FAQ for RePEc archive maintainers, syntax issues
- Change the name for all issues, including the past ones: For this, just change the Name field in your series template.
- Create a new series with the new name: Add another series template to your aaaseri.rdf file, where aaa is your archive code. Make sure that the series handle is the archive handle plus six letters, for example RePEc:aaa:wpaper. Then create a wpaper directory within you archive directory. For more details, see the series template description from the step-by-step instructions. Note that you can link the two serials by adding the handles of the other serial in the series templates with the Predecessor and Successor fields. That way, they will be considered as one for statistical purposes, for example.
Spelling...Plain spelling mistakes, like Auhtor-Name:, Lenght:, Title : (note the extra space between "Title" and ":") happen. Using preset templates prevents that.
Use of inexistent itemsOur scripts will stumble on items that are unknown to them. For example, File-Address: does not exist, use File-URL: instead. See the ReDIF documentation for a complete list of available items.
Line starts with inappropriate itemThis can happen accidentally, for example with a title or an abstract, when by chance a line starts with a word immediately followed by a colon (":"). This is then interpreted as a tag header. The solution is to let a space precede this word.
Bad use of clustersInformation about an author has to be in one single cluster, before starting with the co-author. the same applies to various other clusters, like File-*, Maintainer-*, Publisher-*, etc. All clusters have to start with the *-Name:, for example Author-Name:, except for File-* that starts with File-URL:.
Problems with handlesEach entry must have a handle that is unique. Each handle must contain the proper archive code (3 letters) and the proper series code (6 characters). For example, for a paper it would be RePEc:cre:crefwp:75 or RePEc:wop:turnip:planting3456.
File-URL: wraps in the addressFile-URL: should not wrap in the middle of the address, no browser can understand that. The address can be put on a separate line, though, as long as it starts with a space.
Series handles do not matchThe handle for each series is specified in aaaseri.rdf and should have 6 characters (RePEc:aaa:ssssss). The items of this series should be located in a directory with the same 6 character name. Each item handle should contain the same 6 character code.
How to find out about mistakesEconPapers now offers a handy service listing all possible syntax mistakes and bad URLs. To find how your archive or series fared, find it in the RePEc Data Check.
Another reason why material does not show up is that RePEc has difficulties downloading your data. Again, check for your archive here for any message in this regard. If you do not understand the message, this page can help you.
Provider Institution: RePEc:edi:degraca
where pxx00 is the short-ID that can be found on an author's page on IDEAS or with this lookup tool. Make sure, as always, that Author-Name: is the first element of the cluster. Also, be extra careful to use the correct author short-ID, any error may attribute the paper to someone else!
Comments and additions about your own experience are welcome. Send them to Christian Zimmermann.