CitEc API

February 11, 2016

The CitEc project has launched an Application Programming Interface (API) to enable external applications to query the CitEc database and obtain citation data through a simple web interface. It allows to retrieve three different types of data for each document: plain, AMF (Academic Metadata Format) and citedby.

  1. Plain XML data about cites of a single document. This data should be processed by the API client before be presented to the user.
  2. AMF metadata for cites and references (if available) for the document. The XML response is an AMF record. More details about the AMF schema is available at: http://amf.openlib.org/doc/ebisu.html.
  3. Citedby shows the cites for the document. By default, the XML output is transformed through an XSLT style sheet to generate an human readable page.

The CitEc API is addressed mainly to:

  • Institutions providing data to RePEc (RePEc archives). The API could be used to insert in their web pages the number of citations of each document.
  • Researchers who want to use CitEc data in their bibliometric research. It provides an easy way to get basic data about documents and citations. Note that such researchers also could ask us to provide the data in the customized format they need in order to reduce even more the processing time.

Look at http://citec.repec.org/api.html for more information and examples.

Note that beyond CitEc, IDEAS provides also an API for other parts of the RePEc database.

Enjoy!

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RePEc in January 2016

February 4, 2016

The new year is off to a good start: RePEc now indexes over 2 million works. Well at least according to IDEAS, which is more lenient with metadata errors than EconPapers, that will very soon get there. Also, we have launched a directory of economists on Twitter. Submissions are invited by tweeting one’s RePEc Short-ID to @RePEc_signup. Also, CitEc went through a site redesign. We welcomed the State Bank of Pakistan and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences as new RePEc participants. Finally, we counted 416,866 file downloads and 1,848,801 abstract views in the last month.

And here are the milestones we reached:

2000000 items indexed in RePEc
1400000 items indexed with an abstract
100000 NEP tweets