ORO Mediated deposit pilot – some conclusions

We recently conducted a short pilot of mediated deposit in ORO.  As outlined in a previous post we looked at adding ORO records to researcher user areas in ORO for them to check and deposit to the review queue.

For Night Deposits by C.J.TM https://www.flickr.com/photos/bigluzer/216318107 (CC BY-NC 2.0)

For Night Deposits by C.J.TM https://www.flickr.com/photos/bigluzer/216318107 (CC BY-NC 2.0)

In total we checked 264 items from various data sources including Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Taylor and Francis and Science Direct. 56 of these items were added to researcher user areas.  Why so few?

  • 34% weren’t OU staff i.e. affiliations recorded in the data source were incorrect.  This was mostly the case for Google Scholar which was a shame as this feed contained a wide scope of research publications and included records from arXiv.
  • 26% were duplicates – there was overlap in the data sources, this was expected.
  • 22% were not in scope e.g. they were book chapters.  We made the decision early on to only include journal articles and conference items with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).
  • 10% had no DOI – a further 4% did have a DOI but it had not yet been registered with CrossRef which mean’t we’d have to manually key in the data.  Taylor and Francis in particular assign DOIs to articles before being registered at CrossRef.

Of these 56 items only 23 items were deposited to the review area by researchers.  This was disappointing, a success rate of less than 10%.  But it was a useful exercise.  We learnt that we could capture Author Accepted Manuscripts from Science Direct if we act quickly enough and we learnt that manually checking data sources is probably not the way forward.  Instead we will look for automating ingest of data to ORO via developments such as the Jisc Publications Router and integrating ORCIDs into the ORO infrastructure.

About Chris

Chris looks after Open Research Online (ORO) on a day to day basis. He has worked in this role since 2011 and can advise on using ORO to maximise dissemination of research outputs and Open Access publishing generally.
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