RePEc in April 2015

May 3, 2015

This was a big month, with almost 50,000 works added to RePEc. In part, this was due to the following new participants: Entrepreneurship Training Center Albania, Italian Development Economists Association, and University of Groningen. We have counted 535,112 file downloads and 2,031,692 abstract views. And this big push in indexed material also helped in passing several milestones:

1,750,000 indexed works
1,100,000 indexed articles
1,000,000 indexed articles with full text
700,000 items are cited
500,000 items with JEL code

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Server downtime on Saturday May 2, 2015

May 1, 2015

The RePEc services based at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will not be accessible starting around 7am CST (12:00 GMT) to perform necessary maintenance. This pertains to the RePEc Author Service, IDEAS, EDIRC, RePEc Genealogy, RePEc Biblio, RePEc Input Service, RePEc Plagiarism Committee, EconAcademics and QM&RBC. All other RePEc services will be available as usual.

Updates will be provided on this blog.

7:08 am CDT: web servers are offline as scheduled

7:55 am CDT: web servers are back up


Volunteer appreciation: Simplice Asongu

May 1, 2015

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RePEc relies on volunteer work to function, and many are contributing. One can help in small and big way. Simplice Asongu is one of those who have embraced RePEc and contribute in big ways. He is one of the editors on MPRA, the Munich Personal RePEc Archive which allows authors whose home institution does not participate in RePEc to upload their works and have them listed. While an institutional archive has some editorial control if only to preserve the reputation of the institution, anybody can upload at MPRA and thus a minimum of quality control is required: it should be about economics, it should be an academic work, it should not violate copyrights, the full text needs to be legible, and the required metadata needs to be complete. As material in any language could be uploaded to MPRA, this required a large diversity of editors that make sure the uploaded paper is appropriate. Of course, English is by far the most frequent language and necessitates several editors to handle the workload. Simplice is one of them, and he has so far handled close to 8000 papers.

Simplice currently works at the African Governance and Development Institute (AGDI), a think tank based in Yaoundé (Cameroon). He is an empirical economist principally interest in growth development and finance issues for Africa. Doing research in Africa is not the easiest, and it is remarkable that he remains productive in his academic undertakings in such an environment, and even finds time to help RePEc in significant ways.

If you want to help RePEc as well, even in small ways, here is a list of some volunteer opportunities.