Which keywords should one use for tagging research papers in economics?

July 29, 2015

This is a guest post by Andreas Kempf.

This question is best answered with the STW Thesaurus for Economics, a domain-specific controlled vocabulary maintained by the ZBW German National Library of Economics, the world’s largest information centre for economic literature.

The same content could be described by different keywords. A controlled vocabulary serves to minimize this semantic ambiguity by grouping synonymous terms and defining preferred labels used for indexing. This way, it ensures consistency in the storage of the literature in a database and facilitates uniform access to documents that pertain to similar subject matter. Complementary to the JEL classification codes which allow for a disciplinary classification of a paper, a thesaurus aids a more fine-grained and poly-dimensional description of a document.

Developed in the mid-1990s and since then constantly updated according to the current terminology usage in the latest international economic research literature, the STW Thesaurus for Economics covers all sub-fields both in the economics as well as in business economics and business practice. To select subject headings from the STW, an autosuggest service is available.

You may also download STW Thesaurus for Economics here. To stay updated about any news concerning STW please register at stw-announce. To ask questions and to get in contact with other STW users please register at stw-user.

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RePEc in June 2015

July 5, 2015

Last month saw a surge in newly participating RePEc archives. We have welcomed: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, International Scientific Publications, European Center for Science Education and Research, Risk Market Journals, Banco Central del Uruguay, “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University Bucharest, University of Tampere, University of Bath (II), St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, International Journal of Transport Economics, Fabrizio Serra Editore. We also counted 430,267 file downloads and 2,529,308 abstract views from the RePEc services that provide such statistics: EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP and Socionet. Keep in mind that other services use RePEc data without providing statistics.

And now to a few milestones we have reached over the last month:
4000000 cumulative book downloads
1800000 items listed
700000 articles with abstracts
500000 cumulative book downloads
2000 Twitter followers for NEP feeds