This year’s Open Access week runs from 23-29 October under the theme “Open in order to…” This is an invitation to reflect on many benefits of making research publications openly available. We are excited to present a series of blog posts demonstrating the benefits of making publications open access via UCL Discovery.
Access to research outside universities is often very restricted. Open access extends the audience for research – to academics without subscriptions (including in developing countries), professionals, businesses, civil servants, politicians in local and national government, doctors and patients, teachers and schoolchildren, amateur scholars and other interested laypeople.
UCL Discovery is a long established repository and authors depositing their papers in there benefit from increased visibility of their work. Articles available there are downloaded hundreds of times in many countries across the globe. Today, in the last post in the series, we present some of the highly-downloaded papers from three faculties in UCL’s School of Life and Medical Sciences.
Publication title: Attachment and Personality Disorders: A Short Review
UCL authors: Peter Fonagy, Nicolas Lorenzini
Publication type: Journal article
Journal title: FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry
Publication year: 2013
Discovery URL: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1430370/
Downloads since deposit: 4,487
Downloads last 12 months: 3,033
This paper examines the relationship between attachment and personality disorders. The final accepted manuscript was made available in May 2014, after the delay period required by the journal.
This is a highly popular paper, and the article downloads are increasing, with rarely being below 100 per month and reaching peak of 668 downloads in July this year. With almost 3,000 downloads it became one the 50 most-downloaded items in last 12 months. During this period the manuscript was downloaded in 97 countries, and the highest number of downloads came from the United Kingdom (1,080), United States (759), and Australia (127).
Publication title: Premanifest and early Huntington’s disease
UCL author: Sarah Tabrizi, Edward Wild
Publication type: Book chapter
Book title: Huntington’s Disease
Publication year: 2014
Discovery URL: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1447184/
Downloads since deposit: 966
Downloads last 12 months: 881
This is the final accepted manuscript of a chapter in a book dedicated to Huntington’s Disease. The publisher, Oxford University Press, allows authors to make their accepted manuscript available in institutional repositories after a delay period.
The manuscript for this book chapter is available in UCL Discovery from February 2016, and since then the downloads umber have been consistently increasing – from 18 in November 2016 to 115 in October this year. In last 12 months the paper was downloaded in 44 countries, and the highest number of downloads came from United States (305), the United Kingdom (261), and Australia (64).
Publication title: The sacral autonomic outflow is sympathetic
UCL author: William Richardson
Publication type: Journal article
Journal title: Science
Publication year: 2016
Discovery URL: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1530734/
Downloads since deposit: 1,108
Downloads last 12 months: 1,108
This is one of the most recent papers from the Faculty of Medical Sciences that is openly available in UCL Discovery; the author’s accepted manuscript has been available from the end of January 2017 and since then has been downloaded over 1,000 times, with peak downloads in February (249) and May (297). With so many downloads it is the top 5th paper in the faculty for past year.
The article was downloaded in 47 countries, and the highest number of downloads came from United States (280), Japan (196) and Italy (157).