Download statistics for May 2012

Interest in full text papers in Enlighten continues to grow – in May we fell just short of 20,000 downloads of our papers (19,620 was the total for the month). Given there are just over 4,215 papers available in Enlighten this is an encouraging figure. Enlighten is fast approaching records for 50,000 publications – this will be the next milestone for the service.

The highest climbers for May are listed blow – with the exception of two papers these are all different from the highest climbers during April.

Smith, A.J., Cameron, S.O., Bagg, J., and Kennedy, D. (2001) Management of needlestick injuries in general dental practice. British Dental Journal, 190 (12). pp. 645-650.

Briggs, J. (2005) The use of indigenous knowledge in development: problems and challenges. Progress in Development Studies, 5 (2). pp. 99-114.

Smith, A.J., McHugh, S., Aitken, I., and Hood, J. (2002) Evaluation of the efficacy of Alpron disinfectant for dental unit water lines. British Dental Journal, 193 (10). pp. 593-596.

Fearnley, S., Beattie, V. , and Brandt, R. (2005) Auditor independence and audit risk: a reconceptualisation. Journal of International Accounting Research, 4 (1). pp. 39-71.

Beattie, V., and Jones, M.J. (1992) The use and abuse of graphs in annual reports: a theoretical framework and an empirical study. Accounting and Business Research, 22 (88). pp. 291-303.

Beattie, V., and Jones, M.J. (2004) Measurement distortion of graphs in corporate reports: an experimental study. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 15 (4). pp. 546-564.

Cools, M., Emmanuel, C., and Jorissen, A. (2008) Management control in the transfer pricing tax compliant multinational enterprise. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 33 (6). pp. 603-628.

Lowe, G., Rumley, A., Norrie, J., Ford, I., Shepherd, J., Cobbe, S., Macfarlane, P., and Packard, C. (2000) Blood rheology, cardiovascular risk factors, and cardiovascular disease: The West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 84 (4). pp. 553-558.

Konstas, I., Stathopoulos, V., and Jose, J.M. (2009) On social networks and collaborative recommendation. In: The 32nd Annual ACM SIGIR Conference, 19-23 July 2009, Boston, Massachusetts.

Pellegrini Masini, G. (2007) The carbon-saving behaviour of residential households. In: Futures of Cities – 51st IFHP World Congress, 23-26 September 2007, Copenhagen.

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Finch Report on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings released

The Government commissioned Finch Report on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings was released yesterday. The working group, which included publishers, funders, librarians and figures from universities and learned societies, was set the task of looking at how the UK might go about adopting an open access approach to publicly funded research, what the benefits might be to the UK as a whole and what the costs might be.

The recommendation of the working group is that the ‘Gold’ approach to Open Access, whereby journal articles are made freely available upon payment of a fee, should be adopted. The report outlines a number of possible scenarios ranging from a situation whereby the adoption of an open acess policy across the HE sector would result in a saving of several million pounds to  the possibility of increased costs to the sector depending on the charges levied by publishers to publish in an open access manner and a possible change in the number of articles published each year.

The report is a key indication that the UK government supports the principles of open access – what now needs to be determined is the best manner in which to achieve it. Universities and funding bodies are now considering the report and its implications.

There is not a great deal of discussion of repositories such as Enlighten in the report, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for us.

Comments on the report have appeared in a wide range of sources:

Guardian – Open access is the future of academic publishing, says Finch report

Times Higher Education – Push for gold will cost millions, open-access report says

Wellcome Trust response – Wellcome Trust responds to Finch Report on open access

RCUK response – RCUK welcomes the ‘Finch report’

BBC – Report calls on government to back open access science