RePEc in January 2018

February 6, 2018

The RePEc team has been very busy, and we expect to show you soon what is being done. In the meanwhile, we have recorded the arrival of these now RePEc archives: KarmaQuest, Universidad de Chile, Swansea University, West African Monetary Institute. We recorded 476,996 file downloads and 1,677,773 abstract views during the last month. And we reached the following milestones:

400,000,000 cumulative abstract views
1,600,000 articles available online
1,000,000 cited items
50,000 indexed book chapters
14,000 institutions indexed in EDIRC

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2017 at RePEc: A year in review

January 4, 2018

2017 was a special year for RePEc for two major reasons: First, we celebrate the 20 years of RePEc serving the economics community, second we held a rare meeting of the major volunteers involved in the project. This face-to-face meeting allowed to discussed quite a few issues and in particular has set the direction for the next years. We are preparing ourselves to be even more open about what we do so that more people can participate and help with the initiative. For example, we have opened our major internal mailing lists, we created a wiki, a GitHub account and a Twitter feed, and are encouraging a new generation to step up to make sure RePEc can be there for another 20 years. There is still a lot of work to document and open all we do. We hope those who a local for opportunities to volunteer watch over our shoulders and raise their hands when they feel they can contribute.

What else happened? Of course, we had a large number of new institutions and publishers joining RePEc, 70 of them. They helped in adding over 300,000 pieces of research indexed in RePEc. CitEc, our citation extraction project, processed over 120,000 documents, finding over 4 million references of which 1.6 million were matched with items in RePEc. We surpassed 2.5 millions indexed items, 50,000 registered authors, facilitated 6 million document downloads (only counting reporting RePEc services), and sent 4,000 NEP reports announcing over 40,000 new working papers. This is actually just skimming the services we provide to the profession, check the RePEc home page for all we do.


RePEc in December 2017

January 4, 2018

Last month was remarkable because a lot of new material was added to RePEc: over 44,000 items! This pushed the count to over 2.5 million items indexed in RePEc. A small part in this was the addition of new participating archives at Henan University and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants. We counted 443,555 file downloads and 1,588,665 abstract views in December 2017. Finally, we passed the following milestones during the month:

300,000,000 cumulative abstract views on IDEAS
2,500,000 indexed items
8,000,000 indexed working papers
80,000 NEP subscriptions through email


RePEc in November 2017

December 4, 2017

There is currently a lot happening in the background for RePEc. For example, a redesign of IDEAS is in the works, which could entail revisiting the old light bulb logo. User suggestions are most welcome! In addition, we continue building up on wiki. In more regular business, we welcomed the following new archives: Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Center for Sustainability Research and Consultancy, American Public Health Association. We counted 553,911 file downloads and 2,205,063 abstract views and passed the following milestones:

70,000,000 downloads through IDEAS
6,000,000 abstract views for books
1,600,000 listed articles
1,500,000 listed articles available online
900,000 items with extracted references
4,000 listed software components
4,000 listed software components available online


RePEc in October 2017

November 5, 2017

A group of RePEc volunteers met last month in St. Louis and discussed for two days all sorts of issues. Over the next months, users will notice changes resulting from that meeting. For starters, we have


  1. reworked the conditions for the use of RePEc data,
  2. opened up some of our internal mailing lists to allow others to participate in the discussions,
  3. created a wiki for RePEc,
  4. opened a GitHub account,
  5. have now an official Twitter account.

Speaking of Twitter, we have now listings of economists on Twitter by country. In more regular business, we have counted 567,065 file downloads and 1,920,977 abstract views and welcomed the following new archives: Bank of Korea, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Journal of Mechanism and Institutional Design, National Bank of Ukraine, Gebze Technical University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, and Universitas Gadjah Mada. As for the milestones we have reached, we have

2,400,000 listed items
4,000 books with extracted references
1,000 economists with linked Twitter account
125 topics on RePEc Biblio


RePEc in September 2017

October 6, 2017

Academia is reawakening from its Summer slumber, and it shows on RePEc. We counted 441,497 file downloads and 1,657,039 abstract views, and we welcomed the following new RePEc archives: World Inequality Lab, Global Academy of Training and Research, VsI Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Southern Voice, National Taiwan Ocean University. As for the milestones we reached, we have:

7500 ranked institutions
400 indexed book series
20 years of IDEAS


IDEAS turns 20

September 27, 2017

IDEAS just turned 20. Launched in September 1997 on a web server sponsored by Université du Québec à Montréal and adapted from scripts written for WoPEc by José Manuel Barrueco Cruz (who is now in charge of citation analysis at CitEc), the site initially displayed 40,000 papers and articles. Now, there are sixty times more documents. A screen shot from the early days is below.

In 2002, IDEAS moved to the University of Connecticut, followed by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where it is still hosted. Over time, the site served 3.6 billion pages, although the vast majority where requested by web spiders for the major search engines and some page skimmers (who should really use the API). Once all this robotic access is cleared, the abstract pages alone where read almost 300 million times (or an average of 120 times for each listed item) and 70 million downloads were recorded (or an average of 31 times for each document available for download).

A few dates relevant for the history of IDEAS:


  • September 1997: IDEAS opens for business at the Université du Québec à Montréal
  • June 1998: the first ranking is published, covering abstract views for items and serials
  • August 2000: the first author ranking
  • February 2001: the first institution ranking
  • October 2002: IDEAS is now at the University of Connecticut
  • June 2011: IDEAS moves to the St. Louis Fed
  • January 2013: MyIDEAS is available
  • December 2014: IDEAS becomes mobile friendly