Open Access Week: Open In Order To… Maximise Impact


Today’s blog post is our first response to the theme of “Open In Order To…” Arguably, the most significant benefit of Open Access is that it helps to maximise the impact of research.

Making research freely available online helps to remove financial barriers to readership; although Internet access continues to be limited or unavailable for many people, Open Access nevertheless opens research to far larger an audience than is available through traditional (i.e. pay-to-view) models of dissemination. Having a larger audience means that research is also more likely to have impact, as more people are able to learn from its findings. For example, owners of small businesses are more likely to benefit from management research, and healthcare practitioners are more likely to be able to implement the conclusions from health research in their day-to-day work. Moreover, it can help research to have a real impact on key policy decisions, whether local, national or international in scope.

While the Publications Team at RGU Library are not able to keep track of the impact that RGU’s open access research is having, we can demonstrate just how much it is being used, which may give an indication of how many people may be benefitting from it. In the past five years, there have been 273,746 downloads from OpenAIR@RGU, of which one of our most frequently-downloaded items is an article on green consumerism with 8,725 downloads since it was added to the repository in August 2014. As a result of publisher restrictions on Green Open Access (where we make a version of an article openly available on OpenAIR, but it is published as pay-to-view on the publisher’s website), we often apply embargoes to our records, while still making them discoverable to the general public. In the past year alone, we have received 126 requests for access to embargoed publications, many of which our researchers have helped to fulfil by providing one-to-one copies in line with publisher permissions.

Below is a graph, showing a breakdown of download figures from OpenAIR since December 2012. As you can see, the overall trend indicates that downloads are increasing:


If you are an RGU researcher and want to find out more about how to get your research on OpenAIR, or if you are interested in your personal usage figures, just get in touch with the team at!


Open Access Week: Welcome to Open Access Week 2017!


This is the first in a series of blog posts we are producing to celebrate International Open Access Week 2017. See here for full details of the event and what we are doing to coincide with it at RGU.

Open Access means making research outputs (like journal articles and conference papers) freely available online under open licences that enable other people to re-use them. It is related to other “Open” movements, such as Open Education and Open Data. As a globally-recognised event, Open Access Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of- and encourage engagement with Open Access, and to celebrate the benefits that it offers.

“Open In Order To…” is the theme of this year’s event. It prompts us to think specifically about what Open Access can help to achieve. Over the next few days, we’ll be making several blog posts that suggest responses to this theme. You can also engage in discussions on this theme with the rest of the Open Access community on Twitter, using #OAweek and #OpenInOrderTo.

Meanwhile, we will also be hosting a pop-up stand that will appear at various locations across campus throughout the week. Keep an eye out for us (we’ll be wearing bright orange waistcoats!) and come talk to us; we’ll be offering free, Open Access-themed foods as well!

Open Access Week Coming Soon!


From Monday 23rd through Friday 27th October, the Library will be doing a variety of activities to celebrate Open Access Week – an international event about open access to research.

To find out more about Open Access and our plans for Open Access Week, check out our researcher guide:

If you have any questions not answered by our guide, feel free to contact us at

We hope to see you at one of our stands or drop-ins!

Using European Data

You may find the following webinar recordings and workshops on European data useful. They have been funded/provided by CESSDA ERIC 


Publishing with Springer & ORCID

Springer are encouraging authors to use their ORCID iD when submitting publications. Many researchers share the same name, while others’ names change throughout their career. With an ORCID iD, you can persistently associate your name with your research works.  In Springer Nature’s as well as in many other publishers’ article submission systems you have the option of including your ORCID iD. If you already have an ORCID iD, Springer’s submission system will automatically fill in your profile.


School Pupils and Their Understanding of Significant Change and Losses in Life

Nonprofits Help Kids Find Hope For Life After Loss

Professor Rebecca Wallace, from the School of Health Sciences, has published a report with her collaborator Dr Ros Scott (University of Dundee) entitled ‘School pupils and their understanding of significant change and losses in life.’ The project was conducted in a central Scotland school and funded by Pallium Canada.

