Posted: August 18th, 2020 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Monthly Report | 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: 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.
Posted: May 3rd, 2016 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: layout, mobil optimization, Web design | 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.
Posted: May 2nd, 2016 | Author: Olaf Siegert | 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.
Posted: October 16th, 2015 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Economics, EconStor, Open Access, Repositories | 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:
- as a source of information: 2.8 million downloads were counted in 2014 (compared to 1.3 million downloads in 2012),
- as a place where research institutions and individual researchers can archive their publications permanently, safely and citable,
- 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.”
Posted: June 9th, 2015 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Comments Off on EconStor Downtime
EconStor will be offline on 19th June 2015 from 1:00 pm to 12 pm CET due to urgent repairs on our power supply.
We apologize for any inconvenience!
Posted: June 26th, 2014 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Downloads, rankings, RePEc | Comments Off on EconStor now in RePec TOP 10
Latest statistics sees EconStor among the ten most heavily used archives in RePec
Most Economists know, that RePEc publishes rankings on publications, authors and research institutions. Less known is the fact, that RePec also provides statistics on it’s contributing archives and how they perform. These archives can come from university faculties (e.g. for their working papers), from publishers (for their journals) or from repositories (either institutional or subject based). A ranking of the largest archives is provided on the RePEc homepage (see also screenshot on the right).
As a subject repository with a focus on the German Economics community EconStor provides it’s RePEc input services for over 100 institutions, which places as amont the TOP 20 archives with respect to size.
But even more pleasant (and also more important to our customers) is the fact, that papers on EconStor are also heavily used. Looking at the detailed LogEc statistics for all contributing archives in RePEc, we find that EconStor (acronym “zbw”) is at number 10 concerning the use of our archives (number of downloads).