OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.46 – October 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.

News

The Publications Team are still working from home; however, we are hoping to begin offering monthly virtual training sessions on the use of Worktribe’s Outputs module, starting in November. These sessions will be hosted on an invite-only basis, but if you are keen to sign up for one please get in touch!

Also, in case you missed it, you might be interested in reading our Open Access Week blog post. It highlights a number of resources for materials that have been made openly available and which may be useful for your studies or research.

Content

OpenAIR currently contains 4148 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/968524 = MABON, L., KAWABE, M., HUANG, Y.-C., MOLLER, L., GU, J., WAKAMORI, D., NARITA, K., ITO, T., MATSUMOTO, A., NIIZEKI, K., SUZUKI, S. and WATANABE, M. 2020. Inherent resilience, major marine environmental change and revitalisation of coastal communities in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction [online], 51, article ID 101852. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101852

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 626
Gray’s School of Art – 262
Law School – 180
School of Applied Social Studies – 161
School of Computing – 544
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 475
School of Engineering – 612
School of Health Sciences – 187
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice – 311
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 656
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 286
Other departments – 30

Downloads

Last month, in September, there were a total of 2977 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 28.10.2020.

Open Access Week 2020

Welcome to OAW2020!

As many of you may know, towards the end of October each year we usually celebrate International Open Access Week. This event is also celebrated by many other people and institutions around the world, and it aims to raise awareness of the importance of Open Access within the research landscape.

What is Open Access?

As a reminder, Open Access means making the results of research as widely available, as easily accessible and as flexibly reusable as possible. Traditionally, research has been shared largely in the form of pay-to-read books and journals, distributed under strict copyright rules that limit what people can do with the material that they have paid to read. When something is made open access, it means that it is permanently free to read and is also accompanied by more liberal permissions for how the material can be used. You can read more about Open Access in our guide on the basics.

Open Access is incredibly important for everyone. From the perspective of researchers, it means that their work is more likely to be read, cited and used, which means that their research is likely to be more impactful. It also means that it is far easier for researchers to share their results with each other, rapidly accelerating the speed of progress in advancing knowledge and understanding of complex issues. This is why, for example, most publishers agreed to make all COVID-19 research open access (though only temporarily) – to hasten the development of a vaccine.

From the perspective of other people, Open Access makes it possible for high quality research to more easily affect practical applications, such as helping to improve fitness coaching, environmental policy or fire safety. It is particularly useful for individuals, institutions or countries with limited financial resources, who might otherwise not be able to pay for access to traditionally-published research.

What are RGU doing to celebrate OAW2020?

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for the Publications Team to work from home, we have not been able to prepare any special events for this week – nor will we be touring the campus to hand out free food as we have done in previous years. However, we hope to use this blog post to raise awareness of Open Access within the RGU community, and to point people in the direction of some open access resources that you might find interesting or useful.

The resources below are split up into three sections: browser extensions, general databases and subject-specific databases.

Browser ExtensionDescription
Open Access ButtonEnter the details of an article on the Open Access Button website, or simply click on the browser extension icon (on Chrome or Firefox) when viewing the page for an article. This resource will then search thousands of sources to try and find a free and legal copy of the full text for you. If it cannot find such a copy for you, it will also start a request that can be sent directly to the author of the article.
UnpaywallClick on the browser extension icon (on Chrome or Firefox) when viewing the page for an article. This resource will then search the Unpaywall database for a free and legal copy of the full text for you.
General DatabaseDescription
DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books)The DOAB aims to increase the discoverability of open access books. You can use the DOAB website to search or browse for openly available books, linking from the directory to the publisher’s website, where you can then read the books for free!
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)The DOAJ aims to host a curated list of high quality, peer-reviewed open access journals. You can use the DOAJ website to search or browse for open access journals and articles, linking from the directory to the publisher’s website, where you can then read the journal content for free!
EThOSEThOS is the British Library’s database of doctoral theses written at institutions across the United Kingdom. Many of these theses are available for immediate download from the EThOS website, which harvests content from open access institutional repositories.
OpenAIR@RGUOpenAIR is the open access institutional repository for RGU, which currently holds over four thousand outputs such as book chapters, conference papers and journal articles. While it includes some embargoed content (which will eventually become open access), most of the outputs are available for immediate download from the OpenAIR website.
OpenAIRENot to be confused with OpenAIR@RGU, OpenAIRE is the European repository for research, harvesting content from open access institutional repositories across Europe (including the United Kingdom). You can search the OpenAIRE Explore website for over 116 million publications, over 14 million datasets and almost 200,000 pieces of researcher-developed software, all of which are openly accessible and reusable.
Subject-Specific DatabaseDescription
arXivarXiv is a database of freely-available working papers and pre-prints in various mathematics-focused fields, such as physics, computer science, quantitative finance and electrical engineering.
Free Music ArchiveThe FMA is a curated database of high-quality, legal audio downloads. Every audio file in the library has clear information about how it can be reused.
Nature CommunicationsThis journal provides open access to all its contents, publishing high impact research from all areas of the natural sciences.
Wellcome Open ResearchThis database has been provided by the Wellcome Trust have provided this database to make it easier for Wellcome-funded researchers in various health sciences to share their results, even ahead of publication.
World Bank Open Knowledge RepositoryThe OKR is a database of over 31,000 open access publications from the World Bank Group, on many different subjects associated with economics and international development.

