OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.16 – April 2018)


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

REF Open Access Compliance

In the publications team’s latest compliance check (using data extracted on 2018-04-12), RGU as a whole is currently 84% compliant.

Please can all researchers ensure that your journal articles and conference papers are sent to the Library’s Publications Team within three months of being accepted for publication, in order to comply with the Open Access deposit requirements of REF2021. Please contact the Publications Team ( with any queries.


The repository currently contains 2,728 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = FEALY, G., HEGARTY, J.-M., MCNAMARA, M., CASEY, M., O’LEARY, D., KENNEDY, C., O’REILLY, P., O’CONNELL, R., BRADY, A.-M. and NICHOLSON, E. [2018]. Discursive constructions of professional identity in policy and regulatory discourse. Journal of advanced nursing [online], (accepted).

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 14, 735 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:



The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = IRVING, I. 2013. Curating as practice and profession: an exploration and definition of a contemporary independent curator. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (213 downloads)
  • = TAYLOR, R.F. 2009. Creating connections: an investigation into the first year experience of undergraduate nursing students. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (211 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (27.04.2018).

Downtime for some eBooks this weekend

One of our eBook providers is doing some maintenance work on the platform this weekend and during this time all eBooks from EBL will be unaccessible.

Down times around the world provided are:

United States (EDT): Saturday, 21 April, 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 3:00 a.m.

United Kingdom (GMT): Sunday, 22 April, 3:00 a.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 8:00 a.m.

Australia (AEDT): Sunday, 22 April, 12:00 p.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 5:00 p.m.

Tokyo (JST): Sunday, 22 April, 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 4:00 p.m.

China (CST): Sunday, 22 April, 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, 22 April, 3:00 p.m.

Click to see what time this maintenance window will occur in your region

We apologise for any incovenience this may cause.

Web of Science: possible downtime this weekend and new features

We have been informed that the database Web of Science is going through some scheduled maintenance this weekend and during this time access may be intermittent.

This maintenance will take place: Saturday 21 April 1.00pm BST to Sunday 22 April 1.00am BST.

Web of Science apologise for the incovenience this may cause.

While this work is being done there will be an upgrade to Web of Science.  For a summary of the new features please view the Web of Science New Features – April 2018 video at

“Seriously useful”


… just one of the comments from students who attended one of our classes on search skills, Harvard referencing or RefWorks or a drop in session this semester.

Our classes finish tomorrow, but we will still be offering drop in sessions in the coming months.

So if you are on campus, need help with referencing, can’t find journal articles on a topic or just want to know more about searching any of our databases, please come along to a drop in session … we hope you will also find it “seriously useful”.

Not on campus?  Our guides may help you get started but please feel free to email or telephone us with any questions.

We look forward to helping you.