Published May 26, 2015 | Version v1
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Assessing a Human Mediated Current Awareness Service

  • 1. GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Unter Sachsenhausen 6–8, 50667 Köln, Germany
  • 2. Open Library Society


In this paper, we present an approach for analyzing the behaviour of editors
in the large current awareness service “NEP: New Economics Papers”. We
processed data from more than 38,000 issues derived from 90 different NEP
reports over the past ten years. The aim of our analysis was to gain an inside
to the editor behaviour when creating an issue and to look for factors that
influence the success of a report. In our study, we looked at the following
features: average editing time, the average number of papers in an issue and
the editor effort measured on presorted issues as relative search length
(RSL). We found an average issue size of 12.4 documents per issue. The
average editing time is rather low with 14.5 minutes. We conclude that the
success of a report is mainly driven by its topic and the number of subscribers,
as well as proactive action by the editor to promote the report in her



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