RePEc step-by-step tutorial

The chapter template

Chapter 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' 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 chapters published by members of your organization, use the paper template.

Let us have a look at a typical template:
Template-Type: ReDIF-Chapter 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
Editor-Name: Charlie Doe
Editor-Name: Engelbert Falafel
Editor-Workplace-Name: Some Other University
Title:  A Guide to Forecasting Agricultural Output by Following Weather
Patterns in Neighboring Areas
Book-Title: Forecasting in Agricultural Economies
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
In-Book: RePEc:aaa:ecbook:23
Pages: 1-58
Volume: 1
Chapter: 1
Edition: 1
Year: 1999
Month: February
File-Format: Application/pdf
File-Format: text/html
Handle: RePEc:aaa:ecchap:23-01

Mandatory are: Template-Type:, Author-Name:, Title: and Handle:. More details:

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.
Editor-*: cluster
Same logic as for Author-*: cluster. This cluster pertains to the editor(s) of the book if this is an edited volume. If not present, and if the In-Book: is also not present, the author(s) of the book is assumed to be the author(s) of the chapter.
While not mandatory, it is highly beneficial to have an abstract. It makes it more likely for the chapter 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.
If the book in which this chapter is published is also indexed in RePEc, put its handle here.
File-*: cluster
If the chapter 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 the top levels of the classification, try to be specific.
This uniquely identifies the chapter. The chapter handle corresponds to the series handle, plus whatever identifier you wish to use.
There are additional fields you may consider using, if relevant:
In the File-*: cluster, use this if the file cannot be freely downloaded, and this was not specified in the series template.
Put anything you deem relevant that did not fit elsewhere here.
Paper-Handle:, Article-Handle:, Book-Handle:, Software-Handle:
If the chapter 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.
ISBN of the volume.
DOI of the volume or the chapter.

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.

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