Mentioning economic research on the Internet? Deep-link to RePEc!

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. RePEc provides related literature. The abstract page offers links to referred and cited works, to author profiles, and other related material.
  4. 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.

RePEc in October 2015

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

Joachim Winter takes Responsibility for MPRA

October 23, 2015

The Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA) has been started nine years ago by me, Ekkehart Schlicht, to support the function of the Econ Working Paper Archive that went out of operation at the time. I have continued to supervise the archive after my retirement but decided to hand the duty over to someone else. It is a great fortune that one of my younger colleagues at our department, Joachim Winter, was prepared to help.


The outgoing editor of MPRA, Ekkehart Schlicht, and the new editor, Joachim Winter

Joachim holds the Chair of Empirical Economic Research at the Department of Economics at the LMU University of Munich. In spite of his many other commitments, he decided to take care of MPRA. I am very happy about that.

MPRA provides the possibility for economists worldwide to make their research available through all services of the RePEc network even if they are not affiliated with an institution that runs an institutional RePEc archive. Because MPRA does not remove contributions from the archive, they remain publicly available for the future, even in those cases where the final version appears in a gated journal.

MPRA would not be possible with the continuous support by the University Library and its director Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger, and by Volker Schallehn who works at the library and is responsible for the electronic media there. I thank them very much for all they have done for MPRA in the past, and for their preparedness to support MPRA in the future.

RePec-3bEkkehart Schlicht, Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger, Joachim Winter, and Volker Schallehn

And, last but not least, I thank the editors of MPRA. Their voluntary and continuous support keeps the archive running incredibly smoothly. I have joined their ranks and will help with German and English submissions in the future.

All my best wishes to all of you!


RePEc in September 2015

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

RePEc offers now an API

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.

RePEc in August 2015

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!

Volunteer recognition: Alexander Harin

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.


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