OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.20 – August 2018)


Welcome to the twentieth 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 2018-08-09), RGU as a whole is currently 86% compliant.

A reminder for all research staff: please ensure that you contact the Publications Team about all new research outputs as soon as they are accepted, so that we can minimise the risk of missing the deposit deadline.


The repository currently contains 2,948 links between Schools and outputs (some records are linked to multiple Schools and therefore included in this figure more than once). Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = JEBARA, T., CUNNINGHAM, S., MACLURE, K., AWAISU, A., PALLIVALAPILA, A. and STEWART, D. 2018. Stakeholders’ views and experiences of pharmacist prescribing: a systematic review. British journal of clinical pharmacology [online], 84(9), pages 1883-1905. Available from:
  • = CORNISH, B.J.P.A. 2000. The destruction of the cyanobacterial toxin microcystin-LR by semiconductor photocatalysis. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

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 8,571 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:

  • = DAKUP, K., FULFORD, H. and SUTHERLAND, B. 2014. Investigating the adoption of sustainable green initiatives in Scottish food and drink SMEs. In Galbraith, B. (ed.), Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 18-19 September 2014. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International, pages 507-513. (289 downloads)


  • = 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. (115 downloads)

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = TAYLOR, R.F. 2009. Creating connections: an investigation into the first year experience of undergraduate nursing students. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (222 downloads)
  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship activities in rural Tanzania: understanding women’s micro businesses. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (121 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (28.08.2018).

Scopus now available to RGU students and staff

 The library is pleased to announce that we now have access to the Scopus database.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed journals, books and conference proceedings. It has over 55 million records and covers all subjects areas including science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

To access Scopus please go to the library’s database list and log in with your RGU username and password when prompted.

If a pop-up box appears asking if you want to log in or register simply click to continue as a guest and you will be logged in as an RGU student or member of staff and be able to search Scopus. If you would like to be able to create alerts, save searches etc, then you can register and create a personal account.

Finally please note Scopus is an abstract/citation only database, to find out if RGU can give access to any of the material on Scopus simply click the Full Text @ RGU link under each result:

And you will get information about if RGU can provide access to that item.

Library and Learning Centre Student Ambassadors Vacancies


The University Library is recruiting a small team of Student Ambassadors to help with the day-to-day activities in the Library, the Georgina Scott Suth­erland Learning Centre and to assist in on going engagement with students.

Ambassadors will be expected to work for around four hours each week, at an hourly rate of £8.45. If you are interested in joining the Library team as a Student Ambassador, please email your CV to together with a short covering letter (approx. 200 words) outlining why you think you would be suitable for the role by midnight on Friday 21st September.

For more information Click Here.


Downtime for Proquest resources including RefWorks.


ProQuest will be undertaking maintenance of some of their products, including RefWorks, this weekend. 

Access to our eBooks supplied by ProQuest will not be available for approximately 5 hours:

See what time this maintenance window will occur in your region

In addition, access to the following resources will not be available for approximately 8 hours:

RefWorks, Art and Architecture Archive, British Periodicals, Country Life Archive‎, Design and Applied Arts Index, ERIC, International Newsstand, Periodicals Archives Online, PILOTS, Vogue Archive and Womens Wear Daily Archive

See what time this maintenance window will occur in your region

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Taylor & Francis Online technical problems resolved

We are pleased to inform you that the technical problems experienced on the Taylor & Francis Online platform reported last week have been resolved.  Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience, and if you have futher questions please get in touch at