Quality control committee: looking for volunteer

June 13, 2016

The RePEc community is looking for a volunteer to head a committee on quality control for journals admitted to be indexed in RePEc. Here is some background.

There is a growing number of journal-like outlets that pretend to be normal open access journals. But in reality, all they do is take authors’ money, and put the content up on a web site. They do no quality  control. They have no editorial board that does any work. In fact, many times people on the board do not even know that they are on it.

Traditionally, RePEc has not done any quality control prior to listing additional journals. We believe that quality can best be assessed by users of the RePEc dataset. However, we have been criticized for helping these deceitful outlets gain a mantle of respectability through their RePEc listing. Therefore we take this step forward. We expect quality control also to be an issue with toll-gated journals.

The volunteer we are looking for will determine the exact name of the committee and its remit. (S)he would recruit a few committee members. (S)he would run the mailing list and maintain some web pages for the committee. RePEc can provide both. Anybody who is interested in this work should contact repec@repec.org.

We expect that this will not be a lot of work. We are sure that this as a duty that any academic can itemize as a professional service on their CV.

RePEc Author Service getting upgraded

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.

Server downtime on Saturday May 2, 2015

May 1, 2015

The RePEc services based at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will not be accessible starting around 7am CST (12:00 GMT) to perform necessary maintenance. This pertains to the RePEc Author Service, IDEAS, EDIRC, RePEc Genealogy, RePEc Biblio, RePEc Input Service, RePEc Plagiarism Committee, EconAcademics and QM&RBC. All other RePEc services will be available as usual.

Updates will be provided on this blog.

7:08 am CDT: web servers are offline as scheduled

7:55 am CDT: web servers are back up

RePEc at ASSA 2013 in San Diego

November 28, 2012

After three years, RePEc will again be present in the exhibitors hall of the Allied Social Sciences Associations (ASSA) meeting in San Diego 4-6 January 2013. While in Atlanta we had an isolated booth in the back with just a table and some simple printouts as backdrop, this time the booth will be more appealing to visitors. Indeed, RePEc will be part of the double booth of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (booths 315 and 317). The St. Louis Fed is there to promote its publications and its powerful database and graphing facility for economic data, FRED. The RePEc corner will be available to answer questions from users, provide demonstrations of RePEc features and welcome feedback. And there may be a gift for visitors…

Statistics delay

January 1, 2010

The December 2009 statistics, as well as a look back at 2009, will be posted a few days late, as we are attending the ASSA meeting in Atlanta. Stop by at our booth in the exhibitors hall to say hello and discuss about RePEc.

NB: the monthly emails to authors, editors and series maintainers will also be delayed by a few days.

Delay for RePEc statistics

December 3, 2009

Due to electrical work at the computer center of Orebrö University where the Econpapers and LogEc web sites are hosted, there will be a delay in computation and display of monthly RePEc traffic statistics. As a consequence, the monthly mailing to registered authors, to editors and the RePEc archive and series maintainers will be delayed a few days as well. The web sites will continue to be in operation as a static copy will be hosted for a few days elsewhere.

Service downtime on Saturday

May 16, 2009

The following RePEc services will not be available Saturday morning (US East Coast time) due to power upgrades at the University of Connecticut server room:

Update: All services but the RePEc Author Service are up. The latter has issues with a software update that was also operated.
Update 2: All services now seem to to be fully operational. Please report any problems.

EconPapers and LogEc down

July 27, 2008

Two RePEc services, EconPapers and LogEc, are down since late Saturday or early Sunday. This post will provide updates on the situation.

EconPapers provides a browsable and searchable database of bibliographic entries from RePEc. IDEAS provides a similar service and can be used in the meanwhile. LogEc provides usage statistics for the listed works. The statistics will not be affected due to the downtime.

Update (Tuesday): Both services are running again, on a different machine. The same URLs are valid, but DNS servers will take a little while to understand the change of location.

Update (Friday): Both services are now running again on the original machine, which suffered a power supply problem.

Contacting RePEc: update

April 28, 2008

Following reconfiguration of RePEc’s email services, we now have reinstated the address repec at repec.org. Please use that address to contact the RePEc team.

RePEc Author Service is down

January 18, 2008

The RePEc Author Service is down at the time of this writing. IT personel from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut is currently looking into the issue.

Update (Friday 18:00 EST): The service is back up, after an interruption of about 18 hours. It should be fully functional. Please do not hesitate to report any issues. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Update 2 (Saturday 7:00 EST): The server went down again, and will not be back up before Monday.

Update 3 (Monday 19:00 EST): The server is still down. When it is back up, we will keep it offline to investigate the problem.

Update 4 (Thursday 18:00 EST): The machine is running (for the moment…) but we are still keeping it offline to work on it.

Update 5 (Tuesday 10:00 EST): All tests have been passed successfully, we are progessively reestablishing all services.

Update 6 (Tuesday 14:00 EST): Everything is looking good so far, expect the service to be available tomorrow if tests continue to look positive.

Update 7 (Wednesday 14:00 EST): The RePec Author Service is back online. Please report anything unusual. It is to be expected that some data is out of date, in particular citation data. Sorry for the inconvenience, and let us hope everything works fine now that the service is live.