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


RePEc in July 2018

August 15, 2018

Acknowledging that we are awfully late for posting about what happened for RePEc last month, we have still be busy behind the scenes. The next monthly report should show a few innovations. In the meanwhile, we welcome the following new participating archives: Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (INSEE), Hindawi Publishing, Leibniz Universität Hannover, International Society for projects in Education and Research, Bentham Open. We counted 331,999 file downloads and 1,398,211 abstract views (with the added fact that over 99% of traffic on IDEAS was from robots. You can use the API). Finally, we reached the following milestones last month.

1,750,000 listed articles
2,000 followers on Twitter for @repec_org
1,000 followers on Twitter for @repecCitEc


RePEc in June 2018

July 9, 2018

Last month, we had an unusual number of new participating archives: Sumerianz Publication, Association For The Study of the Cuban Economy, Warmia and Mazury University, Kardan University, Infrastructure Victoria, Escuela de Postgrado GERENS, Economic Research Institute of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Bank of Israel, Tourism Research Institute. We have also counted 357,786 file downloads and 1,497,660 abstract views from the RePEc services that provide such statistics. And finally, we passed the following milestones:

1,700,000 listed journal articles
80,000 NEP email subscriptions
1,250 authors with a registered Twitter handle


2000 contributing RePEc archives

June 4, 2018

With the recent addition of an archive at the University of Berne (Switzerland), RePEc reached a major milestone with 2000 contributing archives opened since inception in 1997. Indeed, publishers index their content in RePEc by opening a so-called RePEc archive, which is located on a server they manage and that contains all the metadata necessary for their publications to be visible on the various RePEc services. This means that RePEc is not a web spider: publishers submit their publications to RePEc.

RePEc archives come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are managed by the major commercial publishers. Others are maintained by small research centers striving to get their output known to the world. Some use dedicated servers, others place their RePEc archive as part of their website. There are also some aggregators that relay the metadata from several institutions or publishers.

All in all, over 2.6 million items of research are indexed from over 8,000 serials, including over 3,000 journals. To see the current list of RePEc archives, click here, and to find instructions to open a RePEc archive, click here.