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University offers open access to wealth of research work

University offers open access to wealth of research work

A portal that at the touch of a button allows free access to a varied wealth of research, carried out by students and staff at Cumbria’s university, is being celebrated this month

From pieces of work examining mental illness and the role society plays in health to considering how to tackle a condition affecting primates in sub-Saharan Africa, there are thousands of thought-provoking items held online.

Known as Insight the University of Cumbria’s digital repository is nearly ten years old and since opening online in 2009 has amassed a virtual library of 2,876 items.

“"55% have open access full-texts i.e. freely available journal articles, book chapters and so on, which can be downloaded by anyone with an internet connection, making Insight a truly open and inclusive repository that provides free access to research on a global scale,” Anna Lupton, the university’s research infrastructure librarian, said. “While the majority of downloads are from the UK since we began we’ve seen requests for information from the USA, Germany, Australia, Republic of Korea, France, Ireland, Canada and India.”

So far this year the most popular downloads item was a piece written by psychology postgraduate research student Joseph McCann. His work Is mental illness socially constructed? has attracted 948 downloads and has been published in the 'Journal of Applied Psychology and Social Science' (2016 vol. 2 issue 1). http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2203/

Some incredible research is produced at the university and Insight showcases the hard work our researchers put in - it’s great to see the bank of work growing all the time," Anna said. This month the university will join others in publicising the virtual library of research as part of a wider scheme to publicise the availability of free access to university work.

Open Access Week will be held from 22-28 October

http://openaccessweek.org/

 

University of Cumbria research - Top 10 authors of all time (since repository began in 2009 and number of downloads):

1. Paul K. Miller (83,734)

2. Jane Topping (53,705)

3. Frank Peck (28,364)

4. Keith Jackson (25,885)

5. Lisa Booth (25,858)

6. Pete Boyd (24,436)

7.  Theodoros Bampouras (24,097)

8.  Daniel Bloomer (23,778)

9. Ginny Murphy (23,778)

10. Elizabeth A. Bates (20,215)

- Top 5 most downloaded items this month (September 2018 and number of downloads):

1. Nonhuman primates across sub-Saharan Africa are infected with the yaws bacterium Treponema pallidum subsp. pertenue (113) co-authored by UoC zoology/conservation lecturers Roy Armstrong and Michael Mayhew.

Journal article published in 'Emerging Microbes and Infections' (2018, vol. 7 issue 157) http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4054/

2. Is mental illness socially constructed? (86) authored by UoC psychology postgraduate research student Joseph McCann.

Journal article published in the 'Journal of Applied Psychology and Social Science' (2016 vol. 2 issue 1). http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2203/

3. All you need to know about action research, 2nd edition (63) co-authored by UoC Visiting Professor in Education Jack Whitehead.

Book published by SAGE Publications (2011). http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4045/

4. Evidencing atmospheres and narratives: measuring the immeasurable? (60) authored by UoC Associate Professor of Outdoor and Environmental Education Heather Prince and UoC Lecturer in Working with Children and Families Tracy Hayes.

Conference presentation presented at European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) International Seminar, 28 June - 2 July 2017, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, UK. http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3103/        

5. External examining: fit for purpose? (57) co-authored by UoC Emeritus Professor in Education Susan Bloxham.

Journal article published in Studies in Higher Education (2015, vol. 40 issue 2). http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1504/

- Top item downloaded in 2018:

Is mental illness socially constructed? (948 downloads in 2018) authored by UoC psychology postgraduate research student Joseph McCann.

Journal article published in the 'Journal of Applied Psychology and Social Science' (2016 vol. 2 issue 1). http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2203/

Pictured: Adding more research all the time. Anna Lupton, the university’s research infrastructure librarian, oversees Insight.