RePEc in August 2019

September 10, 2019

What is new? We are launching a new initiative that aims to identify which data sets are used in scholarly works. See this blog post for details.

As usual, we welcome a few new RePEc archives each month. For August 2019, these are: African Real Estate Society (AfRES), Ministerio de Hacienda (Argentina), 50sea Journals, Bussecon International, Alkhaer Publications. We counted 392,991 file downloads and 2,259,618 abstract views. Finally, we reached the following milestones:

75,000,000 downloads through IDEAS
40,000,000 extracted references
1,200,000 items with recognized citations


New initiative to help with discovery of dataset use in scholarly work

September 1, 2019

Many of our readers will have heard of the push for evidence based policy making at the federal level in the United States. The recent Foundations of Evidence Based Policy Making Act and the Federal Data Strategy have provided social scientists in general and economists in particular with a new opportunity to highlight the value of their data and their empirical work. Similar opportunities have appeared in other countries.

A major challenge in highlighting the value of data, however, is that it is currently almost impossible to find out which datasets are used by which researchers on which topics. RePEc is partnering with a new initiative that is combining natural language processing and machine learning techniques to automate dataset search and discovery from social science and economics publications. Some authors will start receiving an email from Christian Zimmermann this month asking them to validate the results of machine learning models. They can also contribute any additional links to the corpus right away at this link.

We hope eventually to automate the search and discovery of datasets and highlight their value as a scholarly contribution in the same way we collect information about publications and citations. The results should help inform government agencies about the value of data that they produce and work with, empirical researchers to find and discover valuable datasets and data experts in their scientific fields, and policy makers realize the value of supporting investments in data.

Thank you in advance for your support!


RePEc in July 2019

August 6, 2019

As often in the Summer, only a short monthly report. We welcomed a few new RePEc archives: University Management: Practice and Analysis, AHM International, Asia University, Oslo Metropolitan University, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences (II). We counted 421,617 file downloads and 1,893,252 abstract views in July 2019 on the few RePEc services that provide us with statistics. And we reached a single milestone:

750,000 working papers with abstracts


RePEc in June 2019

July 3, 2019

After all those years, RePEc is still enjoying a healthy growth. Last month, we welcomed the following new archives: European Xtramile Centre of African Studies, Business Strategies, Russian Journal of Industrial Economics, Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia, City University of Hong Kong, Shanlax, CEREDEC, Administrative Consulting, Russian State University of the Humanities, The Economics of Science journal. With this crop, we now have RePEc archives in over 100 countries. We also counted 395,439 file downloads and 1,798,030 abstract views last month. Finally, we passed the following milestones:

900,000 working papers
9,000 series and journals


100 countries contribute through RePEc archives

July 1, 2019

The mission of RePEc is to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics. An essential part of this is the democratization of access to research, both for the readers to find research and for researchers to make their works accessible. This means that no matter where you work, you should have the same access to research. In that respect, we believe RePEc has made great strides. For example, our logs indicate that we have visitors to our sites from every country (including Antarctica and North Korea).

To get material added to RePEc, an institution typically opens a so-called local RePEc archive that contains information about its publications. We are proud to announce that with the recent addition of Armenia and the Central African Republic we now have such RePEc archives in over 100 countries. As some of those over 2000 archives aggregate material from several institutions, the count is even higher for the indexed works.

Here is the listing of the 101 countries to date that have opened at least one RePEc archive. Here is the listing of the current archives. And finally, here are the instructions for opening a local RePEc archive.


RePEc in May 2019

June 4, 2019

The big news this month is that we reached 5000 working paper series indexed in RePEc. RePEc started to enhance the dissemination of working papers, and working papers are still the best way to learn about the frontier of research. More about this in our recent blog post.

In other news, we welcomed a diverse set of newly participating RePEc archives: Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, Strategic decisions and risk management, Dagestan State Pedagogical University, Center for Crisis Society Studies, Research Africa Network, New Economic School (II), Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Administração, Lupine Publishers, Poleconom, Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research. We counted 512,040 file downloads and 1,975,480 abstract views. And we reached the following milestones:

750,000 cited articles
400,000 cited working papers
70,000 registered people
5,000 working paper series


5000 working paper series on RePEc: working papers are still central to economics

May 31, 2019

RePEc now indexes now over 5000 working papers series, and we take this opportunity to highlight how these open-access pre-prints are central to RePEc and economics research in general. Indeed, the peer-review process in economics is particularly excruciating, as it is quite common for the process to take several years from submission to publication. Multiply this if a manuscript needs to be submitted to several journals (the best journals have acceptance rates below 10%), and you quickly understand that the published research often disseminates research that is several years old.

A reaction to these delays has been the introduction of working papers. Initially disseminated on paper among friends and colleagues, they quickly became the go-to medium if you wanted to know where the frontier of research was. Several institutions then institutionalized the practice by creating official working paper series one could subscribe to, in some cases against a fee to cover printing and shipping costs. Working papers, sometimes also called discussion papers, are considered preliminary work that is not definitive and disseminated for discussion and awareness. Yet, they are sometimes refereed within the issuing institutions, as in some ways their reputation rides on the papers. Also, authors often prefer their working papers to the corresponding published articles, as the latter are sometimes altered in unintended ways through the tyranny of referees as well as shortened by editors with space constraints.

RePEc was created to enhance the dissemination of research in economics, and specifically of working papers. Indeed, unlike journals, working papers were disseminated in an informal way, and one needed to be “in the know” to get them. RePEc has helped bridge that gap and make working papers available to everyone. While the dissemination of working papers is now much improved, the publication delays only got worse, hence working papers are still central to following the frontier of research. This is why RePEc disseminates new working papers through NEP and not new journal articles. And we also have noticed that if a working paper and a journal version are available in parallel, the working paper is downloaded many times more than the article (even after removing the NEP downloads).

If your working paper series is not yet available on RePEc, follow these instructions. To see which series are currently indexed, see the listings on EconPapers or IDEAS.