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.
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.
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.”
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!
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 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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.