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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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).
New edition of webometrics ranking now also includes Altmetrics indicators. EconStor ranks at number 17 concerning full-text documents.
The “Ranking Web of Repositories” is a service provided by the Spanish Reseseach Organization CSIC. Besides comparing repositories it also ranks Universities, Business Schools and Hospitals. The repository ranking is published every 6 months, now in it’s 14th edition.
The latest edition, which was published this week, introduced a new element among the relevant criteria for the ranking: The “Altmetrics”-Element (which accounts for 25% of the ranking) is monitoring services like Twitter, Wikipedia and Google+ and looks up, how often repository documents are mentioned in these service.
The new Webometrics repository ranking sees EconStor at number 45 (out of 1750 repositories worldwide) in the overall ranking. When it comes to the number of PDF-Documents within a repository (category “rich files”), EconStor comes out even better at Number 17. Concerning the coverage in Google Scholar, we rank at number 21.