IDEAS inaugurates new design

February 15, 2018

The IDEAS website just went live with a new design. The new layout is configured to keep the functionalities of the website while making it more intuitive for the casual user, and more pleasing to the eye. It also come with a new search engine (now with sorting by citations) and a few new features, the major one being that MyIDEAS now has the option to send weekly digests by email so that users can keep current about the keywords, authors, serials and JEL codes they follow. We hope users will find this site to be an improvement, and comments and suggestions are welcome. Known issues are tracked here. And the site sports a new logo: IDEAS logo

PS: The directory of economics institutions, EDIRC, has undergone a similar layout change.

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RePEc in January 2018

February 6, 2018

The RePEc team has been very busy, and we expect to show you soon what is being done. In the meanwhile, we have recorded the arrival of these now RePEc archives: KarmaQuest, Universidad de Chile, Swansea University, West African Monetary Institute. We recorded 476,996 file downloads and 1,677,773 abstract views during the last month. And we reached the following milestones:

400,000,000 cumulative abstract views
1,600,000 articles available online
1,000,000 cited items
50,000 indexed book chapters
14,000 institutions indexed in EDIRC


2017 at RePEc: A year in review

January 4, 2018

2017 was a special year for RePEc for two major reasons: First, we celebrate the 20 years of RePEc serving the economics community, second we held a rare meeting of the major volunteers involved in the project. This face-to-face meeting allowed to discussed quite a few issues and in particular has set the direction for the next years. We are preparing ourselves to be even more open about what we do so that more people can participate and help with the initiative. For example, we have opened our major internal mailing lists, we created a wiki, a GitHub account and a Twitter feed, and are encouraging a new generation to step up to make sure RePEc can be there for another 20 years. There is still a lot of work to document and open all we do. We hope those who a local for opportunities to volunteer watch over our shoulders and raise their hands when they feel they can contribute.

What else happened? Of course, we had a large number of new institutions and publishers joining RePEc, 70 of them. They helped in adding over 300,000 pieces of research indexed in RePEc. CitEc, our citation extraction project, processed over 120,000 documents, finding over 4 million references of which 1.6 million were matched with items in RePEc. We surpassed 2.5 millions indexed items, 50,000 registered authors, facilitated 6 million document downloads (only counting reporting RePEc services), and sent 4,000 NEP reports announcing over 40,000 new working papers. This is actually just skimming the services we provide to the profession, check the RePEc home page for all we do.


RePEc in December 2017

January 4, 2018

Last month was remarkable because a lot of new material was added to RePEc: over 44,000 items! This pushed the count to over 2.5 million items indexed in RePEc. A small part in this was the addition of new participating archives at Henan University and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants. We counted 443,555 file downloads and 1,588,665 abstract views in December 2017. Finally, we passed the following milestones during the month:

300,000,000 cumulative abstract views on IDEAS
2,500,000 indexed items
8,000,000 indexed working papers
80,000 NEP subscriptions through email


RePEc in November 2017

December 4, 2017

There is currently a lot happening in the background for RePEc. For example, a redesign of IDEAS is in the works, which could entail revisiting the old light bulb logo. User suggestions are most welcome! In addition, we continue building up on wiki. In more regular business, we welcomed the following new archives: Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Center for Sustainability Research and Consultancy, American Public Health Association. We counted 553,911 file downloads and 2,205,063 abstract views and passed the following milestones:

70,000,000 downloads through IDEAS
6,000,000 abstract views for books
1,600,000 listed articles
1,500,000 listed articles available online
900,000 items with extracted references
4,000 listed software components
4,000 listed software components available online


RePEc in October 2017

November 5, 2017

A group of RePEc volunteers met last month in St. Louis and discussed for two days all sorts of issues. Over the next months, users will notice changes resulting from that meeting. For starters, we have


  1. reworked the conditions for the use of RePEc data,
  2. opened up some of our internal mailing lists to allow others to participate in the discussions,
  3. created a wiki for RePEc,
  4. opened a GitHub account,
  5. have now an official Twitter account.

Speaking of Twitter, we have now listings of economists on Twitter by country. In more regular business, we have counted 567,065 file downloads and 1,920,977 abstract views and welcomed the following new archives: Bank of Korea, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Journal of Mechanism and Institutional Design, National Bank of Ukraine, Gebze Technical University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, and Universitas Gadjah Mada. As for the milestones we have reached, we have

2,400,000 listed items
4,000 books with extracted references
1,000 economists with linked Twitter account
125 topics on RePEc Biblio


St. Louis Fed hosted RePEc workshop

October 18, 2017

RePEc is volunteer-based, and those volunteers rarely meet. Yet, for the twentieth anniversary of the initiative, the St. Louis Fed sponsored a two-day workshop assembling most core-volunteers and some friends. The main topics of discussion were about contingency planning, both for hardware and people, modernizing our offerings, and recruiting a new generation of volunteers. The intensive meeting yielded some decisions that will become visible over the next months. In the meanwhile here is a group photo:

From left to right, standing: Christian Mongeau, Jose Manuel Barrueco Cruz, Bob Parks, Kit Baum, Jan Höffler.
Sitting: Douglas Hanley, Thomas Krichel, Areerat Kichkha, Soledad Signago, Mahdi Moqri, Christian Zimmermann.
Absent from picture: Genevieve Podleski, Dan Eubanks.
Participated remotely: Sune Karlsson, Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Volker Schallehn, Jan Weiland, Sergey Parinov.