RePEc step-by-step tutorial
The article template
Article templates are in simple text files, like all templates, that have a .rdf extension. The rest of the file name doesn't
matter. These files needs to be in the series' (journal's) six letter directory. You can put all templates in one files, or one per file, or group them in files in various ways. Do whatever best suits your needs.
NB: The principle in RePEc is that only the publisher can index material, or someone acting on its behalf. If you want to index articles published by members of your organization, use the paper template.
Let us have a look at a typical template:
Template-Type: ReDIF-Article 1.0
Author-Name: Andrew Beacon
Author-Name: Charlie Doe
Author-Workplace-Name: Some Big University
Author-Name: Engelbert Falafel
Author-Workplace-Name: Some Other University
Title: A Guide to Forecasting Agricultural Output by Following Weather
Patterns in Neighboring Areas
Abstract: In this article, we survey the literature on agricultural
output forecasting and suggest some avenues the merit particular
Classification-JEL: R00, Z0
Keywords: Forecasting, agricultural economics
Journal: Annals of Computational Economics
Mandatory are: Template-Type:, Author-Name:, Title: and Handle:. More details:
There are additional fields you may consider using, if relevant:
- Author-*: cluster
- This cluster is repeatable, just make sure each cluster starts with Author-Name:, which is the only required field of this cluster. Put each author in a different cluster. Author-Name should contain only the name, either as Firstname Lastname or Lastname, Firstname.
- While not mandatory, it is highly beneficial to have an abstract. It makes it more likely for the article to be found in a search. Note that it is possible to cut-and-paste from pdf files, so you do not need to type everything yourself...
- It is strongly recommended to have a Year: field. This allows RePEc services to display items chronologically. Undated items are typically put at the bottom of the lists, or may be ignored entirely. The format of the year is yyyy.
- Pages:, Volume:, Issue:
- RePEc services will typically attempt to sort on these to provide a better display. It is therefore quite important to have these fields. A note for electronic only journals. These might not have volumes, issues and page numbers in the usual sense.
Keeping in mind that a service sorts on year, volume, issue and page it is possible to control the display by for
example using year, leaving out volume and issue, and using a single number for page, representing the order of
- File-*: cluster
- If the article is not available online, ignore the cluster entirely. Note that this cluster is repeatable.
- Use the Journal of Economic Literature codes from this list. It is highly recommended to use them for increased exposure of the article. Avoid using the top levels of the classification, it is better to be specific.
- This uniquely identifies your article. The article handle corresponds to the series handle, plus whatever identifier you wish to use. Typically the handle is coded so as to embody the year, volume, issue and page information, as can be seen in the example.
- In the File-*: cluster, use this if the file cannot be freely downloaded, and this was not specified in the series template.
- Paper-Handle:, Chapter-Handle:, Book-Handle:, Software-Handle:
- If the article was also published as an item already in RePEc, you can link the two here. Software-Handle: applies if there is some code accompanying the paper that is also made available.
- This is the number of the article within the journal. This is only useful for online journals which do not have page numbers to identify articles.
Note that if you already have your bibliographic metadata in some database, you may want to take advantage of some existing scripts that can help you convert the data. See this blog post.
You are now ready to open your RePEc archive.