Open Research Online – Quarterly Update

Please find below quarterly update for ORO Q3 2015/16.  Key headlines for the last quarter are:

  • Increase in deposits on previous quarter and quarter 3 2014/15
  • Increase in Open Access items and items with Full text 



702 deposits over the last quarter is a significant rise over the previous quarter (381) and on the same quarter of the previous year (545).  ORO deposits have historically fluctuated with increased faculty engagement, internal drivers (research audits), external requirements (REF) and the ebb and flow of new staff joining the OU. (Deposit counts can be influenced by the enthusiasm of one or two new members of staff especially if they are in a discipline that generates a lot of research outputs!)  However, the requirement to deposit in a timely fashion for the HEFCE Open Access Policy should see deposits remain at a consistent level… we’ll see.

% Open Access & % Full text

I’ve included both % Open Access and % Full text data for the first time.  % Open Access indicates the % of items with freely available documents, % full text indicates the % of items with any attachment – these attachments may, or may not, be freely downloadable and will include those papers that are under a publisher embargo.  There has been a steep increase in the % full text indicator over the last 2 quarters (72% and 69% of items include full text) and I associate that directly with an increase in embargoed full text being archived in ORO.  Again, I’m seeing this as an indicator of engagement with the HEFCE Open Access Policy.

PDF of the quarterly report is available: ORO Quarterly Report Q3 2015-16

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