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


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.


RePEc in April 2018

May 4, 2018

Last month’s slate of new RePEc archives is: Fordham University, US Department of Treasury, Online Academic Press, ARPHA, Research Consulting and Development (Kyiv), and Office of Health Economics. We counted 424,289 file downloads and 1,869,578 abstract views from participating RePEc Services. We opened a new NEP Report: NEP-ISF (Islamic Finance). And we passed the following milestones:

2,600,000 indexed items
10,000 NEP Twitter followers
100 NEP reports opened since inception


Help build the academic tree of Economics: the RePEc Genealogy

April 22, 2018

Beyond the open bibliography that lays the foundation of RePEc, various services have emerged that enhance the data collected with RePEc. One of them is the RePEc Genealogy. The goal of this initiative is to build an academic family tree for Economics, recording who was advised by whom, where and when. It thus tries to build links among the over 50,000 economists registered with the RePEc Author Service as well as the institutions listed in EDIRC. At the time of writing this, close to 13,000 economists from over 1000 programs are listed in the RePEc Genealogy.

The data is collected by the community: The RePEc Genealogy is a wiki, and all you need is a registration with the RePEc Author Service to add information to it. You can make sure your own record is complete, add your students or whose of your advisor, or ensure that your graduate program or alma mater are properly recorded. Over 3,000 economists have already contributed to it. Go to the RePEc Genealogy crowdsourcing tool to participate and see some statistics about the genealogy.

How is the collected data used? Of course, one can browse the site for information. But the data is also used in other ways: IDEAS uses it to complement author profiles, to compute rankings of graduate programs (publications from all years or last 10 years), a ranking of economist by graduation cohorts. Finally, data from the Genealogy is starting to be used for research, along with data from the rest of RePEc. You could be part of the data that you are analysing! For a listing of papers using RePEc data, see here.


RePEc in March 2018

April 4, 2018

In March, we welcomed a diverse set of new participating archives: Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Finance Think (Macedonia) and Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis. WE counted 507,929 file downloads and 2,025,384 abstract views through EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP and Socionet. And we reached the following milestones:

20,000,000 downloads through EconPapers
700,000 working papers available for download
500,000 articles with extracted references
10,000 NEP report followers on Twitter


RePEc innovates with new initiative in Paris

April 1, 2018

RePEc has been at the forefront of the dissemination of economics research for over twenty years, and has in particular been among the first if not the first across all sciences to introduce features such as open bibliographies, open citations, author identifiers, and publication rankings. Following our mission of democratization of access to research, we are proud to announce yet another innovation that will help us bringing economic research to the public: we have received the authorization to take over two bouquinistes boxes in Paris. Bouquinistes maintain since the 16th century about 1000 boxes on the left and right banks of the Seine in central Paris where they sell antique and used books and magazines. The RePEc boxes, pictured above, are on the left bank on Quai Conti close to the Monnaie de Paris, the historical coin mint that will help to maintain the boxes.

The boxes will contain used working papers, which given the publication delays in economics may still be ahead of their versions published in refereed journals. Thus the pedestrian passing by will be better informed about research in economics than journal subscribers. Volunteers will be on hand to guide interested readers. Note that despite these boxes being located in a French-speaking country, it is not expected that the majority of the working papers will be in French. Volunteers interested in participating should enquire at the Monnaie de Paris Boutique.

For other volunteer opportunities with RePEc, see our volunteers page.


RePEc in February 2018

March 8, 2018

The big news this month is the redesign of IDEAS. Beyond the more modern and functional look, there are a few new features: MyIDEAS now sends weekly email digests to those who want to stay current about the authors, serial, JEL codes or keywords they follow; search can now sort by number of citations or how recently an item was added; new rankings, in particular covering only the 10 last years of publications (and the top 10 authors for each institution); and more little tweaks. The layout of EDIRC has also been upgraded.

In other news: We have welcomed a few new RePEc archives: National University for Political Studies and Public Administration, Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, NYU Abu Dhabi, Turkish Journal of Marketing. We have counted 433,295 file downloads and 1,598,914 abstract views last month. And we have reached the following milestones:

100,000,000 cumulative downloads
3,000 indexed journals
1,000 graduate programs in RePEc Genealogy (and thus ranked)