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Publishing on EconStor top

EconStor provides a basis for the free publication of academic literature in economics. Any research facility and any scholar may publish relevant publications in economics on EconStor under the terms of Open Access and thus permanently preserve them. The self-uploading process on EconStor is intended mainly for entering texts already published and/or reviewed as postprints (author’s versions, final drafts) or original documents (publishers’ versions). You can also publish other types of documents (working or discussion papers and other preprints, theses, conference proceedings, research reports, reports, expert opinions, reviews) as long as they are not contained within series fully provided and maintained by EconStor.

Please note that we can only accept titles in English or German.

Series such as working or discussion papers as well as e-journals are usually entered as complete collections by the EconStor team. This means that EconStor will take care of all steps from processing title data and supplementary data such as abstracts, keywords and JEL codes to the upload of PDF files. If you would like to publish your working paper on EconStor, please verify first that the corresponding working paper series is not yet available on EconStor. If you are the publisher of a series or an e-journal and would like to make these available on EconStor, please contact

If you are using the self-uploading system for the first time, you have to register first. For this, you have to send an e-mail with your contact information and details regarding your academic institution to After the EconStor team has processed the information you will receive an e-mail with a link to the registration page.

An online form is provided for entering your documents which guides you step-by-step through the process of:

  1. entering a bibliographic description of your publication
  2. uploading the electronic full-text into EconStor
  3. verifying the entered bibliographic data and the uploaded document and
  4. concluding the licence agreement.

After you have entered your publications, our team at EconStor will check the information you provide and supplement it if necessary. After this, your document will be unlocked and thus be accessible in Open Access. You will receive confirmation by e-mail which also contains the persistent citable link to your publication.

Communities and Collections top

The content of EconStor is organised in Communities and Collections. These Communities are usually universities or research institutes. Within these institutions, subdivisions can be established such as departments or schools of universities or departments of research institutes. Series and journals published by or at these institutions are assigned to them as collections. Individual publications by members of universities or research institutes can also be assigned to institutions in particular collections. Publications can also be arranged into collections under functional aspects (research projects, special collections). Each community can have an unlimited number of subdivisions and collections assigned to it.

Browse top

Browse allows you to go through a list of items sorted by various criteria.

Browse by Communities & Collections allows you to move through a complete list of communities and their assigned subdivisions and collections. The results lists of Communities or Collections can also be sorted by title or year of publications. Browsing by author’s name and subject headings is also possible within Communities and Collections. A simple search option for subject headings, keywords or author’s name in Communities / Collections is also available.

Browse by Subject heading allows you to move through a list of all subject headings used as descriptors for publications on EconStor.

Browse by Author allows you to move through an alphabetical list of authors of all publications and material on EconStor.

Browse by JEL allows you to select from a list of JEL codes assigned to publications. The number next to the JEL code tells you how many publications are available on EconStor.

Browse by date allows you to move through a list of all publications and material on EconStor sorted by year of publication.

Simple search top

The simple search can be found in the left-hand upper part of the user interface:

Search Box

to limit your search to a particular community or a particular collection, navigate to that community or collection and use the search bar on that page.

Search Box Collection

EconStor uses the Jakarta Lucene search engine. Here are some search hints:

Simple keyword search: The word(s) you enter in the search box will be searched against all existing metadata fields (title, author, source, abstract, subject headings) of each item's record. In addition, the full text of all archived documents will be searched. After each search query the field below the search bar offers you subject headings from a controlled vocabulary, the Standard Thesaurus for Economics, as a tag cloud. The font size of the headings reflects their frequency within EconStor. Clicking on a heading transfers it into the search bar for a new search:


What is not searched – Stop words
The search engine ignores the following frequently used words: „a“, „and“, „are“, „as“, „at“, „be“, „but“, „by“, „for“, „if“, „in“, „into“, „is“,„it“,„no“,„not“, „of“, „on“, „or“, „such“, „the“, „to“, „was„

Searchable characters
The search in EconStor is Unicode-compatible, which means you can directly enter umlauts, diacritics and non-western characters (e.g. cyrillic script). They will be retrieved if they exist in the same coding in the document and cannot be transcribed when entering a search term. They cannot be substituted with apparently equivalent characters: Taetigkeit will not find Tätigkeit, Abschlussbericht will not find Abschlußbericht, etc. There is no distinction between upper and lower case (euro will find Euro and euro), not even in phrase searching

Stemming and truncation
The search engine automatically expands words with common endings to include plurals, past tenses, etc., which means a search for organize will also retrieve organization and organized. For exact searches please use phrase searching (see below). Use an asterisk (*) after a word stem to get all hits having words starting with that root, for example: econom* will retrieve economic, economist, economy. The asterisk can also be used as a wild card to replace any number of letters within a word: econom*c will retrieve economic and econometric.

