A look back at RePEc in 2021

It was another busy year at RePEc. We are happy to see that the general trend of increasing traffic is continuing, at least for those RePEc services that report back usage data. We counted 6,478,790 downloads, almost exactly the same as last year, and 36,258,653 abstract views, a 3.8% increase over last year and a new record year. The participating RePEc archives added 439,000 research items, including 123,000 working papers and 303,000 journal articles. This was in part fueled by 63 new archives, which are now located in 103 countries. The RePEc Author Service has gained 2,514 registered authors.

We are happy to see that there is still potential for growth, despite the fact that all major publishers and research institutions are already participating in RePEc. One would think that having 9688 indexed journals would cover the field, but no, another 369 were added in 2021, and 134 working papers series, too. This bodes well for the next year and we hope to present more features that can be useful to the economics profession.

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