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St Andrews Research Repository reaches 1 million downloads!

The University Library has been celebrating this week as the University’s research repository reaches over 1 million downloads!

This enviable download figure is derived from IRUS-UK – a statistics service for UK repositories that provides accurate, consistent, and comparable usage data. We’ve only been tracking IRUS downloads since January 2014 too, so the actual download figure for the repository is likely to be a great deal higher!

The download figures clearly show the appetite for St Andrews research
For those that don’t already know, the research repository is linked to the University’s research information system Pure, and is the platform used to disseminate University research publications. Publications are uploaded to Pure primarily by academics, research support staff, and the Open Access team in the Library. Once they are checked by the OA team (to ensure they comply with copyright, publisher rules and so on) they are transferred to the repository for public release. A great…

Repository storms past 12000 items with Open Access article about space weather

The Library effort to make research papers Open Access continues and this week we passed the 12000 item milestone.  Thanks to our colleague Kirsty Knowles the 12000th item deposited is a paper about modelling space weather. A new technique for observationally derived boundary conditions for space weather is published in Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate and co-authored by researchers in Applied Mathematics.  It is fully Open Access, published with a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY) that maximises re-use and redistribution with users only needing to cite the original work.

As reported last October, deposits into the St Andrews Research Repository are a community effort and a substantial proportion are sourced by the Library, as well as staff and researchers in Schools.  This has enabled the university to report 88% RCUK compliance to satisy funder mandates and, ultimately, to increase the visibility of research and timely access for researchers, funders, students a…