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Statistics from St Andrews Research Repository

This page provides context to the statistics shared with our academic community on usage of our Open Access content from the University of St Andrews Research Repository.

See below for the most recent statistics
Archived statistics updates can be found on the Repository.

Total downloads to date

We draw our download statistics from IRUS-UK "a standards-based statistics aggregation service for repositories in the UK, enabling them to share and compare usage statistics using the COUNTER standard." (https://www.jisc.ac.uk/irus). This service provides consistent, comparable and trustworthy usage data. For more information about IRUS-UK, visit http://irus.mimas.ac.uk/

We provide a headline figure showing the total number of downloads for all content that is publicly available (open access) from St Andrews Research Repository, since we joined IRUS-UK in 2014.

Monthly downloads

In each report we show the most recent monthly downloads, dividing the content into 2 main types - Research publications and Theses - to reflect the scope of the repository. We can see a general trend of around 20,000 downloads per month. Occasional spikes can be seen where individual items may have received exceptionally high attention. We can drill down further into these figures through the IRUS-UK Portal, and we have plans to embed these statistics into item pages within the repository.

Content in the repository

We also measure the amount of content currently available as open access, so you can see the number of items that have been made freely available by our researchers. Publications (including articles, conference proceedings, working papers, reports, books and chapters) are primarily deposited via the institution's Research Information System (Pure). E-theses are deposited directly into the repository and become open access after any agreed embargo period.

These high level figures show us that our e-theses receive a relatively high level of usage, probably due to the fact that the repository is the primary source for these items. Versions of most research publications are available in addition to published versions, which will always be referenced in the associated item metadata.

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