Our second item in the Open Access Week countdown is our very own ePrints repository.
UTAS ePrints hold a great variety of content, from theses and scholarly articles to historical photographs and letters in digital form. Universities around the world are increasingly making content openly available through digital repositories, there are advantages for authors and universities in having their articles or theses more widely available, and obvious benefits to anybody interested in reading them.
Here is a top five list of the most downloaded items from UTAS ePrints (click the link to see the record for that item):
1. Download of Psychiatry, a text book, with 423, 366 downloads! By far the most downloads in ePrints.
2. A Quarterly Publication of the Australian Association of Glass Artists, the publication of a specialist society, with 28, 662 downloads.
3. Photographs of Quaker bonnets belonging to Sarah Benson Walker 1812-1893, images of historical interest, has been downloaded 22, 471 times.
4. Lewis (W.L.) May (1861-1925) is a collection of paintings by William Lewis May, who among other things painted Tasmanian wild flowers. This page has had 19, 446 downloads.
These first four may benefit from the fact that they are multi-part works, so somebody will likely download more than one part, and increase the statistics, but even so, those are impressive numbers.
5. Teenage Pregnancy : An Adolescent Health Issue in Australia is an article from a nursing journal which has been downloaded 16, 329 times so far. This is a huge number for any journal article, and must be far more than would have read it if it was only available through the journal subscription.
The benefits to authors of having their research published more widely include increased citations and better sharing of their work. For the public it means that publicly funded research is available for those who funded it, and for libraries it means that more content can be made available to staff and students without extra cost.
UTAS ePrints is ranked 157th in the world for institutional repositories, accordig to the Ranking Web of World Repositories, which is not bad considering that UTAS usually ranks between 300-500 in most international university rankings.