ZBW publication server EconStor takes number one slot in “Open Access Repository Ranking 2014”

Humboldt University in Berlin ranks service quality of 152 publication servers at German universities and non-university research institutions

Kiel/Hamburg, 19 September 2014: EconStor, the publication server of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, is ranked first in the Open Access Repository Ranking 2014 for Germany. The Institute for Library and Information Science at the Humboldt University in Berlin compiled the ranking based on the “2014 Census on Open Access repositories in Germany, Austria and Switzerland”. In particular, the quality of service was rated according to various criteria.

Open Access publication servers can only reach their usage targets if they offer users a certain service quality above and beyond the academic quality of the Open Access publications. This was the assumption guiding the team of Paul Vierkant and Maxi Kindling at the Humboldt University in Berlin in their analysis of usability, value-added services, metadata quality or community management of 152 publications servers in Germany (more information).

This year, EconStor, the Open Access publication server of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics www.econstor.eu, reached first place in this ranking.

The statistics show that users value EconStor as a high-quality service. PDF downloads are counted according to the internationally accepted COUNTER standard and amounted to 265,000 downloads per month in 2014, compared to 200,000 monthly downloads in 2013.

In the international Repository ranking of Webometrics EconStor takes place 45 among 2,000 ranked repositories and is counted among the most important publication servers worldwide (see repositories.webometrics.info)  

About the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics  

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest information centre for economic literature. The institution holds more than 4 million volumes and enables access to millions of online documents in economics. In 2013 alone, 3.8 million digital full-texts were downloaded. In addition, the ZBW provides a fast-growing collection of Open Access documents. EconStor, the digital publication server, currently gives free access to more than 75,000 articles and working papers. EconBiz, the portal for international economic information, allows students and researchers to search among nine million datasets. The ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics.  
The ZBW is a research-based academic library. Three professors and an international group of PhD candidates do transdisciplinary research on Science 2.0. Research at the ZBW is connected to international networks. The main co-operation partners are engaged in the Leibniz Research Network Science 2.0 and the EU project EEXCESS.   The ZBW is a member of the Leibniz Association and a foundation under public law. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the ZBW was honoured for its innovative library work with the international LIBER Award for Library Innovation. In 2014, the ZBW received the “Library of the Year” award.

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