AEA Data and Code Guidance

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Guidance for authors wishing to create data and code supplements, and for replicators.

Guidance on how to deposit data at the AEA Data and Code Repository

On this page:

Prior to upload

Please verify:

General guidelines

Start by following instructions provided at the Repository.

Checklist

Required elements

The following elements are required:

The following elements are highly recommended for better inclusion in search engines:

Suggested

The following elements are suggested for certain types of data, and may not apply to all types of data:

Details

Describe the project

screenshot of project description

Uploading

Upload files in the way you expect the files to be organized in order to run the code.

  • DO NOT UPLOAD A ZIP FILE - IMPORT IT!
  • ANY OTHER COMPRESSION FORMAT [RAR,7z, etc.]: CONVERT TO ZIP BEFORE IMPORTING!

screenshot of upload and import options

Ideal structure

Your deposit should have

[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.

You should see something like this:

data_directory/
prog_directory/
README.pdf
LICENSE.txt

(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).

Additional metadata

metadata of project

Click on each + to open the related section:

Scope of project section

scope of project

Methodology section

methodology section

related publications

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:

submit project

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.

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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:

Article title:
Authors:
Project number:
Version number:

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).