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.


Why authors should have an account with RePEc

March 27, 2019

Among the many services that RePEc provide, the RePEc Author Service (RAS) holds a special place. Indeed, this services provides multiple utilities for the authors, the other RePEc services, the general user community, and beyond. This blog post goes through some of these utilities.

Author identification

RAS is pretty much the first service in the scientific community at large that has been providing since 1999 self-serve author identification. Once an author is registered, a RePEc Short-ID is created. This unique and permanent code is then used throughout RePEc services as well as by others (for example, Wikipedia, WikiData) to uniquely identify authors.

Author disambiguation

When authors register, they claim as theirs the works that are suggested by RePEc. This function is important as the author name listed on a particular work may be shared by several people, especially if only the initial of the first name is provided. Even with a full first name, there are many homonyms in the profession, see a list of examples here.

Author profile

Thanks to author registrations, RePEc has information about the name, affiliation and work of authors. This information is used by the various RePEc services to create author profiles that allow to link people, institutions, and works with each other. This provides users more options when they are browsing through the bibliographic databases that are the core of RePEc.

Notifications

Registered authors are notified every month about newly found citations, along with various statistics about the visibility of their works. Users can also receive news about their favorite authors: MyIDEAS allows to to follow additions to authors’ profiles, among other things.

OpenID credentials

The credentials that authors have with RAS can be leveraged elsewhere thanks to the OpenID protocol. This is in particular used by other RePEc services wherever a login is required. For example, this is used by MyIDEAS for the user-specific services it provides, by CitEC for the submission of references, or by the RePEc Genealogy to crowd-source its content.

Author and institution rankings

All the data is collected (author profiles, affiliations, citations and more) are used to compute various rankings that have become quite popular. Of course, this means that authors need to keep their profiles current with any work additions and affiliation changes.

And more

Author data is used for determining co-authorship networks (CollEc project), create an academic genealogy tree for economics (RePEc Genealogy), as well as for research on the economics profession (works using RePEc data).

You can can help further

The vast majority of the data gathered in all of the above is supplied by authors and publishers. All activity is logged and reviewed. But mistakes can happen, and the RAS administrator welcomes emails with correction suggestions. In additions, authors with whom RAS has lost contact (listing) need to enter their new email address so that they can continue receiving their suggestions for newly discovered works. Note that those authors do not count towards institution and regional rankings, as having an expired email addresses indicates that the person has moved or died. In both cases, the RAS administrator welcomes notification of the new address or death. The maintenance of the profiles of deceased authors is taken over by an administrator (listing).


RePEc in February 2019

March 4, 2019

February was a short but active month. We welcomed the following new archives: Humanity Only, Universidad de Cuenca, IntechOpen, Fundacja Upowszechniająca Wiedzę i Naukę “Cognitione”, Centraal Planbureau (Netherlands), Università Cattolica “Nostra Signora del Buon Consiglio” (Albania), New Zealand Centre for Macroeconomics, Ural State University of Economics, Bingöl University, HEC Montréal (II). We counted 442,943 file downloads and 1,814,905 abstract views from participating services. And we passed the following milestones:

800,000 book downloads
750,000 working papers available for download
400,000 working papers disseminated through NEP
50,000 book chapters available for download
40,000 books indexed
12,000 items mentioned in blogs and captured on EconAcademics.org


RePEc in January 2019

February 4, 2019

New features of the month: RePEc economists who registered their Twitter handle with RePEc are now automatically added to field and country specific Twitter lists. See this RePEc Blog post for details. And we have a new NEP report: NEP-WAR (War and Peace). We also welcomed a few more archives: Development Bank of Nigeria, Economic and Financial innovation (Ukraine), Érudite, Zibeline International, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Universidade de Lisboa, Latin American Real Estate Society. We counted 436,706 file downloads and 1,717,925 abstract views. Finally, we reached the following milestones:

7,000,000 paper downloads through NEP
2,800,000 listed items
600,000 articles with extracted references
500 first NEP report to reach 500 Twitter followers


What RePEc offers to Twitter users

January 31, 2019

Twitter is a social media forum that facilitates discussions on all sorts of topics, including economics. Within this large universe, it may be difficult for economists to find who to follow and who to converse with. Indeed, some very interesting conversation do take place, and contrarily to popular opinion, Twitter can be a very civil and professional environment.

To help with this, RePEc has taken various initiatives:


  1. All NEP reports, which disseminate new working papers in about 100 fields of economics, are available through email, RSS and Twitter. Visit the NEP homepage for a listing, or if you just want the Twitter accounts, see a compilation here.
  2. RePEc provides directories of economists on Twitter. These directories are assembled by country and by field (following the NEP model). In addition, there is a directory of female economists, and several for different types of institutions (like central banks or liberal arts colleges). The big directory is available here, to see the others click on the “more listings” tab. Another tab explains how to get listed.
  3. All members of the above directories with public Twitter accounts are also automatically members of the corresponding Twitter lists. This allows to easily follow the activity of the economists in a particular country or field. The Twitter lists are linked above each of the directories.
  4. IDEAS allows easily quoting on Twitter. If you click on the Twitter icon on any abstract page, this creates a Twitter post with the title of the paper and an image containing its abstract. When discussing research on Twitter, it is generally a good idea to link to a RePEc page instead of directly to the publisher. In case the reader cannot access this document, RePEc may offer alternatives. See this RePEc Blog post for more details.
  5. Finally, RePEc has a few Twitter accounts of its own, RePEc_org and repecCitEc.


RePEc in 2018: A Year in Review

January 3, 2019

In its 22nd year of operation, RePEc is still growing healthily. Almost a quarter million new research items have been added in the course of the year, and we should be surpassing 3 millions sometime in 2019. In part, this growth was made possible thanks to newly participating archives, 61 of them, putting us over 2000 RePEc archives. We collect traffic statistics from four RePEc services, EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP and Socionet. They reported for the year 104,603,252 full-text downloads and 420,281,818 abstract views (after considerable vetting, well over 90% of traffic is from robots). This is not counting all the other services using the data made available by RePEc. And RePEc has also performed various upgrades to its services:


  • IDEAS and EDIRC have being completely redesigned.
  • MyIDEAS now has the ability to send weekly email digests for what users track.
  • Rankings saw various additions, principally those tracking only the last 10 years of publication and the 10 best authors per institution.
  • CitEc has improved citation extraction and increased its scope.
  • Various behind the scenes improvement, in particular for NEP.

There is much more to come in 2019. Watch out for news, or even better, participate as a volunteer!