We hope that you enjoy exploring these resources and reading about Open Access. If you have any questions or would like to know more about how RGU supports Open Access, please get in touch with the Publications Team and we will be happy to provide more information!

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.45 – September 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.

News

We wish all staff and students a positive start to the new academic year, with an especial welcome to any people for whom this will be their first academic year at RGU. The Publications Team are still working from home and we do not yet have an update on when we may be able to offer training on the use of Worktribe’s Outputs module. We are also not intending to run any events for the annual “Open Access Week” this year, as we have not had sufficient time or resources to be able to run anything online. We apologise for this continued inconvenience.

Although we will not be present on campus during Open Access Week, you can still contact us with any questions or consult our online researcher guides for various information. You may particularly want to read the following guides:

Content

OpenAIR currently contains 4102 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/965220 = HENDERSON, L., BAIN, H., ALLAN, E. and KENNEDY, C. 2020. Integrated health and social care in the community: a critical integrative review of the experiences and wellbeing needs of service users and their families. Health and Social Care in the Community [online], (accepted).
  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/951677 = AGOURIS, I., KOUMOULLIS, H., ATHANASOPOULOS, T. and PARSON, S. 2020. The application of 3D motion analysis in surgical evaluation and training: a pilot study. British Journal of Surgery [online], 107(Sup 3): special Issue of abstracts and presentations from the Association of surgeons in training (ASiT) international surgical conference, 6-8th March 2020, Birmingham, UK, page 171. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/bjs.11642
  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/962219 = MAUGHAN, P., MACFARLANE, N. and SWINTON, P. [2020]. Relationship between subjective, and external, training load variables in youth soccer players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance [online], (accepted).

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 619
Gray’s School of Art – 263
Law School – 180
School of Applied Social Studies – 161
School of Computing – 537
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 472
School of Engineering – 595
School of Health Sciences – 186
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice – 305
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 651
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 285
Other departments – 26

Downloads

Last month, in August, there were a total of 2915 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 29.09.2020.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.44 – August 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.

News

As the start of Semester One approaches, we hope that many researchers and students will be able to make use of campus facilities again. We know that the Estates team have been working hard to make the campus as safe an environment as possible. From the library perspective, we are hoping to operate some on-campus services during the semester, so keep an eye on the Library Matters blog for further updates about what services will be available.

Meanwhile, the Publications Team are still working from home and we do not yet have an update on when we may be able to offer training on the use of Worktribe’s Outputs module. We apologise for this continued inconvenience.

As a reminder, we have various information about Open Access in our online researcher guides. You may particularly want to read the following guides:

Content

OpenAIR currently contains 4036 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 602
Gray’s School of Art – 257
Law School – 177
School of Applied Social Studies – 156
School of Computing – 528
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 469
School of Engineering – 589
School of Health Sciences – 184
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice – 303
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 639
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 281
Other departments – 26

Downloads

Last month, in July, there were a total of 2971 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 27.08.2020.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.43 – July 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.

News

We hope that everyone is staying home, staying safe and staying well during the pandemic. We have suspended our training sessions on the use of Worktribe until access to campus facilities has been restored. All other repository services are operating as usual, though we apologise for any additional delays while the Publications Team do our best to work from home.

Content

OpenAIR currently contains 3965 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 583
Gray’s School of Art – 256
Law School – 176
School of Applied Social Studies – 145
School of Computing and Digital Media – 525
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 467
School of Engineering – 585
School of Health Sciences – 181
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 288
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 629
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 277
Other departments – 20

Downloads

Last month, in June, there were a total of 2984 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 29.07.2020.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.42 – June 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.

News

We hope that everyone is staying home, staying safe and staying well during the pandemic. We have suspended our training sessions on the use of Worktribe until access to campus facilities has been restored. All other repository services are operating as usual, though we apologise for any additional delays while the Publications Team do our best to work from home.

