RePEc in December 2015, and a look back at 2015

January 7, 2016

The year ended on a calm note, as usual. Still we added a few participating institutions: Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research, Associazione Italiana per la Storia dell’Economia Politica, University of Essex (III), International University College of Turin, International Conference on Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Academy of Municipal Administration. For the RePEc services that participate in the statistics, we counted 416,271 file downloads and 2,093,294 abstract views in December 2015. Finally, NEP has a new report, NEP-PAY (Payment Systems and Financial Technologies). Over the past month, we reached the following milestones:

1800000 listed items available online
1200000 listed articles
700000 listed working papers
600000 listed working papers available online
7000 ranked institutions

Now looking back at 2015: close to 190,000 items were added, in part through the addition of 77 new participating archives. RePEc is now covering, among others, 240 more working paper series and 260 more journals. Several services are running on new hardware, in particular EconPapers and the RePEc Author Service. We have introduced an API. CitEc now offers citation alerts by economists. The RePEc Biblio accepts user suggestions. We counted 5,765,579 downloads and 23,781,746 abstract views over the past year.

RePEc Author Service getting upgraded

December 30, 2015

The RePEc Author Service is currently unavailable due to scheduled downtime. We are moving it to new hardware. The process should not take more than a few hours. Updates will be provided here.

Update: The service is back online. If you notice something amiss, please notify the administrator at this email address.

RePEc in November 2015

December 3, 2015

Last month, we reached a major milestone: The RePEc Genealogy, the academic family tree of economists, has over 10,000 people indexed. This has been achieved with the help of almost 2,500 contributors who logged into the wiki feature of the site. We also welcomed the following institutions with new archives: Heriot-Watt University (II), NISEA, EPFL (II), European Stability Mechanism, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Finally, we counted 528,705 file downloads and 1,969,597 abstract views over the month.

Other milestones we reached:
70,000,000 cumulative abstract views on EconPapers
750,000 indexed items have been cited
750,000 articles with abstracts
300,000 articles with references
25,000 indexed books
10,000 economists on RePEc Genealogy

Mentioning economic research on the Internet? Deep-link to RePEc!

November 24, 2015

Whether you are building a web page, writing a blog post, posting on Facebook or tweeting, as an economist engaged in discussing research on the field, you have to cite relevant sources. To do so, one is tempted to link directly to where said research is to be found: on a personal homepage, on a publisher’s website, or to the pdf file in a working paper series. I want to argue that this is not the best tactic. It is better to link to the abstract page for these research pieces on IDEAS or EconPapers. Why?

  1. RePEc links are stable. Homepages disappear, publishers and institutions reorganize their websites, but RePEc services have committed to never change their URLs, as they are formed from persistent identifiers. And on the rare occasion that those change, IDEAS and EconPapers offer suggestions on the 404 page where to find the paper.
  2. RePEc shows other versions. The reader may not be able to read the particular version of the paper that is linked to a gated website. RePEc services often offer alternative versions of the article such as a freely available working paper.
  3. RePEc provides related literature. The abstract page offers links to referred and cited works, to author profiles, and other related material.
  4. RePEc rewards linked authors. Getting cited on the Internet, even if it is with a popular blogger or a major newspaper, does not offer any quantifiable rewards to the authors. With a RePEc link, though, hits and downloads will counts towards authors rankings. Authors will be grateful for that.

NB: Linking to the URLs disseminated by NEP is fine, too, although only the last point is valid in that case.
PS: For blogs, the posts linking to RePEc abstract pages will be featured on EconAcademics.

RePEc in October 2015

November 4, 2015

We are welcoming fresh blood in the RePEc team, with Joachim Winter taking over the reigns of MPRA from Ekkehart Schlicht.

We have welcomed the following newly participating archives: Effectus University College, Liechtenstein-Institut, Council on Economic Priorities, Academic Research Publishing Group, South African Reserve Bank. We have also counted 519,872 file downloads and 2,303,472 abstract views. Which brings us to several milestones we have surpassed in the last month:

20’000’000 captured references
1’000’000 items indexed in RePEc
500 RePEc-wide h-index (over 500 items with over 500 citations each)
300 listed book series

Joachim Winter takes Responsibility for MPRA

October 23, 2015

The Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA) has been started nine years ago by me, Ekkehart Schlicht, to support the function of the Econ Working Paper Archive that went out of operation at the time. I have continued to supervise the archive after my retirement but decided to hand the duty over to someone else. It is a great fortune that one of my younger colleagues at our department, Joachim Winter, was prepared to help.


The outgoing editor of MPRA, Ekkehart Schlicht, and the new editor, Joachim Winter

Joachim holds the Chair of Empirical Economic Research at the Department of Economics at the LMU University of Munich. In spite of his many other commitments, he decided to take care of MPRA. I am very happy about that.

MPRA provides the possibility for economists worldwide to make their research available through all services of the RePEc network even if they are not affiliated with an institution that runs an institutional RePEc archive. Because MPRA does not remove contributions from the archive, they remain publicly available for the future, even in those cases where the final version appears in a gated journal.

MPRA would not be possible with the continuous support by the University Library and its director Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger, and by Volker Schallehn who works at the library and is responsible for the electronic media there. I thank them very much for all they have done for MPRA in the past, and for their preparedness to support MPRA in the future.

RePec-3bEkkehart Schlicht, Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger, Joachim Winter, and Volker Schallehn

And, last but not least, I thank the editors of MPRA. Their voluntary and continuous support keeps the archive running incredibly smoothly. I have joined their ranks and will help with German and English submissions in the future.

All my best wishes to all of you!


RePEc in September 2015

October 3, 2015

What is new in RePEc? We have now an API, which should allow to disseminated even more widely the research listed in RePEc. We have now over 7000 series and journals listed with us. And we have welcomed the following new archives: California Polytechnic State University, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, LAR Center Press, Eastern European Business and Economics Studies Centre, Université de Genève (II), Groupe ESC Pau, Groupe Revue Banque. For the RePEc services that provide traffic statistics (EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP, Socionet), we counted 437,101 file downloads and 1,882,827 abstract views.

As to the milestones we reached in the past month, we can report:
1000000 cumulative book chapter downloads
75000 changes made by users to the RePEc Genealogy
45000 registered authors
7000 journals and series
700 economics blogs indexed on EconAcademics