercial company. We hope this new approach will improve the management of CitEc by reducing the problems related to technical restrictions imposed by the hosting institutions.

Over the past five years the hosting services were provided by the Valencian Economic Research Institute. We are very grateful to them for this support and look forward to continue the collaboration in the future.

Starting this year the new sponsor for CitEc is INOMICS. INOMICS is an international service for students and professionals in economics and finance. They offer a search for conferences, jobs, programs, courses and economics resources that can be accessed online (including searching through the RePEc database), or you can have your customized updates delivered to your inbox via their weekly email alert service.

We expect this partnership to be long and successful. Thanks INOMICS for your support!


RePEc in November 2013

December 4, 2013

The big news this month is that we reached a significant mark in terms of traffic. Since we started counting, and for those RePEc services that report these statistics, RePEc has facilitated 300 millions abstract views and 75 million full text downloads. This was after counting 639,213 file downloads and 2,764,484 abstract views last month. We also brought the number of countries hosting a RePEc archive to 80, with the following additions: Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center, Istanbul Commerce University, Sakarya University, CEPAL, UNU-MERIT, Econjournals.net, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, Bucharest University, Kingston University, Université Paris-Dauphine, Pak Publishing Group, Editions NecPlus, Edward Elgar. Finally the fantasy league got off to a good start, with already 163 players.

Also, RePEc will be present at the ASSA meeting in Philadelphia, the largest gathering of economists. You will be able to find us at the booth of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in the exhibitors’ hall, where we can explain the various RePEc services, take suggestions and answer questions.

And now for the full list of thresholds we reached:
300000000 cumulative abstract views
75000000 cumulative downloads
900000 documents claims in author profiles
80 countries hosting RePEc archives


The most popular web pages on RePEc services

November 29, 2013

We have occasionally been asked what the most popular web pages are on RePEc. This is somewhat difficult to determine, as there are many RePEc services, and they may log traffic in different ways. Only the counting of abstract views and downloads is treated uniformly, at LogEc. The list below should thus be taken with a grain of salt, and may be subject to measurement error and seasonal factors. In fact, one page is missing and should be somewhere in the top of the list, the EconPapers search page. Here we go:


  1. IDEAS search result
  2. IDEAS home
  3. Rankings
  4. RePEc Author Service home
  5. IDEAS journal list
  6. IDEAS paper series list
  7. IDEAS author list
  8. Top authors
  9. Top journals by simple impact factor
  10. Top economics departments
  11. Fantasy league
  12. EDIRC home
  13. MyIDEAS
  14. IDEAS advanced search page
  15. EDIRC alphabetical listing
  16. RePEc Author Service automatic suggestions
  17. IDEAS book series list
  18. EconPapers home
  19. MyIDEAS login
  20. Top US economics departments
  21. Top young economists
  22. Top institutions
  23. IDEAS JEL classification home
  24. CitEc home

A surprisingly large number of links to the rankings are in the list above. That should not indicate that economists are obsessed with rankings. IDEAS for example, has about two million web pages. The ranking pages actually represent only a small fraction of total traffic.


How to get to the RePEc metadata

November 19, 2013

RePEc collects a lot of metadata about publications in economics and finance, their authors, citations and more. All this data is provided by volunteers with the understanding that it is freely available for non-commercial uses while there is no explicit licence for the data.

By the very nature of RePEc, the data is highly decentralized and may be somewhat difficult to get to, at least for a novice. To this end, we have now a  document that should help the potential user getting to it. It is not straightforward, and the data needs substantial massaging for the user to make good use of it. We hope this will be useful, though.


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