Posted: December 19th, 2022 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Monthly Report | Comments Off on No EconStor support between Christmas and the new year
Dear EconStor users,
there will be no EconStor support services from the 23rd of December until the 2nd of January 2023.
We wish you all happy holidays and a good start for 2023 🙂
Your EconStor team
Posted: December 7th, 2022 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Monthly Report | Comments Off on Results of the EconStor User Survey 2022
This year the EconStor team conducted an international survey among the EconStor users in the research community. The results are available via ZBW-Mediatalk.
Posted: June 21st, 2022 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Comments Off on Content from Russia blocked on EconStor
As a sign of solidarity with Ukraine, our host institution, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics has decided to freeze all cooperations with government institutions and businesses in Russia. This decision is in line with recommendations of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. It concerns all services hosted by ZBW including EconStor. As a consequence content from Russia on EconStor will be blocked until further notice.
Posted: April 19th, 2021 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Comments Off on EconStor makes journal articles from the Wiley-DEAL available via DeepGreen
In cooperation with DeepGreen articles in Economics and Business Studies from the Wiley publishing house are now automatically avialable via EconStor. Only subject-relevant articles from selected journals in the Wiley-DEAL contract are accessed. So far EconStor has received about 300 articles from the years 2019 and 2020.
“EconStor makes an important contribution to making scientific articles accessible to a broad readership. Including relevant articles published under our contract with Project DEAL increases their visibility. Following the successful launch of our partnership with DeepGreen in September 2020, we are pleased to support the Open Access transformation in Germany with another initiative,” said Dr. Guido F. Herrmann, Managing Director and Vice President, Wiley-VCH GmbH.
Olaf Siegert, Head of the Department of Publication Services at the ZBW, emphasizes: “We are pleased that subject-relevant articles from the Wiley-DEAL are now also made available via EconStor. This underscores the role of repositories as publication venues for scientific institutions in ensuring the Open Access transformation. As a specialist repository, we in particular already have a strong network in economic research and are used by many institutions and authors to disseminate their research results. The articles from transformation contracts are an important building block in the further development. It’s great that DeepGreen is actively supporting us here.”
DeepGreen was developed as part of a five-year DFG project. It pursues the goal of automatically delivering full texts and metadata of scientific and scholarly publications to institutional and subject-specific OA repositories, thereby promoting the OA transformation in Germany. The project consortium consisted of the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg, the Bavarian State Library, the University Library of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, the University Library of the Technical University Berlin, the Helmholtz Open Science Office of the Helmholtz Association, and the Bavarian Library Network. After an extended test phase, DeepGreen will start pilot operations in June 2021 with eight publishers, 60 institutional repositories and three subject-based repositories. In two years, the organizational-legal foundations for the regular operation of the national open access service are to be laid. The integration of subject repositories marks another milestone in the DeepGreen project.
“We are pleased about the connection of EconStor. The delivery of data to subject-specific OA repositories is a success for DeepGreen and demonstrates the relevance of repositories in the OA transformation,” says Roland Bertelmann, head of the Helmholtz Open Science Office of the Helmholtz Association, which is responsible for the relevant work package as a project partner in DeepGreen.
Posted: August 18th, 2020 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Economics, EconStor, Open Access, Repository | 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:
- EconStor as an information source – in 2019 alone EconStor counted more than 6.7 million downloads of digital full texts.
- 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.
- 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.”
Posted: March 24th, 2020 | Author: Olaf Siegert | 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!
Posted: May 27th, 2019 | Author: Jan B. Weiland | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Creative Commons, DOAB, OAPEN, Open Access Book, Publisher | 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.
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.
an overview of the available open access monographs from certain publishing
houses on EconStor here.
Posted: February 4th, 2019 | Author: Olaf Siegert | 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.
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.”
Posted: October 30th, 2018 | Author: Olaf Siegert | 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:
Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: rankings, RePEc | 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.