Most downloaded: March 2010

Topping the most-downloaded stats for March is a cross-faculty (Social Sciences and HSC) journal paper from 2007: “Choice and chance: negotiating agency in narratives of singleness”, published in the Sociological Review. Interestingly, as indicated by the download index of 0.47, this paper has received the majority of its total downloads in this last month, perhaps suggesting a recent surge of interest.

Also worth mentioning is the Computers and Education paper by Chris Jones and colleagues (again, another cross-faculty effort; IET and OUBS): “Net generation or digital natives: is there a distinct new generation entering university?” This paper has been downloaded more than once a day since it was deposited in ORO on the 8th of February, and was the second-most downloaded paper in March.

Here is the complete list: ORO downloads 03_2010.

2 Responses to “Most downloaded: March 2010”

  1. Monica Dowling Says:

    Can I just check if an article is published with a highly cited journal – won’t the downloads take place on the journal’s website rather than ORO? Have you any way of checking total downloads for any article?

    Best wishes

    Monica Dowling

  2. Colin Smith Says:


    To download a paper from the journal website itself, either the individual, or the individual’s institution must have a paid subscription to that journal. Those that are lucky enough to have this may well access the paper directly from the journal (publisher), but those who do not (an increasing number, as libraries struggle to keep pace with the number and price of journals) will most probably turn to the Internet to see if they can find it somewhere else, and this is where putting your work on ORO becomes key.

    For example, if a paper has been downloaded from ORO by 30 separate individuals in a given month, it is reasonable to assume the majority of those individuals did not have paid access to the journal in which that paper was published. If even one or two of those 30 extra downloads translates into citations, or some other kind of “impact”, then the repository has helped the author(s) achieve something that otherwise would not have been achieved, had they relied on the circulation of their journal/publisher only.

    In answer to your central question, publishers do not generally provide article-level download statistics in the public domain, so no, it is not really possible to provide total download stats which encompass both the repository and the journal itself.



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