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).

Suggest a Print Book: You Need It, We’ll Buy It

The library is pleased to announce the start of a new pilot scheme where you, our students, recommend books for us to buy in print.

This pilot scheme has been launched following student feedback about print books in the library and we are looking forward to seeing, and buying, the books you suggest.

You can find out all about it and make a request by going to the following web page: You can also find the web page by following the “Suggest a Print Book” link on the library home page.

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at

Open Access Week: What Comes Next?


Open Access Week 2017 may be coming to a close, but here at RGU Library we are always working to support Open Access, whether it is helping our researchers to make their research openly available, or helping people to locate and use open resources, or supporting Open Access in any number of other ways. (We do hang up the bright orange waistcoats until next year, though…)

If you ever want to talk to us about Open Access, feel free to contact us at, or to drop in and speak to us in person. Don’t forget to check out our range of guides on various aspects of Open Access as well:

Open Access in general

Funder and REF requirements for Open Access

Gold Open Access support