January 7, 2016
The year ended on a calm note, as usual. Still we added a few participating institutions: Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research, Associazione Italiana per la Storia dell’Economia Politica, University of Essex (III), International University College of Turin, International Conference on Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Academy of Municipal Administration. For the RePEc services that participate in the statistics, we counted 416,271 file downloads and 2,093,294 abstract views in December 2015. Finally, NEP has a new report, NEP-PAY (Payment Systems and Financial Technologies). Over the past month, we reached the following milestones:
1800000 listed items available online
1200000 listed articles
700000 listed working papers
600000 listed working papers available online
7000 ranked institutions
Now looking back at 2015: close to 190,000 items were added, in part through the addition of 77 new participating archives. RePEc is now covering, among others, 240 more working paper series and 260 more journals. Several services are running on new hardware, in particular EconPapers and the RePEc Author Service. We have introduced an API. CitEc now offers citation alerts by economists. The RePEc Biblio accepts user suggestions. We counted 5,765,579 downloads and 23,781,746 abstract views over the past year.
December 30, 2015
The RePEc Author Service is currently unavailable due to scheduled downtime. We are moving it to new hardware. The process should not take more than a few hours. Updates will be provided here.
Update: The service is back online. If you notice something amiss, please notify the administrator at this email address.
December 3, 2015
Last month, we reached a major milestone: The RePEc Genealogy, the academic family tree of economists, has over 10,000 people indexed. This has been achieved with the help of almost 2,500 contributors who logged into the wiki feature of the site. We also welcomed the following institutions with new archives: Heriot-Watt University (II), NISEA, EPFL (II), European Stability Mechanism, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Finally, we counted 528,705 file downloads and 1,969,597 abstract views over the month.
Other milestones we reached:
70,000,000 cumulative abstract views on EconPapers
750,000 indexed items have been cited
750,000 articles with abstracts
300,000 articles with references
25,000 indexed books
10,000 economists on RePEc Genealogy
November 24, 2015
Whether you are building a web page, writing a blog post, posting on Facebook or tweeting, as an economist engaged in discussing research on the field, you have to cite relevant sources. To do so, one is tempted to link directly to where said research is to be found: on a personal homepage, on a publisher’s website, or to the pdf file in a working paper series. I want to argue that this is not the best tactic. It is better to link to the abstract page for these research pieces on IDEAS or EconPapers. Why?
- RePEc links are stable. Homepages disappear, publishers and institutions reorganize their websites, but RePEc services have committed to never change their URLs, as they are formed from persistent identifiers. And on the rare occasion that those change, IDEAS and EconPapers offer suggestions on the 404 page where to find the paper.
- RePEc shows other versions. The reader may not be able to read the particular version of the paper that is linked to a gated website. RePEc services often offer alternative versions of the article such as a freely available working paper.
- RePEc provides related literature. The abstract page offers links to referred and cited works, to author profiles, and other related material.
- RePEc rewards linked authors. Getting cited on the Internet, even if it is with a popular blogger or a major newspaper, does not offer any quantifiable rewards to the authors. With a RePEc link, though, hits and downloads will counts towards authors rankings. Authors will be grateful for that.
NB: Linking to the URLs disseminated by NEP is fine, too, although only the last point is valid in that case.
PS: For blogs, the posts linking to RePEc abstract pages will be featured on EconAcademics.
November 4, 2015
We are welcoming fresh blood in the RePEc team, with Joachim Winter taking over the reigns of MPRA from Ekkehart Schlicht.
We have welcomed the following newly participating archives: Effectus University College, Liechtenstein-Institut, Council on Economic Priorities, Academic Research Publishing Group, South African Reserve Bank. We have also counted 519,872 file downloads and 2,303,472 abstract views. Which brings us to several milestones we have surpassed in the last month:
20’000’000 captured references
1’000’000 items indexed in RePEc
500 RePEc-wide h-index (over 500 items with over 500 citations each)
300 listed book series
October 3, 2015
What is new in RePEc? We have now an API, which should allow to disseminated even more widely the research listed in RePEc. We have now over 7000 series and journals listed with us. And we have welcomed the following new archives: California Polytechnic State University, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, LAR Center Press, Eastern European Business and Economics Studies Centre, Université de Genève (II), Groupe ESC Pau, Groupe Revue Banque. For the RePEc services that provide traffic statistics (EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP, Socionet), we counted 437,101 file downloads and 1,882,827 abstract views.
As to the milestones we reached in the past month, we can report:
1000000 cumulative book chapter downloads
75000 changes made by users to the RePEc Genealogy
45000 registered authors
7000 journals and series
700 economics blogs indexed on EconAcademics
September 28, 2015
RePEc is all about the dissemination of its metadata on the economics research literature, and another means of dissemination has been added to its portfolio: an API (Application Programming Interface). This allows applications to interact directly with the content of RePEc without having to go through the sometimes tedious steps involved in collecting data from a decentralized database, which RePEc is.
As we have yet to learn how much demand there is and how it will load our servers, the use of the API is restricted at this point. We want to encourage data user to first use the traditional method to gather RePEc data, as described in this document, before applying for an API user code. Note that functionalities are getting added to the API as users demand, thus not everything is possible at this point.