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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 collection.
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 or registration. 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, e.g.

Search tools for EconPapers

Can I search EconPapers directly from the search bar in my browser?
After installing our search plug-in for Firefox, Internet Explorer 7 and Netscape 7 you can search EconPapers by typing your search phrase in the search bar and selecting EconPapers as your search engine.
Uninstall: Use 'Manage Search Engines' in Firefox 2 and 'Configure Search Options' in IE 7 and the options in the search side bar in Netscape 7. Uninstall instructions for Firefox 1.5 are available in the How to Mozilla knowledge base.
Can I search EconPapers directly from Internet Explorer 6?
With our search add-on for Internet Explorer 6 you can use IE's autosearch to search EconPapers. Just type 'ep' followed by your search phrase in the IE address bar! Download and run (double click) the add-on (note that this will modify the registry).
Uninstall: The add-on can be uninstalled by downloading and running this file (this will modify the registry).
Can I search EconPapers directly from Opera?
Opera users can add a custom search field for EconPapers by dragging the link to the toolbar. Clicking on the link will add the search field to your collection of buttons and you can add it to any Opera toolbar later. (Tested with Opera 9 for Windows.)
Uninstall: Use the normal Opera procedure for customizing toolbars to remove the search field.

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