Open Access Week: CIAO Workshop Summary


On the afternoon of Monday 23rd October 2017, sixteen people from across the RGU attended a CIAO workshop. CIAO means “Collaborative Institutional Assessment of Open Access” and is a discussion tool for reflecting on an institution’s support around Open Access – further information about the tool is available here. Of those present, there were thirteen participants (of whom ten were present for the entire discussion) and three faciltators. The workshop was facilitated by George Bray (responsible for OpenAIR@RGU), Richard Milne (Systems Librarian) and Colin MacLean (Research Support Librarian).

Due to time constraints, the workshop considered only two of the three areas covered by the CIAO tool, namely “[general] capabilities” (i.e. policy, funding and support services) and “capabilities: communication and staff development”. Within these areas, RGU was generally felt to be towards the middle or lower end of the spectrum in terms of its current progress. The least-developed aspects included formal considerations of Open Access funding, understanding and structured recording of the impact of Open Access, and processes for outputs other than journal articles and conference papers. On the other hand, the group considered RGU to be doing relatively well in terms of the existing support services for Open Access – specifically the work done by the Publications Team.

During the discussion, several other points emerged, which will feed into our plans going forward. One of these was the relative lack of policy documentation for Open Access at RGU, which could be addressed by increasing the prominence of Open Access within existing policies that relate to research. Another point was the issue of how best to communicate with researchers; while it was stated that the existing systems and processes worked very well for those who were aware of them, it was also felt that current communication strategies were failing to meet all researchers. Some suggestions were made and we will review our communications strategy with these in mind – trying to arrange more face-to-face conversations with researchers, for example.

Overall, we felt the workshop was a very successful starting point for future conversations and developments around Open Access, which we hope will be continued alongside the implementation of the new current research information system.

Any questions about this workshop or Open Access in general can be sent to the Publications Team.

RCNi archive access problems resolved

We are pleased to report that the access problems reported previously for the RCNi archive have now been fixed and the journals can be accessed as normal.

If you would like to find out what is available in the archive you can find out more here.

Thank you for your patience and please get in touch at if you are still experiencing any problems with the resource.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.10 – October 2017)


Welcome to the tenth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at


From Monday 23rd through to Friday 27th October we celebrated Open Access Week with a variety of events, speaking with students and staff across campus and raising awareness of Open Access. For a full list of the events that took place, see here.


The repository currently contains 2,403 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = RAMIREZ-INIGUEZ, R., DECIGA-GUSI, J., FREIER, D., ABU-BAKAR, S.H. and MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F. 2017. Experimental evaluation of a solar window incorporating rotationally asymmetrical compound parabolic concentrators (RACPC). Energy Procedia [online], 130: proceedings of the 11th SNEC international photovoltaic power generation conference and exhibition (SNEC 2017), 17-20 April 2017, Shanghai, China, pages 102-107. Available from:
  • = ROBERTS, F. [2017]. Scottish healthcare students’ perceptions of an interprofessional ward simulation: an exploratory descriptive study. Nursing and Health Sciences [online], (accepted).
  • = DROUBI, M.G., REUBEN, R.L. and STEEL, J.I. 2018. Flow noise identification using acoustic emission (AE) energy decomposition for sand monitoring in flow pipeline. Applied Acoustics [online], 131, pages 5-15. Available from:

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):




This month, there have been a total of 5,354 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = TOURISH, D. and HARGIE, O. 2004. Communication audits: building world class communication systems. In OLIVER, S. (ed.) Handbook of Corporate Communication and Public Relations: Pure and Applied. London: Routledge, pages 131-144. (85 downloads)
  • = ZONTANOS, G. and ANDERSON, A. R. 2004. Relationships, marketing and small business: an exploration of links in theory and practice. Qualitative Market Research: an International Journal [online], 7(3), pages 228-236. Available from: (74 downloads)

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship Activities in Rural Tanzania: Understanding Women’s Micro Business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (119 downloads)
  • = BUWERT, P. 2016. Ethical Design: a Foundation for Visual Communication. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (76 downloads)
  • = OMAR, A. 2017. Insourcing a Government Information System: a Case Study from Malaysia. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.. (39 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (30.10.2017).