RePEc in March 2019

April 4, 2019

What is new at RePEc? First, we welcomed the following new archives: Prizren Social Science Journal, Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Revista Universitara de Sociologie, Bulgarian Association for Management Development and Entrepreneurship (BAMDE), ISE Research Institute, Istanbul University Press. Second, we counted 538,251 downloads and 2,200,616 abstract views. Finally, here is our traditional milestone report:

15,000 followers on Twitter for the NEP reports
12,000 distinct items mentioned in blog posts on EconAcademics.org


RePEc to take over Google Scholar

April 1, 2019

RePEc is proud to announce that it will soon take over the management of Google Scholar. Indeed, Google is dropping Google Scholar from its portfolio of web services following its yearly Spring cleaning exercise. While Google Scholar is using relatively few resources, it is not bringing any revenue and there is no expectation that it ever will. This situation is not much different from RePEc, which has no revenue either and has learned to work efficiently with volunteer resources and some sponsored hardware. For a company that is accountable to shareholders, Google and its parent Alphabet find it more and more difficult to justify giving away resources. However, this is at the core of the mission of RePEc, bringing free bibliographic resources to the academic community.

While RePEc has a lot of experience, after all it is older than Google, the take over is not without challenges. Indeed, RePEc has concentrated on Economics while Google Scholar expanded into all sciences. Thus the amount of data is much larger. Initially, services will continue to run on Google hardware before eventually moving to be independent from their birth parent. As usual, RePEc will rely on volunteers and is now appealing for them to come forward. Talent is needed in system administration, programming, UX, and brain storming. Experience in the academic publishing industry or academia a plus, especially in marine biology. Motivated candidates are asked to make themselves known by email.