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Open Assessment and Open Citation Analysis -
Experiences with the Journal “Economics”
Open Assessment and Open Citation ...
Overview
(1) Scholarly Communication in Economics
(2) About the Journal
(3) About Open Assessment
(4) About Open Citation ...
(1) Scholarly Communication in Economics
• Globalized discipline (English as predominant language)
• Main research finding...
(2) About the Journal
www.economics-ejournal.org
Organisation
• Editor / Editorial Office: Kiel Institute (IfW)
• Technical services, archiving and dissemination:
German N...
Concept
• Open access
• Covers all subfields of economics
• Two-Stage Publication Process:
=> Contributions are published ...
Statistics
• Online since March 2007
• Almost 350 submissions
• 135 published discussion papers
• 84 published journal art...
(3) About Open Assessment
www.economics-ejournal.org
The Two-Stage Publication Process
www.economics-ejournal.org
www.economics-ejournal.org
www.economics-ejournal.org
www.economics-ejournal.org
Statistics
• 1,992 registered readers
• 577 comments alongside the discussion papers
(on average 4.3 comments/paper)
• 32 ...
(4) About Open Citation Analysis
www.economics-ejournal.org
Background Information
• Aim: providing information about the impact of the journal
(Which articles are cited? Who is citi...
Citation Analysis with CitEc
• All papers of the E-Journal are stored on ZBW-Repository
EconStor
• EconStor provides autom...
Citation Analysis with CitEc: First Results
Journal Articles
• 21 articles cited (25% of all articles)
• Up to 12 citation...
(5) Lessons Learned
www.economics-ejournal.org
Open Assessment
• Positive response to the section “Comments and Questions”
– fast rising number of comments in the turn o...
Open Citation Analysis
• CitEc-tool of RePEc is extremely helpful 
• Makes citations more transparent (->self-citations)
...
Thank you for your attention!
Korinna Werner-Schwarz
korinna.werner-schwarz@economics-ejournal.org
Olaf Siegert
o.siegert@...
Open Assessment  and Open Citation Analysis - Experiences with the Journal "Economics", von Olaf Siegert und Korinna Werne...
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    1. 1. 1 Open Assessment and Open Citation Analysis - Experiences with the Journal “Economics” Open Assessment and Open Citation Analyis – Experiences with the Journal “Economics” COASP Conference, September 14th –16th 2009, Lund Olaf Siegert Korinna Werner-Schwarz German National Library of Economics (ZBW) Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) www.economics-ejournal.org
    2. 2. Overview (1) Scholarly Communication in Economics (2) About the Journal (3) About Open Assessment (4) About Open Citation Analysis (5) Lessons Learned www.economics-ejournal.org
    3. 3. (1) Scholarly Communication in Economics • Globalized discipline (English as predominant language) • Main research findings in peer-reviewed journals • Increasing importance of journal rankings • Top journals in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), which also provides citation analysis and impact factors • Preprint culture (Working/Discussion/Research Papers), mainly freely available in open access • For most articles in top journals there is also a preprint version • Up to two years between preprint and article • Growing use of research data www.economics-ejournal.org
    4. 4. (2) About the Journal www.economics-ejournal.org
    5. 5. Organisation • Editor / Editorial Office: Kiel Institute (IfW) • Technical services, archiving and dissemination: German National Library of Economics (ZBW) • Advisory Board: 19 international renowned economists (including five Nobel prize winners) • Associate Editors: 150 economists from all over the world • Initial funding via German Research Foundation (DFG) www.economics-ejournal.org
    6. 6. Concept • Open access • Covers all subfields of economics • Two-Stage Publication Process: => Contributions are published as Discussion Papers and as Journal Articles • Double Peer-Review Process: => Traditional Peer-Review by referees is supplemented by an “Open Assessment” of registered readers • No author fees • No issues, just single articles • Special Issues on selected topics www.economics-ejournal.org
    7. 7. Statistics • Online since March 2007 • Almost 350 submissions • 135 published discussion papers • 84 published journal articles • Very international author affiliation (USA, UK, Italy, Germany) • 131,000 downloads (i.e. about 600 downloads per paper) www.economics-ejournal.org
    8. 8. (3) About Open Assessment www.economics-ejournal.org
    9. 9. The Two-Stage Publication Process www.economics-ejournal.org
    10. 10. www.economics-ejournal.org
    11. 11. www.economics-ejournal.org
    12. 12. www.economics-ejournal.org
    13. 13. Statistics • 1,992 registered readers • 577 comments alongside the discussion papers (on average 4.3 comments/paper) • 32 comments alongside the articles (on average 0.39 comments/articles) • 67 ratings (0.79 ratings/article) • 87 recommendations (1.2 recommendations/article) www.economics-ejournal.org
    14. 14. (4) About Open Citation Analysis www.economics-ejournal.org
    15. 15. Background Information • Aim: providing information about the impact of the journal (Which articles are cited? Who is citing?) • Use of the CitEc tool (provided by RePEc) since January 2009 • Additional Information: Search in Google Scholar • Plus: application for SSCI (Social Science Citation Index); currently under review www.economics-ejournal.org
    16. 16. Citation Analysis with CitEc • All papers of the E-Journal are stored on ZBW-Repository EconStor • EconStor provides automatic RePEc-Input-Service • RePec has implemented the citation analysis tool CiTEc • CitEc uses about 220,000 free accessible RePEc sources (primarily working papers) for citation analysis • Monthly updates • CitEc can be used by input providers for analysing purposes www.economics-ejournal.org
    17. 17. Citation Analysis with CitEc: First Results Journal Articles • 21 articles cited (25% of all articles) • Up to 12 citations per article • 50 citations in total • Newest cited article is from April 2009 Discussion Papers • 27 papers cited (20% of all papers) • Up to 12 citations per paper • 55 citations in total • Newest cited paper is from January 2009 => 40% of all citations in the last 6 months! www.economics-ejournal.org
    18. 18. (5) Lessons Learned www.economics-ejournal.org
    19. 19. Open Assessment • Positive response to the section “Comments and Questions” – fast rising number of comments in the turn of this year – especially steadily growing interest in uploading reader comments • Slow rise of ratings • Steadily rising flow of recommendations => In consideration: discontinuing of the rating possibility www.economics-ejournal.org
    20. 20. Open Citation Analysis • CitEc-tool of RePEc is extremely helpful  • Makes citations more transparent (->self-citations) • So far mainly analysis of preprints: problem with licensed material (journal articles) • Google Scholar lists more citations, but: – wrong links (e.g. citing document is older than cited document) – links lead to the same publication => no reliable source, but sometimes additive information www.economics-ejournal.org
    21. 21. Thank you for your attention! Korinna Werner-Schwarz korinna.werner-schwarz@economics-ejournal.org Olaf Siegert o.siegert@zbw.eu

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