How to get your work listed on RePEc

March 4, 2021

RePEc has grown to a huge bibliographic database of Economics, now with over 3.4 million works listed. How has all this been indexed. More importantly, how can you get your research output listed on the popular RePEc sites and dissemination services? There are fundamentally two ways: through your institution or individually.

The institutional way

Any institution or publisher (academic, policy org., think tank, commercial, etc.) can open a so-called RePEc archive that contains information about their publications and links to where they can be found. This is in the form of plain text files that are hosted on the institution’s public site (ftp, http or https) and are regularly queried by RePEc services. These files need to follow a specific structure and syntax to be machine-readable. There are currently over 2000 such archives, and they all followed the same instructions. Note that there are some aggregators that follow different rules but forward their data to RePEc: S-WoPEc and S-WoBA in Scandinavia, Dotec in Colombia, EconStor in Germany, HAL in France, Cyberleninka in Russia, and AgEcon Search for Agricultural Economics.

We have a few RePEc archives that lie dormant, usually because the person in charge left without providing instructions. If this is the case for yours, there is help. Start with these instructions.

Note also that if you expect your work to be listed in an existing archive, but it is not, EconPapers and IDEAS list a technical contact for the particular series or journal who should be able to take care of corrections.

The individual way

The vast majority (97.8%) of the RePEc material is indexed by institutions. But for the economists working at a place that does not participate, there are several options that all require that you upload your paper. There is typically also a cursory editorial review conducted by each service, checking that the input data is correct, that the work is indeed academic and within topic, and that they is no copyright issues. Note that the uploaded work does not necessarily need to be recent. It can complement an article that is under fee-gated access or not indexed in RePEc at all. Note also that what you upload will always be considered as a working paper. Only the journal publisher can index articles in RePEc.

Here are services that accept uploads and will index in RePEc if appropriate. They are listed in the order of the number of indexed papers.

  1. Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA), sponsored by the Library of the University of Munich (Germany). If your paper is not in English, French or German, this is your only option.
  2. HAL caters to French researchers. Economics content is relayed to RePEc
  3. ArXiv has sections for a few economic fields. Attention should be paid to the submission process.
  4. The Open Science Foundation has a pre-print services and several topical archives (in particular SocArXiv). Works within economics are indexed in RePEc.
  5. EconStor, sponsored by the German Library for Economics (ZBW) accepts also papers in German.

RePEc in January 2021

February 11, 2021

2021 is off to a good start. In January, we welcomed the following new RePEc archives: Universidad Anáhuac México, Centre de Sciences Humaines (Delhi), Russian Research Institute of Economics, Politics and Law in Science and Technology, Review of Socio-Economic Perspectives, Shiv Nadar University, IEPS Brasil, Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management. We counted 559,683 file downloads and 3,121,954 abstract views. We reached no significant milestone, though.


How to find related material on RePEc

February 4, 2021

Suppose that you found a great paper. You want to learn more about this topic. How do you go about finding the right works? This post is to give you the right tools of that. First on IDEAS, then on EconPapers.

IDEAS example

Example abstract page from the IDEAS website.

IDEAS abstract pages have a lot of useful information. Not all pages have the same kind of information, it all depends on what was supplied by the publishers, authors, or RePEc services like CitEc, the citation extraction projects. Here we want to use the example above, which is close to the ideal.

IDEAS pages all have tables that allow to show different facets of the information. In the picture above, the “Author and abstract” tab is open. This can already help in finding more about this topic. Indeed, both authors are registered with RePEc, thus they have public profiles that show all their works indexed in RePEc. You may find something of interest there.

The next tab of interest the “References” and “Citations” tabs. The numbers next to each indicate the number of research works listed in each tab. The paper that got you interested is citing some other works that are also found in RePEc, and IDEAS helps you find them. Other works cited your paper, and you can discover them here. That should give you quite a bit of material to pour over.

In some cases, that may be much work, like in this case that was cited a lot. The next tab, “Most related“, is here to help you. This shows the works that were most frequently cited jointly with the item you are starting with. The list is limited to the top 20, hence the moniker “most related.”

The “related works & more” tab highlights some other ways to find related works, such as links to works having the same JEL codes or searches over the same keywords. Some other links may also appear in this tab.

EconPapers offers much of the same information, but on a single pages in a more condensed form through links to authors profiles, citations and references.


RePEc in December 2020 and a look back at 2020

January 6, 2021

We finished the year by adding a simple new tool that allows to select an economists according to several criteria, for example to find a seminar speaker. We counted 540,369 file downloads and 3,223,421 abstract views and welcomed the following new RePEc archives: Malopolska School of Economics, Russian Foreign Trade Academy, George Mason University.

