Open Access Repository EconStor now with more than 200,000 full-texts

Posted: August 18th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monthly Report | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Open Access Repository EconStor now with more than 200,000 full-texts

Germany’s largest repository for economics literature gives access to publications from all over the world – collaboration with publishers becomes increasingly important
Kiel/Hamburg, 18 August 2020: EconStor (www.econstor.eu) is Germany’s most important Open Access repository for economics literature. It is operated by the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (www.zbw.eu). Within the recent years EconStor has assembled more than 200,000 freely accessible scholarly publications. Content from commercial publishers have an ever larger share in this growth beside the traditional publishing partners from economics research institutions.
This year, EconStor has reached a remarkable size with now more than 200,000 publications. In comparison: five years ago the collection contained 100,000 full-texts. Researchers from all over the world value the EconStor service in three respects:

  1. EconStor as an information source – in 2019 alone EconStor counted more than 6.7 million downloads of digital full texts.
  2. EconStor as a publication archive – research institutions as well as individual researchers can archive their publications long-term, safely and citably without extra costs Almost 600 institutional partners and more than 1,000 individual authors currently use EconStor to disseminate their publications.
  3. EconStor as a distributor in highly frequented international databases and search engines – EconStor has been among RePEc’s ten most important full-text archives worldwide for several years now.

Olaf Siegert, head of Publishing Services at the ZBW, states: “We are happy that so many universities, research institutions and individual authors use our service to disseminate their publications, not only in Germany but also worldwide. EconStor also plays an ever larger role for publications from agreements with publishers. The Open Access transformation, strongly driven by initiatives such as OA2020, DEAL and Plan S, will further amplify this trend.”


EconStor team remains active during the Corona Pandemic

Posted: March 24th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monthly Report | Comments Off on EconStor team remains active during the Corona Pandemic

Although a lot of our work is now done from home, the EconStor team at ZBW remains active even in times of the Corona Pandemic.

Since the beginning of last week our organization ZBW has switched to digital mode, i.e. most employees now work from home. But the provision of up to date services remains of critical importance, especially when it comes to freely available scholarly publications. Therefore the Econstor team continues to serve its publishing institutions and its authors with the same commitment as before. We even see a higher usage of our publications in the recent weeks.
Moreover Open Access to scholarly papers is more important than ever in times, where a lot of researchers are working from home and request access to scholarly literature from there but also distribute their new research findings from home. EconStor serves the needs of Economists from around the world by distributing almost 200.000 freely available publications to the Economics community and the public worldwide. The need for Open Access was never so evident as it is now!


More Open Access Monographs Available on EconStor

Posted: May 27th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on More Open Access Monographs Available on EconStor

EconStor now systematically covers the open access books within its research disciplines economics and business administration from renowned publishers – like Oxford University Press, Springer, or Taylor & Francis – published under Creative Commons terms.

The integration of this open content is implemented regularly through a systematic monitoring of the both open access portals OAPEN and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) as well as websites of additional publishers which are not integrated into these portals. The relevant titles are selected by the appropriate subject categories available in OAPEN and DOAB.

Please find an overview of the available open access monographs from certain publishing houses on EconStor here.


EconStor reaches a new benchmark with more than 500 institutional customers

Posted: February 4th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monthly Report | Comments Off on EconStor reaches a new benchmark with more than 500 institutional customers

With 170,000 documents, EconStor is one of the largest providers of Open Access publications for Economics and Business Studies. EconStor is one of the largest repositories worldwide and an important input service for RePEc. More than 500 universities, research institutions, professional associations and publishers now use it for the digital dissemination of their publications in Open Access.

EconStor is especially well established in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the majority of economic research institutions use the service. But more than 70 per cent of accesses to the service originate from outside these countries, thus proving the global reach of EconStor. Among its customers are renowned institutions such as the Stockholm School of Economics, Yale University, the German Economic Association (VfS) or the Economics research instutes within the Leibniz Association.
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Olaf Siegert, product manager of EconStor, explains: “We notice that more and more institutions contact us in order to disseminate their publications in Open Access through EconStor. The fact that we are a publicly-funded institution without commercial interests works in our favour, as it means we meet the ideal of a digital information infrastructure in the context of Open Science.”

This is confirmed by Professor Jutta Allmendinger, president of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB): “For more than 10 years now, our close cooperation with the ZBW has been characterised by Open Access. With EconStor, the ZBW ensures that our (and others’) research findings are findable and freely accessible, and provides an invaluable service for science and society.”


