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.


Joachim Winter takes Responsibility for MPRA

October 23, 2015

The Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA) has been started nine years ago by me, Ekkehart Schlicht, to support the function of the Econ Working Paper Archive that went out of operation at the time. I have continued to supervise the archive after my retirement but decided to hand the duty over to someone else. It is a great fortune that one of my younger colleagues at our department, Joachim Winter, was prepared to help.


The outgoing editor of MPRA, Ekkehart Schlicht, and the new editor, Joachim Winter

Joachim holds the Chair of Empirical Economic Research at the Department of Economics at the LMU University of Munich. In spite of his many other commitments, he decided to take care of MPRA. I am very happy about that.

MPRA provides the possibility for economists worldwide to make their research available through all services of the RePEc network even if they are not affiliated with an institution that runs an institutional RePEc archive. Because MPRA does not remove contributions from the archive, they remain publicly available for the future, even in those cases where the final version appears in a gated journal.

MPRA would not be possible with the continuous support by the University Library and its director Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger, and by Volker Schallehn who works at the library and is responsible for the electronic media there. I thank them very much for all they have done for MPRA in the past, and for their preparedness to support MPRA in the future.

RePec-3bEkkehart Schlicht, Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger, Joachim Winter, and Volker Schallehn

And, last but not least, I thank the editors of MPRA. Their voluntary and continuous support keeps the archive running incredibly smoothly. I have joined their ranks and will help with German and English submissions in the future.

All my best wishes to all of you!


RePEc in June 2012

July 3, 2012

First off: RePEc is now 15 years old. It was launched at a meeting in Guildford (UK) where Thomas Krichel exposed his idea to a group of people who were already doing some indexing of working papers. Soon thereafter, they started providing the relevant bibliographic metadata in the relevant format and RePEc services could use them. Thomas Krichel had previously been running various initiatives to improve the dissemination of working papers, all the way back to 1991.

Speaking of volunteer personnel, Kyle Fluegge stepped down as NEP editor. His successor is Laura Stefanescu, who is now in charge of creating the weekly list of new working papers submitted to NEP editors, who can then select those relevant to their field.

During June 2012, we counted 520,118 file downloads and 2,010,606 abstract views. We also welcomed the following new participating archives: : HERMIN, Società editrice il Mulino, Catalactica NGO, Bangor University, Missouri Valley Economic Association, Université Bordeaux 4, University of New South Wales (III), Japan Ministry of Finance, Rockwool Foundation, University of South Bohemia, Babes-Bolyai University.

Finally, the following thresholds were reached during the past month:
400000 working papers available online
100000 articles with references
15000 book chapters available online
1500 indexed journals
500 blogs linked on with discussions about RePEc material