Volunteer appreciation: Ekkehart Schlicht

October 21, 2010

Ekkehart Schlicht has very recently earned his retirement as a Professor of Economics at the University of Munich and we hope he will remain active for many years in the RePEc community.

Prof. Schlicht has been a pioneer of sorts. While editor of the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (Zeitschrift für die gesamte Staatswissenschaft), he convinced his publisher to put the journal on RePEc, the first German journal to do so. And when he heard that EconWPA had to stop accepting new paper uploads, he stepped up and got the Library of the University of Munich to provide software, space and hosting for the Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA). This allows authors whose home institution is not (yet) participating in RePEc to upload their works and make them available through RePEc. This service has proven to be wildly popular, with over 13000 uploads in its first four years of service, is now the second most popular series or journal on RePEc in terms of downloads. In fact, MPRA is so popular now that its volunteer editors could indeed use some additional help, in particular for submissions in English.

Prof. Schlicht has also occasionally been contributing to this blog, in particular about the future of the publishing industry. This reminds us that this week is Open Access week, so do not forget to promote Open Access around you for a better accessibility of research. In particular, open a local RePEc archive, or upload your works to MPRA!

And we all wish a happy retirement to Prof. Schlicht, and we hope to continue reading from him on this blog and the internal RePEc mailing lists.

RePEc in September 2010

October 5, 2010

Vacations are over in most universities, and it is also noticable at RePEc. Traffic is up, with 674,270 file downloads and 2,308,511 abstract views, and we continue to welcome more participants, be it archives or authors, with new registrations of the latter continuing at a high rate. The new participating archives were: Università di Milano-Bicocca (II), Universidad Catolica del Norte, Datamétrica, University of Economics in Bratislava, George Washington University (II), Texas Christian University, Mutual Fund Research Center, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Fundación BBVA, University of Antwerpen (II).

And finally, the thresholds RePEc reached were:
1,000,000,000 pages views on IDEAS (includes robots, spiders and repeats, though)
75,000,000 article abstract views
30,000,000 working paper downloads
150,000 JEL coded papers
150,000 papers announced through NEP
2,000 listed software components