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- downloading papers
- See Obtaining working papers and journal articles
- finding papers on a specific topic
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- my homework/class project/essay
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Obtaining working papers and journal articles listed in EconPapers
- Can you send me the working paper or journal article?
- No. We do not have the papers themselves, only information about them.
- The download link doesn't work
- We link to external sites for the downloads, this gives the providers of the working papers and
journal articles control over the use of their material but also makes the system somewhat more vulnerable.
We do our best to keep the links up to data and run a link checker to make sure that they work and
known bad links are flagged as such. We notify the providers about any bad links and rely on them
to correct the information.
It is probably a temporary problem if the link isn't marked as a bad link. Please try again.
- Can I buy a working paper or journal article?
- Not from EconPapers. We only provide information about the papers and articles.
Contact the authors, the organization issuing a working paper, or the publisher of
the journal. The contact information available to EconPapers is provided on the
abstract page for each item.
- How do I obtain a working paper when there are no downloads for the paper?
- Try contacting the authors (e-mail addresses are shown next to their names
if we have that information) or the organization issuing the paper. Contact
information, if available, for the organization is at the bottom of the abstract page,
possibly with a link to the home page.
The paper may also be published, if we have information about the publication this is provided
under the 'Publication Status' heading. You can also try searching in the Journal Article
- How do I obtain a journal article when there are no downloads for the
article or I am not allowed to download the article?
- Try your local library. Even if they do not have the journal they may be able to
obtain a copy of the article as an inter library loan. Another option is
the IngentaConnect service which offers pay-per-view
access to many recent journal articles.
See also the next question.
- Why are there access restrictions for some downloads?
- Most journals have access restrictions, restricting downloads to subscribers to
the journal, in order to protect their revenue base. Many universities have
subscriptions allowing downloads from computers within the university, check with
your university library to see if this is the case.
Some working paper providers also implement access restrictions (the stand point of
EconPapers is that this is counterproductive), requiring some kind of subscription
Again, check with your library to see if there is a subscription. Also note that
some allow free access for academics or if you are from a developing country.
My papers are missing! How do I get listed in EconPapers?
- Why aren't the working papers from my department listed?
- RePEc and EconPapers are run by volunteers and we
do not have the resources to collect the data ourselves. Instead we rely on the
organization publishing the working papers to provide us with data. In addition to
being a fair division of labor this also means that the publisher has full
control over the data. When links to the full texts change these can immediately be
updated by the person being aware of the change and full text links can be
withdrawn when a working paper is published.
To contribute data on your departments working papers you need to
open a RePEc archive.
- There is no working paper series at my department. How
can I have my working papers listed in EconPapers and RepEc?
- As an author you can
still have your work included in RePEc and EconPapers by uploading it to
the Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA),
a special RePEc archive that accepts personal contributions.
EconWPA, the Economics Working Paper Archive,
used to play this role but is no longer accepting new papers.
- Why are the most recent working papers from my department missing?
- There are several possible reasons for this.
If your department is contributing data by running a RePEc archive, this can
happen if we have problems mirroring the data from the archive or it is simply
the case that the new papers have not been added to the archive. The index page
for each working paper series contains a link to the RePEc data check
for the archive, this will indicate any mirroring problems. (In most cases
mirroring problems are caused by changes in URLs or server configurations. The
mirroring logs provide information about the nature of the problem and your IT
personnel should be able to resolve most of them with the help of the Archive maintainers FAQ.
If not, send an e-mail to
and we will try to resolve the issue.)
If no mirroring problems are indicated this means that the data has not been added
to the archive or there are errors in data (the RePEc data check for the series
displays errors in the data). In this case, contact the person at your department
responsible for providing the data (this person is indicated at the top of the index page
for the series and at the bottom of each abstract page) and ask him or her to add
the data or correct the problems.
A third possibility is that we have old legacy data for your working paper series.
This data was originally collected by Fethy Mili, a librarian at the University of
Montreal or by the WoPEc project.
Unfortunately there are no longer resources available to update this with new
material. The solution is that your department takes over the maintenance of the
data by opening a RePEc archive.
- Why is journal X missing? I have published there and
would like to include the article in my author page.
- We are working with most major publishers to have data on their journals included
in RePEc and EconPapers. Unfortunately some journals are still missing or the
data might be updated infrequently. This is typically due to the publishers having
problems integrating this in their workflow or not realizing the benefits to both
the Economics community and the publisher (free publicity!). A gentle suggestion
to the editor, with a link to the instructions
on how to provide data to RePEc,
might work wonders. (Please cc
If the copyright permits you can also upload the article to the the Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA).
This will make the article more widely accessible and it can be listed in your author page although due to the
nature of MPRA it will be listed as a working paper.
- I have published a book/book chapter that is not included in RePEc. Can
I have this listed in my author page?
- Yes, this is possible provided that the publisher provides RePEc with the bibliographic data.
Publishers do this by operating a RePEc archive
Another options, if the copyright permits, is to upload the book or chapter to the the Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA).
This will make it more widely accessible and it can be listed in your author page although due to the
nature of MPRA it will be listed as a working paper.
- Some of my papers are in EconPapers, how do I get them listed in an author page?
- The author pages are based on information the authors provide when registering with the
RePEc Author Service. An author page is automatically added to
EconPapers when you register with RAS and the page includes all papers you claim as yours during the registration.
When additional papers appear in EconPapers you can amend your RAS
profile to include these papers as well.
Citing papers in EconPapers
- How should I cite working papers, journal articles etc found in EconPapers?
- Cite working papers, journal articles, books and chapters as you would normally cite them
giving the usual details. In addition, the RePEc handle (given in the lower right hand corner of each
abstract page) is a unique identifier and the EconPapers handle resolver provides a convenient way of linking
to the item you are citing. Simply give the link as http://econpapers.repec.org/handle, e.g.
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