And another year has passed, and it is our duty to look back at what happened. But first the monthly update. In December we counted 583,840 file downloads and 2,025,144 abstract views, which is on the low side, with a strong seasonal component. Yet, RePEc continues to expand, with new participating archives from the following institutions: Universität Zürich (IV), Fondazione Aristide Merloni, University of Chicago (II), E3 Journals, INRA (VII), State Audit Office of Hungary, Université Dauphine (II), Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos (IPP), Asian Economic and Social Society. In terms of thresholds passed, we can report:
200000 cited articles
50000 monthly downloads through NEP (in November)
2500 software components listed
Regarding the year: RePEc content continues to grow at unexpected rates: 157,000 research items were added, 152,000 of which are available online, covering in part 166 new journals and 303 new working paper series. 126 new archives joined RePEc and 4100 new authors registered. All these numbers cannot hide, though, some stagnation in traffic (8,235,237 downloads and 28,089,999 abstract views), with only NEP, our email notification service, registering significant growth. But we are hopeful that several product innovations in the coming months will drive traffic back up. Follow this blog for the announcements!
Happy New Year! I’ve tracked the decline in downloads and abstract views per member for a while:
Given the large increase in the number of author registered in RePEc, there is nothing to read in the decrease in “downloads and abstract views per member.” Indeed, the total downloads also count those from items without a registered author.
I suggest several reasons for the trends in my blogpost. The reason I was interested in this is that for a given number of downloads a registered user’s rank in percentage terms is rising over time as more people join.