Content

OpenAIR currently contains 3890 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 573
Gray’s School of Art – 254
Law School – 174
School of Applied Social Studies – 144
School of Computing and Digital Media – 516
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 461
School of Engineering – 572
School of Health Sciences – 175
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 281
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 613
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 271
Other departments – 19

Downloads

Last month, in May, there were a total of 3338 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 29.06.2020.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.41 – May 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.

News

We hope that everyone is staying home, staying safe and staying well during the pandemic. We have suspended our training sessions on the use of Worktribe until access to campus facilities has been restored. All other repository services are operating as usual, though we apologise for any additional delays while the Publications Team do our best to work from home.

Content

OpenAIR currently contains 3845 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/887924 = SAUNDERS, F. R., GREGORY, J. S., PAVLOVA, A. V., MUTHURI, S. G., HARDY, R. J., MARTIN, K. R., BARR, R.J., ADAMS, J.E., KUH, D., ASPDEN, R.M., COOPER, R. and IRELAND, A. [2020]. Motor development in infancy and spine shape in early old age: findings from a British birth cohort study. Journal of Orthopaedic Research [online], Early View. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.24656
  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/918078 = ELLIS, P.E., BARRON, G.A., and BERMANO, G. [2020]. Adipocytokines and their relationship to endometrial cancer risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Gynecologic Oncology [online], (accepted).

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 572
Gray’s School of Art – 253
Law School – 172
School of Applied Social Studies – 142
School of Computing and Digital Media – 510
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 459
School of Engineering – 566
School of Health Sciences – 173
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 270
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 601
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 269
Other departments – 19

Downloads

Last month, in April, there were a total of 3041 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 27.05.2020.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.40 – April 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.

News

We hope that everyone is staying home, staying safe and staying well during the pandemic. We have suspended our training sessions on the use of Worktribe until access to campus facilities has been restored. All other repository services are operating as usual, though we apologise for any additional delays while the Publications Team do our best to work from home.

Content

OpenAIR currently contains 3801 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 568
Gray’s School of Art – 250
Law School – 171
School of Applied Social Studies – 141
School of Computing and Digital Media – 499
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 458
School of Engineering – 561
School of Health Sciences – 173
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 263
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 592
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 265
Other departments – 19

Downloads

Last month, in March, there were a total of 3071 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 29.04.2020.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.39 – March 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.

News

We hope that everyone is staying home, staying safe and staying well during the pandemic. We have suspended our training sessions on the use of Worktribe until access to campus facilities has been restored. All other repository services are operating as usual, though we apologise for any additional delays while the Publications Team do our best to work from home.

It has been good to hear that many publishers have agreed to provide open access to publications that relate to the coronavirus pandemic, in order to help accelerate research in response to the public health emergency. You may be interested to read the following preprint, which argues that the clear benefits for global research and knowledge mean that this should be the default for all scholarly communication, not just limited to health research in response to a crisis: https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/8yk62

Content

OpenAIR currently contains 3758 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/887353 = MARTIN, K., WIRATUNGA, N. and SANI, S. [2020]. Locality sensitive batch selection for triplet networks. To be presented at the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) World computational intelligence congress (WCCI 2020), co-located with 2020 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2020), 2020 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2020), and IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2020), 19-24 July 2020, Glasgow, UK.
  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/886985 = WIJEKOON, A., WIRATUNGA, N. and COOPER, K. [2020]. Heterogeneous multi-modal sensor fusion with hybrid attention for exercise recognition. To be presented at the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) World computational intelligence congress (WCCI 2020), co-located with 2020 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2020), 2020 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2020), and IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2020), 19-24 July 2020, Glasgow, UK.

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 562
Gray’s School of Art – 250
Law School – 169
School of Applied Social Studies – 137
School of Computing and Digital Media – 488
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 457
School of Engineering – 554
School of Health Sciences – 171
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 257
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 586
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 264
Other departments – 19

Downloads

Last month, in February, there were a total of 5118 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 31.03.2020.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.38 – February 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.

News

We are currently offering one-to-one sessions for researchers on how to capture outputs on Worktribe. If you are interested in having one of these sessions and have not yet heard from us, please e-mail the team to arrange an appointment.

Content

OpenAIR currently contains 3704 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/840869 = IRONSIDE, R. 2019. ‘Seeing’ ghosts: referential practice and experiencing uncanny events together. Presented at the 2019 International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis conference (IIEMCA 19): practices, 2-5 July 2019, Mannheim, Germany.

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 559
Gray’s School of Art – 247
Law School – 168
School of Applied Social Studies – 136
School of Computing and Digital Media – 481
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 452
School of Engineering – 530
School of Health Sciences – 170
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 253
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 576
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 262
Other departments – 21

Downloads

Last month, in January, there were a total of 4587 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 26.02.2020.