Predatory Publishing and Economics

Posted: October 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monthly Report | Comments Off on Predatory Publishing and Economics

What differentiates predatory journals from serious journals? How can researchers protect themselves against publishing in a predatory journal?

The ZBW has compiled a handout giving you a brief survey and supplying tools to protect against predatory publishers:
https://www.zbw.eu/fileadmin/pdf/forschung/2018-handreichung-predatory-publishing.pdf


Recommendations for RePec ranking optimization

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: , | Comments Off on Recommendations for RePec ranking optimization

In one it’s recent posts, the RePEc team has released some recommendations for Authors and Institutions to make better use of  their ranking positions. As RePEc rankings are increasingly popular among the Econonomics research community, this seems to be very good approach. Compared  to other rankings RePEc is quite transparent about the methods used to compile it’s charts.


EconStor with new design and new features

Posted: May 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: , , | Comments Off on EconStor with new design and new features

 

After 5 years with the same look and feel,  EconStor has now received a facelift.

Among the new features are:

  • A better and faster search (including facets)
  • A visual and geographical presentation of our content partners
  • a mobil optimized web design for better  use on tablets and  smartphones
  • a new colour (green instead of blue) in our logo

We hope to make EconStor more user-friendly with these innovations and are keen to hear about your opinion.  Please let us know in this blog.


Econstor Relaunch

Posted: May 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monthly Report | Comments Off on Econstor Relaunch

Today EconStor is undergoing a major relaunch. Therefore the site will be down for a few hours before coming back improved and more user-friendly.In the meantime you are redirected to our blog site. So If you want to download a paper, please visit us again later today.

 


EconStor passes the mark of 100,000 full-texts

Posted: October 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on EconStor passes the mark of 100,000 full-texts

Germany’s most important repository for economics now belongs to the twelve largest Open Access archives worldwide.

EconStor, the Open Access publication server of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and also Germany’s most important repository for economics, now offers more than 100,000 freely available documents. In the “Ranking Web of Repositories” EconStor is ranked number 12 among more than 2,200 listed archives (category rich files) worldwide.  

This year, EconStor has grown to impressive size. It now offers more than 100,000 freely accessible full texts. Back in 2011 there were only 25,000, growing to  50,000 full-texts in 2013.

Researchers in economics from all over the world value the repository’s services for three reasons:

  1. as a source of information: 2.8 million downloads were counted in 2014 (compared to 1.3 million downloads in 2012),
  2. as a place where research institutions and individual researchers can archive their publications permanently, safely and citable,
  3. as a distributor into much frequented databases – e.g. EconStor is one of the ten most widely used full-text archives within the RePEc network.

EconStor assembles more than 90 per cent of all Economics working papers from Germany and disseminates it on the web. Around 400 national and international institutions use the repository to share their papers, among them Princeton University, the Tinbergen Institute, the Stockholm School of Economics or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Usage statistics prove EconStor’s international success: About 80 per cent of all downloads come from abroad (mainly from USA, China, the UK and France).

Olaf Siegert, head of publication services at the ZBW, summarises the merits of the repository: “EconStor makes an important contribution to scholarly communication in economics. Our customers value the visibility and findability of their papers in search engines such as Google Scholar, whereas users appreciate the barrier-free and quick access to scholarly publications they look for.”


EconStor in June 2015

Posted: July 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monthly Report | Comments Off on EconStor in June 2015

In June we have added the following research paper series and e-journals to EconStor:

1988 new items have been uploaded. The total number of full-text documents climbed to 90300 by 30/06/2015. We have counted 165936 downloads in June.

The Top 5 most downloaded papers:

1.) Brodeur, Abel; Lé, Mathias; Sangnier, Marc; Zylberberg, Yanos: „Star Wars: The empirics strike back“ (468)

2.) Kreutzer, Ralf T.; Hinz, Jule: „Möglichkeiten und Grenzen von Social Media Marketing“ (433)

3.) Dieckmann, Anja; Fischbacher, Urs; Grimm, Veronika; Unfried, Matthias; Utikal, Verena; Valmasoni, Lorenzo: „Trust and beliefs among Europeans: Cross-country evidence on perceptions and behavior“ (300)

4.) Catullo, Ermanno; Gallegati, Mauro; Palestrini, Antonio: „Systemic risk and macro-prudential policies: A credit network-based approach“ (296)

5.) Yacuzzi, Enrique: „El estudio de caso como metodología de investigación: Teoría, mecanismos causales, validación“ (279)