Guidance on how to deposit data at the AEA Data and Code Repository
- Start by following instructions provided at the Repository.
- Upload files in the way you expect the files to be organized in order to run the code. It is possible to IMPORT a ZIP file. Replicators will be downloading a ZIP file that preserves the directory structure.
- Please upload the README (in PDF, TXT, or MD format) 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.
- Give the data/project a title:
- The title should be “
Data and Code for: [Title of article]”
Describe the project:
- The authors should be those who compiled the data and code. This may differ (if necessary) from the article.
- The summary might be short. It can include the abstract of the article itself. It does not need to include information on the related article (which has its own field).
- Identify any funding sources here - the information can be queried by some funders, and can assist with your award reporting.
- Authors MUST provide JEL codes
- We ENCOURAGE authors to provide additional subject terms
- Authors MUST provide the Manuscript Number, as this will allow us to properly connect the repository with the manuscript.
- When only code is produced, authors should choose
data type = program source code:
- When data are provided, authors are ENCOURAGED to define
- the geographical scope
- the universe
- the time periods
- data type
- This information can also be provided when only code is made available.
- 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)
Authors should add a placeholder here for their planned publication. The AEA editorial office will update these fields as additional information (publication year, volume, issue, DOI) become known.
- 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.
Sundry other items
- When importing a ZIP file, MacOS users will see that a folder called “__MACOSX” was created. PLEASE DELETE THIS FOLDER (a request has been filed with ICPSR as of Q3 2019 to fix this issue).