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


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!


RePEc in December 2018

January 3, 2019

RePEc saw good traffic for a month of December, with 402,760 file downloads and 2,055,763 abstract views. We welcomed a few new archives: University of Cambridge (V), Indian Institute for Geo Economic Studies, University of Warwick (II), Better Advances Press, Red Investigadores de Economía, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Global Social Sciences Review (GSSR). And we reached the following milestones:

1,200,000 new paper announcements through NEP
100,000 user-contributed changes to the RePEc Genealogy


RePEc in November 2018

December 4, 2018

Last month, we counted 497,856 file downloads and 2,031,700 abstract views on reporting RePEc services. We weclomed a good bunch of new RePEc archives: Financial Research Institute (Moscow), Budapest Business School, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Athens Institute for Education and Research, African Finance and Economic Association, Institut national d’études démographiques (INED), Red Investigadores de Economía (Colombia). We also added a small feature that allows to correct how we infer their gender. This can be found on the ranking analysis link they get in their monthly email. And finally we reached one milestone:

700,000 cited articles


RePEc in October 2018

November 8, 2018

This was a busy month at RePEc. Not because of new archives, because just two new ones joined: Revista Lumina and Universitas Islam Indonesia. However, a lot of material was added and we enjoyed good growth in traffic, with 496,854 file downloads and 1,885,141 abstract views from reporting RePEc services. A minor innovation, female economists are now identified from their names with NamSor. And we passed the following milestones in October:

1,800,000 indexed journal articles
25,000 books available online


How to make sense of the RePEc alphabet soup

September 29, 2018

RePEc is a uniquely organized initiative that brings with it an alphabet soup that confuses a lot of people, and we cannot blame them. Is a paper listed on IDEAS or RePEc? How is NEP different from RePEc? What is the difference between IDEAS and EconPapers? Etc.

For starters, RePEc (Research Papers in Economics, hence the capitalization) is a way to organize the data about publications of all sorts in Economics, and make all that available. Note that there is no central database, as every contributing publishers makes the data available on its own website following the rules set by RePEc. Beyond those rules, RePEc only maintains the list of pointers to where the publishers have put their RePEc archives.

Then, basically anybody can come and use that data. Some have decided to do that more formally and have their service listed in the repec.org domain. Examples would be EconPapers, IDEAS, and NEP. Others prefer not to or integrate the data in a larger scheme that spans more fields. Examples are Econlit, WorldCat, EBSCO, Google Scholar or ResearchGate. A third type of service uses part of RePEc data to enhance it and feed it back to RePEc. Examples for that are CitEc, EDIRC, and the RePEc Author Service. For a full list of the RePEc services that we know of, see the RePEc site.

Thus, RePEc is the basis for these services, to varying degrees, but they are independently run and RePEc has no say how they should be run. In fact, RePEc is not even a formal organization. Thus IDEAS is using RePEc data just as EconPapers is using RePEc data, but they are in no way directed by RePEc. And, the big difference between IDEAS and EconPapers is that they were initiated by different people. In the spirit of healthy competition, use the one you prefer.


RePEc in August 2018

September 5, 2018

New for users of RePEc data: A R package to leverage the RePEc API is now available in CRAN. A first of sorts is that we welcomed just one new RePEc archive, Knowledge Press. We counted 323,544 file downloads and 1,450,521 abstract views through EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP, and Socionet. And we hit the following milestones last month:
2,500,000 works available online
1,200,000 article abstracts