Phrase searching
To search using multiple words as a phrase, put quotation marks ("") around the phrase, e.g. "willingness to pay". Phrase searching can also be used for individual search terms to suppress stemming, e.g. "organize".

Boolean searching
The following Boolean operators can be used to combine terms. Note that they must be CAPITALIZED

AND – to limit searches to find items containing all words or phrases combined with this operator, e.g. appreciation AND euro will retrieve all items that contain BOTH the words "appreciation" and "Euro".

OR – to enlarge searches to find items containing any of the words or phrases surrounding this operator, e.g.
appreciation OR euro will retrieve all items that contain the words "appreciation" and all items that contain the word "Euro". OR is the default setting for searches and does not need to be entered expressly: appreciation euro will retrieve the same results as appreciation OR euro.

NOT – to exclude items containing the word following this operator, e.g.
appreciation NOT euro will retrieve all items that contain the word "appreciation" EXCEPT those also containing the word "euro".

Parentheses can be used in the search query to group search terms into sets, and operators can then be applied to the whole set, e.g.
(appreciation OR euro) AND (convergence OR debt). This will retrieve all items that contain appreciation or Euro and additionally convergence or debt.

Advanced search top

The advanced search page allows you to specify the fields you wish to search, and to combine these searches with the Boolean "AND", "OR" or "NOT". Some searchable fields are not available for all documents (JEL codes or ISBN numbers are frequently missing).

You can limit the search to an community, a subdivision or a collection. Choose a field from the column “category” and enter the search term into the box on the right. You can combine the search terms with the Boolean "AND", "OR" or "NOT".

The following search fields are available:

Author – enter the author’s name as Last name, first name(s). When you enter the first letters, a complete index list of author’s names pops up from which you can select the one you are looking for. Clicking on the name transfers it into the search box.

Title – enter one or more keywords from the title of the publication.

Subject heading – When you enter the first letters of a search term, a list of subject headings from the Standard Thesaurus Economics pops up. Pick a suitable heading from the list and click it to transfer it into the search box.

JEL – You can search for the classes of the Journal of Economic Literature Classification (JEL) JEL classes are entered as an alphanumerical code (e.g. A12). When you enter the first letter you will see a list of classes and a brief description. You can transfer the JEL codes to the search box by clicking them.

Abstract – the abstracts of publications with individual keywords.

Series – search with keywords from the titles of series. Use the quotation marks of phrase searching when entering the exact title of a series, e.g. "IZA discussion paper series".

Languages (ISO) – use the three-digit language codes of ISO 693-2 .

Document type – you can search for the following types of documents:

Document typeDescription
ArticleJournal article
BookBook, monograph
Book PartArticle in a book/edited volume
Book ReviewBook review
Conference PaperIndividual paper in a conference proceedings volume
Contribution to PeriodicalArticle in a newspaper, magazine or other non-academic periodical
Doctoral thesisDoctoral thesis
LectureLecture, speech or presentation at an academic event
MasterthesisMaster or diploma thesis
PreprintPreliminary publication which is not published as part of an (institutional) series
Research ReportAlso includes expert opinions, reports to sponsoring institutions etc.
Working PaperPreliminary publication in an institutional series, e.g. Discussion Paper Series
OtherAll others

ISBN – search for International Standard Book Numbers, e.g. 978-3-17-019437-3. Some documents have both ten-digit and thirteen-digit ISBNs, but can be retrieved only with one of them. Some ISBNs have been entered without hyphens and must be searched for with the same spelling.

Source – search within the source citation of an article, e.g. journal title, book title, editor, publisher, place of publication.