European Research Papers Archive

1 March 2015: Given the considerable change of the Internet over the past 15 years (with, among others, the advent of Google Scholar and similar online services), it has been decided to terminate the ERPA service. The data has been archived, the search engine is no longer functional, no further papers will be included.

What was ERPA?

The ERPA network was founded by the then Harvard Jean Monnet Chair, Prof. J.H.H. Weiler; the then directors of the Cologne Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Prof. Fritz Scharpf and Prof. Wolfgang Streeck; Prof. Philip Alston (then Academy of European Law) and Prof. Yves Mény (then Robert Schuman Centre) of the European University Institute; and the founding editor of the European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Dr. Michael Nentwich. The editors of the founding series, resp. their successors, were members of the management board. In the meantime, a number of further papers joined the network since then (see below).

ERPA's aim was to provide a common access point for the online working paper series and E-journals of the participating institutions in order to help researchers in the field of European Integration studies searching the growing number of working papers now available in the internet. ERPA is confined to high quality series in order to guarantee high standards. The participating series editors achieved this high level of scholarship by different means: while the Max Planck Institute, and the Harvard Jean Monnet Chair practise high-level internal refereeing, the Robert Schuman Centre and the EIoP have a double-blind review process with two referees per paper. All further participating series subscribed to a similar high-quality policy (see descriptions below).

How complete was the ERPA database? It includes all papers of the participating series which deal with aspects of European Integration and are available online. See for details about the participating series on the pages below. Other papers cannot be searched via ERPA but have to be accessed through the participating institutes' homepages or ordered directly.

ERPA was open for new members which meet certain conditions.

See for further details on the members of the ERPA network and their series:

  1. RSCAS Working papers of the European University Institute (founding member)
  2. Jean Monnet Working Papers (previously: Harvard Jean Monnet Working Papers Series; founding member)
  3. Discussion Papers & Working Papers of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (founding member)
  4. European Integration online Papers (EIoP) (founding member)
  5. Working papers of ARENA (Advanced Research on the Europeanisation of the Nation-State) (joined 1998)
  6. Working papers of the MZES (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research) (joined 1999)
  7. The ESRC One Europe or Several? Programme Working papers (joined 2001)
  8. Queen’s Papers on Europeanisation (joined 2001)
  9. Constitutionalism Web-Papers (ConWEB) (joined 2003)
  10. Department of Law working papers of the European University Institute (EUI)(joined 2004)
  11. European Governance Papers (EUROGOV) (joined 2006)
  12. RECON (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe) Online Working Papers (joined 2007)
  13. EUROSPHERE Working Paper Series (EWP) (joined 2009)
  14. Living Reviews in European Governance (LREG) (joined 2009)
  15. Les Cahiers européens du Centre d'études européennes at Sciences Po (joined 2010)
  16. Europe in Question Discussion Paper Series of the London School of Economics (LEQs) (joined 2011)
  17. Working Paper Series of the Vienna Institute for European Research (EIF) (joined 2011)
  18. KFG Working Paper Series of the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science at the Free University Berlin (joined 2011)
  19. Cahiers du CEVIPOL/Brussels Working papers of the Centre d'étude de la vie politique (CEVIPOL) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (joined 2013)

All papers in ERPA are included in the database with the following details:

  • author(s)
  • title
  • keywords
  • date of publication
  • full text
  • abstract (not available for all)

There were two different search forms, a shorter and a longer one: The shorter gave you the opportunity to update yourself on the latest entries in the ERPA database and to make a simple query in the authors' and titles' database. The longer, advanced search form gave you access to all search modes, including full text search. Here, you may choose whether to search in all participating series or in only one or some of them. The search result is a list of papers matching your search string including a clickable reference to the respective papers.

Some dates:

Nov. 1997   Network founded
8 Sept. 1998   ERPA launched. (press release)
5 Nov. 1998   ARENA joined. (press release)
17 Dec. 1999   MZES joined. (press release)
23 July 2001   One Europe or Several? series joined. (press release)
22 Aug. 2001   The new search software released. Search in the meta data is now much faster.
12 Oct. 2001   ERPA joined the RePEc network of archives.
5 Nov. 2001   Queen’s Papers on Europeanisation joined. (press release)
4 Nov. 2002   New abstract feature implemented.
3 March 2003   ERPA registered as an OAI-compatible data-provider. (Identifier request)
7 April 2003   ConWEB papers joined. (press release)
June/May 2004   ConWEB series moved to Queen's University server; Queen's papers moved to new CMS system.
27 July 2004   EUI-LAW series joined; EUI-RSCAS series moved to new directory. (press release)
5 Oct 2004   All ERPA papers included in AEIPlus – the OAI archive for papers in European Integration research, managed by the Univ. of Pittsburgh.  
11 Nov 2005   ERPA included in Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) service. (CIAO)
11 May 2006   EUROGOV series joined. (press release)
23 July 2007   ERPA listed in DOAR; various policies defined.
16 Nov 2007   RECON series joined. (press release)
3 March 2008   New feedback form implemented  
10 July 2009   EWP and LREG joined. (press release)
15 Nov 2010   Science Po joined (press release)
8 Feb 2011   LSE and EIF joined (press release)
5 Sept 2011   KFG joined (press release)
21 Jan 2013   CEVIPOL joined (press release)
1 March 2015 ERPA terminated; ERPA database archived and moved to another server Archive

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