Please upload the README (in PDF, TXT, or MD format - no Word documents!) as the very first file - ensuring that it can be found easily by browsers of the archive.
Please upload the README to the root of the repository - any data and code can be in subdirectories, but it is easier to find the README if it is not in subdirectories.
Even better if it is part of your ZIP file that you import.
There should be no duplicate README files in the repository
If the UNCOMPRESSED contents of the deposit (the UNZIPPED size of the ZIP file) are larger than 30GB, please send an email to the AEA Data Editor to request an increase in the quota. Reasonable requests will be authorized. Size of the deposit is never a reason not to provide materials, as we have found solutions for every single case so far.
If you have more than 1,000 files in your deposit, talk to us before uploading.
Your deposit should have
no redundant directories: the first thing you should see is the README and any subdirectories
there should be no ZIP files!
the structure should be as you last ran the code
[NOTE] The AEA staff will not re-arrange or otherwise restructure your deposit in any way. What you see in the deposit interface is what others will see once it is published.
(the LICENSE.txt is optional if you want to adopt one of the standard openICPSR licenses upon publication. See our licensing guidance for other options).
Click on each + to open the related section:
Scope of project section
We ENCOURAGE authors to provide additional subject terms
Authors MUST provide JEL codes (under “Scope of Project”)
Authors MUST provide the Manuscript Number, as this will allow us to properly connect the repository with the manuscript.
When data are provided, authors are ENCOURAGED to define
the geographical scope(s)
the time period(s)
Most fields are repeatable, please enter as many values as needed. For instance, if subsets of the data cover different periods (e.g., 1999-2019 and 2004-2019). Just click “add value” next to the time period field for each time period.
This information can also be provided when only code is made available.
When only code is produced, authors should choose data type = program source code:
Methodology is particularly relevant for survey or experimental data:
response rates, sampling rates, etc.
We ENCOURAGE all authors to define
the unit of observation (e.g. individual, firm, establishment, county, country)
Related publications section
Authors can also link back to working papers or related publications that have or will use this (same!) data.
Future functionality will automatically list articles (including articles by third parties) that cite the data.
Authors do not need to add their (forthcoming) publication here. The AEA editorial office will add the bibliographic information prior to publication.
Submitting to the Data Editor
Once you are satisfied that all data files are present, are complete, and all metadata is satisfactory, including all required elements filled out, you should submit the deposit, by changing the status of the deposit:
Choose “Submit to AEA” under “Change Status”.
Should you have forgotten something, you can “recall” the submission.
Citing Your Deposit
At present (2020), the openICPSR repository does not display the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) that will be associated with your deposit. However, it can be deduced easily.
Each openICPSR project has a number (e.g., “109622”), that might show up on the right panel:
if the openICPSR project has not been published, then the DOI will be “http://doi.org/10.3886/E” + number + “V1” (e.g. http://doi.org/10.3886/E109622V1)
if the project has already been published before, and you are updating it, then the “V1” will be incremented. See our FAQ
Romer, Christina D., and David H. Romer. 2010. “Replication data for: The Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Changes: Estimates Based on a New Measure of Fiscal Shocks.” American Economic Association [publisher], Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor]. https://doi.org/10.3886/E112357V1.
Give it a try:
Sundry other items
Once the replication package has been published, should you need to make updates, you can “Create a new version”. This will be published subject to the revision policy of the AEA (soon).