Women economists on RePEc

March 7, 2022

On the occasion of the International Women’s Days on 8 March 2022, we take the opportunity to present all that RePEc is doing to highlight the work of female economists.

The first step is to identify them. When authors register with the RePEc Author Service, they are not asked for their gender. Hence, we need an additional step. This is performed based on the analysis of their names. We leverage NamSor, which uses an algorithm that includes guesses on the ethnicity to make more accurate gender attributions. Checks on the data revealed that this works well except for Chinese and Korean names, for which volunteers complement manually the assessments. Authors can also adjust their attribution from a link that is sent in their monthly email updates from RePEc.

The second step is to use the collected data. This page documents the proportion of females in the profession overall and by country, US state, research field and year of graduation. These statistics are updated every month. This page lists all the female economists who registered their Twitter handle with RePEc. This tool allows to identify female economists in some geographic areas and/or research fields, for example for a speaking in a research seminar. Finally, we have the ability to identify the best female economists, based on all their publications or on the last 10 years.

Use of this data is not limited to RePEc. It is available through the RePEc API and has already been leveraged for some research and has been presented numerous times in symposia.

RePEc in February 2022

March 7, 2022

New RePEc archives in February: Carleton College and Academic Publishing Group. We counted 432,263 file downloads and 1,649,255 abstract views. And finally, the milestones we reached:
8,000,000 cumulative book chapter abstract views
900,000 working paper with abstracts
64,000 registered authors
30,000 Covid-19 related research items

How RePEc publisher data gets disseminated

March 3, 2022

RePEc’s mission is about the dissemination of research in Economics. Publishers (commercial, non-profit, academic, or policy institutions) offer metadata about their publications and RePEc then “takes care of it.” How?

Basically, RePEc makes the data available, and then is it up on others to build user-facing services with that data. Some of those services collaborate with each other by enhancing the data and exchanging it among themselves. Those can be identified by being in the repec.org domain, like EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP, RePEc Author Service, etc. These in particular exchange usage data that allows to get a picture of how much RePEc data is used, through LogEc.

But there is more. RePEc data is leveraged by many other sites. While the resulting use and traffic is not reported, and we thus have no idea how much RePEc data is used there, these other sites are contributing to the research dissemination mission of RePEc. To take a few examples: Econlit and EBSCO use RePEc data for working papers, Google Scholar and ORCID got started with data dumps from RePEc. Some resort to scraping RePEc websites instead of using the original data (which is freely available), such as ResearchGate as well as a myriad of new sites targeted towards researchers.

In the end, this is what it is all about: a publisher indexes its publications in one spot, and from there it gets widely disseminated. This is what RePEc is all about.