Most frequently downloaded Repository items this year!

Open Access Week 2018

The Repository isn’t just a tool for the REF! As well as journal articles, we have a variety of different items types, such as videos, musical compositions, and artist’s books. The poster below shows the most frequently downloaded item, for a variety of different item types, this year (January – September 2018). You can access the repository records by clicking on the poster below, and then clicking on the individual hyperlinks.

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2017-2018 annual report

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The Library Research Support team annual report has now been completed and is available to view on the UWE Research Repository. The report goes over the activities that the team have been involved in, as well as giving some statistics about APC payments, visitors to the Research Repository, and Data Repository growth. Taking into account feedback from the last annual report we have also included figures for full text items added to the Research Repository.

You can access the report on the Research Repository, and direct any questions to the Library Research Support team.


Image: Pie Charts from xkcd.com (Randall Munroe) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

The Research Support team – now animated!

Nominated for no award, but we're pretty happy with itWe are always looking for new ways in which to alert UWE researchers about what the Research Support team can do for them. For this year’s all staff event we were tasked with creating a video to let new starters in Student Success Services know what the Library Research Support team does, and we thought that it would also be useful for researchers as a breakdown of how the team can support them.

We always like to take the opportunity to be a bit creative (as seen in our poster from last year) and wanted to take a fun approach – so we animated ourselves using Powtoon.

The resulting video is two and a half minutes of useful information wrapped in a cartoon package. Hopefully our researchers find it a helpful and memorable introduction to the Library Research Support team.

The video is available to view (with subtitles) on Vimeo. We hope you enjoy!

Scopus’s 1st birthday at UWE!

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Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-review literature, including books, conference proceedings and journals, covering the following fields of research: science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. We have been subscribing to it for a year on 1st April and it seems that increasing numbers of you are accessing it! We’ve just had our latest statistics through and record views went from 538 last April to 15,673 in January 2018.

If you’ve not had a chance to use Scopus yet, why not give it a go.

You can use it to:

  • Find peer reviewed literature on a range of subjects
  • Look at the abstract and references for each article
  • Export search results to Ref Works or your chosen reference management system
  • View who is citing and talking about articles on social media
  • View the performance data/ metrics on the journals listed
  • Look at what UWE Bristol researchers are publishing
  • Sign up for alerts to follow particular authors or searches.

If you would like more information on this resource, please contact the library research team


Image from Gratisography

Open Access Week: Faculty number 1s

As part of Open Access Week we took a look at the most downloaded items of all time (aka March 2010 when the Research Repository was established to October 2017) for the four faculties at UWE Bristol – Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE). Business and Law (FBL), Environment and Technology (FET), and Health and Applied Sciences (HAS). All figures are correct as of 23 October 2017.

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ACE –  The sociology of education is a book section. It is otherwise only available to read by purchasing the book, or by borrowing from a library with a copy. It is the second most downloaded item on the Research Repository, and has been accessed by readers from the UK, USA, Germany, Zambia, and India (among others.)

FBL – The ‘work group’: Redressing the balance in Bion’s Experiences in Groups is a journal article published in the journal Human Relations. The article is otherwise only available to read if the reader’s institution is subscribed to the journal.

FET – A health map for the local human habitat is a journal article published in The Journal for the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, and has been referenced in two policy documents.

HAS – Using thematic analysis in psychology is without question the ‘big daddy’ of the Research Repository, having been downloaded almost twice as many times as the other nineteen items in the all time top twenty combined.* It also has 14,700 citations in Scopus and is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

By being made available through green open access on the Research Repository, all of these researchers have allowed people from across the globe to access and use their research without the need for an institutional affiliation or prohibitively expensive subscriptions.


*The other nineteen items in the top twenty have been downloaded 271,538 times combined as of 23 October 2017.

Research Support annual report

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The annual report for the Research Repository has had an overhaul this year.

The new report gives an overview of some of the activities that the team has been involved in over the last year, usage statistics for the Research Repository, and aims for the team going forward.

The report has been stripped down and rebuilt into a more streamlined and visually friendly format, and is available to view on the Research Repository.


Image: “Research Way” by Graham Richardson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Termly statistics March-May 2017

“Pie Chart” by Mike Licht is licensed under CC BY 2.0It’s time for the most recent batch of termly statistics about the Research Repository (plus bonus pie chart!)

As of May 2017 there are currently 23,675 live records on the Research Repository. 690 of these were published in 2017.

The UK remains the country downloading the most from the Research Repository, followed by USA and China.

We have had to exclude visitor numbers from the stats as the software we use has decided it hates us. We are investigating alternatives and this should be back for the next report.

UWE Bristol members of staff can access the full statistics document on SharePoint. Please contact the team for any more information or with any suggestions for what you would like to see in future statistics reports.


Image used – “Pie Chart” by Mike Licht is licensed under CC BY 2.0