This study, involving pupils, parents and staff, sought to understand young people’s perceptions of loss, death and dying. This collaborative qualitative pilot study was undertaken in conjunction with colleagues in Canada and was designed to gain knowledge of how children of different ages understand loss, death and dying; the support they access and their awareness of what is available to them. The pupils in Canada were of primary school age; whereas the study’s Scottish component involved one secondary school with participants aged between 12-18 years.

Professor Wallace and Dr Scott conclude that ‘Coping skills as reported by this particular group of pupils appear to be strong. They find support from families, friends, interests and social groups. It is interesting to note that the internet, social media and written information seems to be of less significance. Parents and teachers have an important role to play in providing support. However, there is a significant disconnect between the resources that young people identified as helping them and those that parents and teachers would use or recommend. This would suggest the need to ask, rather than assume, what it is young people need. The approach to bereavement support should rather be participatory and involve the young people themselves. Peer support emerges as important to young people and this could be built upon as key resource.’

The authors recommend that further study is necessary before any conclusions may be postulated as to the place of loss, grief and death in the school curriculum. The report is available to read and download from the University’s Institutional Repository OpenAIR.

Award: G-PaTRA Green Passenger Transport in Rural Areas

Prof David Gray and Prof Richard Laing are leading G-PaTRA, funded through EU Interreg North Sea Region, with a value of €1.8m over 4 years.

The main partners in the project are:

  • University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Aalborg University (Denmark)
  • Office for Regional Development Leine and Weser (Germany)
  • HITRANS (Scotland)
  • Aberdeenshire Council (Scotland)
  • Province of Drenthe (Netherlands), Groningen Province (Netherlands)
  • East Sweden Energy Authority (Sweden)
  • National Wind Energy Centre (Norway)
  • Møre and Romsdal County Council (Norway)
  • Urban Foresight (England)
  • Taxistop (Belgium)

G-PaTRA will promote green transport and mobility by enhancing the capacity of authorities to reduce CO2 from personal transport in remote, rural and island areas. It will embed more zero emission vehicles in rural transport systems and improve available passenger transport resources.

The project will demonstrate the technical innovations required, and the institutional, operational, social innovation changes needed to do this,  and then transfer these new techniques to a wider range of North Sea Regions (NSR). By better understanding the legal, regulatory and funding regimes in partner countries, the project will also ensure that innovation is transferable between jurisdictions..

This project is important because:

  • Rural public transport is high carbon, subsidy intensive and struggles to provide an alternative to the car.
  • Urban transport carbon reduction strategies are rarely transferable to rural areas
  • The project results will increase the capacity of transport authorities to reduce CO2 from rural transport and demonstrate that a minimum 10% CO2 reduction can be generated from innovative transport interventions in remote, rural and island areas with the same or better mobility for the residents in question.



Online Archive – Northern Ireland

The Library at Queen’s University Belfast has been developing an online archive, known as the Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive (NIOPA)

NIOPA is fully searchable with browsing and full text functionality and, as a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications, makes documents available to support the research community, government departments and the wider public.

Contact with any enquiries.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.9 – September 2017)


Welcome to the ninth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at


The repository currently contains 2,353 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

Additionally, we have recently added the following new project collections:

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):




This month, there have been a total of 5,094 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = TOURISH, D. and HARGIE, O. 2004. Communication audits: building world class communication systems. In OLIVER, S. (ed.) Handbook of Corporate Communication and Public Relations: Pure and Applied. London: Routledge, pages 131-144. (77 downloads)
  • = ROYLE, J. and LAING, A. 2014. The digital marketing skills gap: developing a digital marketer model for the communication industries. International Journal of Information Management [online], 34(2), pages 65-73. Available from: (68 downloads)


The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship Activities in Rural Tanzania: Understanding Women’s Micro Business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (131 downloads)
  • = CLEVERLEY, P.H. 2017. Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (62 downloads)
  • = BRYANT, M. 2013. The nature and processes of internationalisation at a French Grande Ecole de Management. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (46 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (27.09.2017).