Now regarding the year as a whole, 2020 was despite the circumstances a very satisfactory year. We counted the most abstract views ever over the span of a year, we surpassed 1 million indexed working papers, our citation analysis project made great strides, we added about 375,000 works to the index, about 3,500 authors registered, and 62 new RePEc archives started indexed their material. CollEc, the co-author network project, got a complete overhaul.

We are very encouraged by this increase in traffic. Over several year years, we have seen a decrease in traffic to the RePEc sites that report these numbers. Note that there has been also an increasing number of other sites that leverage RePEc data, but do not report such numbers. This made it difficult to evaluate how well we are doing overall. The new record *measured* traffic is a very positive signal.

Of course, this was also a special year because of the pandemic. This gave rise to a flood of papers about Covid-19, about 9000 to date in RePEc. The circumstances also called for the creation of an Economics Virtual Seminar Calendar that disseminated over 750 seminars.


RePEc now helps you find a seminar speaker

December 31, 2020

RePEc inaugurates just in time for New Year’s resolutions a new tool that allows to find seminar speakers. Current criteria are 1) field of research, 2) location, 3) gender, 4) seniority. This tool should help seminar organizers identify speakers that they may not have thought of. The same tool could also be used to identify peer reviewers, organize workshops, or find co-authors.

We are open to suggestions on how to improve this tool. It relies on information contained in RePEc, foremost the fact that an author is registered with the RePEc Author Service (and has current affiliation or publication information).

Note that seminar organizers (and speakers) can disseminate their virtual events through the Economics Virtual Seminar Calendar, which is available as web pages or through weekly email alerts with MyIDEAS. In 2020, over 750 seminars were announced that way.


RePEc in September 2020

October 7, 2020

The highlight of the month is that we reached 60,000 registered authors. One way to view how remarkable this is: it is a multiple of the combined memberships of the three largest associations of economists. We also welcomed a good crop of new contributing RePEc archives: University of Kansas(II), Labour Institute for Economic Research (Finland), New School of Social Research(II), Universidad Nacional de La Plata, UC Louvain (II), Central European Journal of Labour Law and Personnel Management, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Centre for Advanced Studies in Education Sciences(Romania), Birmingham City University. We counted 509,975 file downloads and 2,749,902 abstract views over the last month. Finally, we reached the following milestones:

1,000,000 cumulative book downloads
750,000 articles with extracted references
60,000 registered authors
14,000 economists listed in the RePEc Genealogy
500 seminars listed in the Economics Virtual Seminar Calendar


RePEc in 2019

January 4, 2020

2019 has been an interesting year. Indeed, while traffic has been on a long decline for the set of reporting RePEc services, there has been a major turnaround in 2019. For those services, we counted 5,821,298 full text downloads and 28,629,161 abstract views, numbers that are the highest since 2017 and 2013 respectively. We will see whether this trend will continue in 2020. A contributing factor may be the continuous improvements of the websites that drive most of this traffic. This blog will talk over the next year about how RePEc services distinguish themselves from other more generic services and thus are particularly useful for economists and the general public interested in economics.

Of course, this growth of traffic was likely also fuelled by an increase in content indexed by RePEc. We can highlight the following numbers:
87 new RePEc archives,
66,000 new working papers, with 200 new working paper series,
167,000 new journal articles, with 400 new journals,
for a total of almost a quarter million newly indexed works,
2,600 newly registered authors,
and 3,200 NEP reports.

Looking forward to 2020!


RePEc in April 2019

May 6, 2019

Over the last month, we counted 524,763 file downloads and 2,268,259 abstract views. We welcomed a diverse Ashoka University, Institute of Financial Studies (Romania), Center for Crisis Society Studies, Gakushuin University, Small Business International Review, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, Canadian Tax Foundation, Global Regional Review. And in terms of milestones we reached:

1,500,000 items claimed by authors in their profiles
500 authors listed as deceased, sadly


RePEc in September 2018

October 4, 2018

Last month, we welcomed the following new participating archives: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, European Microfinance Network, Bank Indonesia, Mendel University Press, Bangor University, Economic History Society. We counted 382,881 file downloads and 1,549,190 abstract views through EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP, and Socionet. And we reached the following milestones:

5,000,000 cumulative abstract views for book chapters
2,000,000 items with abstracts
12,500 Twitter followers for NEP reports


RePEc in May 2018

June 6, 2018

The big news are that we have now extracted references from 1 million works and that we welcomed the 2000th RePEc archive. For a complete list of archives, see here. Last month we welcomed the following ones: University of Bern (II), Baltija Publishing, Journal of Academic Finance, Journal of Behavioral Public Administration. We counted 469,422 file downloads and 1,791,209 abstract views.

And here is the list of milestones for the month:

2,400,000 works available online
1,000,000 works with extracted references
50,000 indexed book chapters
2,000 participating archives