29 February 2012

St Andrews open access membership with Royal Society

We are happy to announce that the University of St Andrews Library has arranged for Open Access Membership with Royal Society Publishing. This means that if you are a researcher at St Andrews and have an article accepted for publication in any of the Royal Society’s journals, you will qualify for a 25% discount on article processing charges if you choose ‘Open Choice’.

With Open Choice you can benefit from enhanced visibility for your article and the potential for increased citation, in addition to the recognised high quality of Royal Society journals. You will retain 100% copyright, with immediate open access under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY 3.0) licence. Open access articles by St Andrews authors will be highlighted on a dedicated page on the Royal Society Publishing website.

This new membership is part of the Library’s varied activities that support open access to research, and followed consultation with a number of our researchers who already publish in Royal Society journals. Other activities include advice on compliance with funders’ open access mandates and help with depositing full text in our repository Research@StAndrews:FullText via PURE

Further information for St Andrews researchers is available from Jackie Proven in the University Library

21 February 2012

NEW: Public stats now available for Research@StAndrews:FullText

We are delighted that we are now able to show usage statistics for content in our institutional repository, Research@StAndrews:FullText. Thanks to the services provided by the Scottish Digital Library Consortium (SDLC), we now have 'page views' and 'downloads' from Google Analytics integrated into our DSpace platform and publicly available.

Visitors to the repository can see statistics for individual items:
Statistics initially show how many times the metadata for an item has been viewed, and from the 'View Statistics' button users can see a breakdown by date range, plus the number of times the full text has been downloaded.
Visitors can also view the 'Top items' for a particular Collection:

with live links from the list of items to the most viewed item in that Collection.



To improve usability, links to the full text files have been moved to a more accessible position on the page, immediately above the Title.


Additional work has also been done to help capture more downloads that have been discovered via Google, and our overall statistics are already showing how we have recorded this traffic.

1 February 2012

New project and flexible policy boosts repository content

The start of 2012 has seen more content added to Research@StAndrews: FullText than in any previous month. Much of this activity is down to a new project under way to create an archive for the Sustainable Development Commission.




The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), which closed on 31 March 2011, was the UK Government's independent adviser on sustainable development. Work on this project was undertaken by St Andrews Sustainability Institute (SASI). Our repository will provide a permanent home to this collection of reports.

Research publications and theses continue to be added to our collections, and our full text content now stands at 1355 items.

Our flexible content policy means that we can accommodate a range of material including staff research outputs deposited via PURE, PhD theses deposited directly by students, community collections such as the SDC reports or CREEM Technical Reports, and most recently our University Library annual report 2010-2011.

We had a record number of visits to Research@StAndrews:FullText in January, up almost 50% compared with January 2011. The most viewed items were:

Retrospective power analysis [Article]
The economics of trade secrets : evidence from the Economic Espionage Act [Thesis]
The soft-focus lens and Anglo-American pictorialism [Thesis]
What is social learning? [Article]
Karl Barth's academic lectures on Ephesians (Göttingen, 1921-1922) [Thesis]
An update to the methods in Endangered Species Research 2011 paper "Estimating North Pacific right whale Eubalaena japonica density using passive acoustic cue counting" [Report]
The consequences of Israel's counter terrorism policy [Thesis]
Health Behaviour in School-aged Children : World Health Organization collaborative cross-national study (HBSC): findings from the 2010 HBSC survey in Scotland [Report]
Sustainable development : third annual assessment of progress by the Scottish Government [Report]
Saint Peter and Paul Church (Sinan Pasha Mosque), Famagusta: a forgotten Gothic moment in Northern Cyprus. [Article]