OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.21 – September 2018)


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

International Open Access Week

International Open Access Week will be from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th October 2018. The Publications Team are busy making plans for several events during that week, for more  information and final details please go to


The repository currently contains 3,003 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:

  • = FAISAL, N.H., SANAEE, R., SINGH, R.M., MURRAY, J., MCLAUGHLIN, A., HEALY, D. and LEE, T.-L. [2018]. Neutron scattering study of strain behaviour of porous rocks subjected to heating and unconfined uniaxial compression. Journal of physics: conference series, (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 9,296 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. (271 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. (179 downloads)
  • http://hdl.handle/10059/734 = FRIDAY, K. 2012. Learning from e-family history: online research behaviour and strategies of family historians and implications for local studies collections. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (176 downloads)
  • = CLEVERLEY, P.H. 2017. Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (167 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (27.09.2018).

Problems with Lexis PSL – workaround

We are sorry to report that we are still experiencing the problems with Lexis PSL that we posted about yesterday.

We continue to work on a resolution for this and in the meantime we have identified a workaround that should give you access to the resource.

On Campus

  • Go to
  • It will recognise you are on campus and give you access without the need to log in
  • Go to the menu in the top left corner and from the drop down choose Lexis PSL (remember you may need to try the link twice as the first time might give an error message)
  • Once in Lexis PSL simply browse or search for resources

Off Campus

  • Go to the RGU website and click Current Students at the top of the screen
  • When on the Current Students page click Access to Apps
  • Log in with your RGU username and password when prompted (you may need to download the citrix receiver but the screeen will guide you)
  • Once logged in look for either Internet Explorer or Firefox and open them up – this replicates being on campus
  • Then simply follow the steps listed for On Campus students above

We apologise for the time this is taking to resolve and please contact us at if we can help.

Problems with Lexis PSL

We are currently expericing problems accessing resources on Lexis PSL (which can be accessed via the main Lexis Library database).

While Lexis PSL can be accessed there is a problem with some of the links within it meaning not all resources, or information within resources, will open.

Searching rather than browsing for material will help you get to more resources e.g. practice notes although problems seeing some material within will remain.

We apologise for the incovenience this is causing, we are investigating this and will update once we have more information.

RefWorks downtime this weekend



We have been advised that RefWorks, including Write N Cite, will be unavailable during the following twelve-hour period for essential maintenance:

Saturday, September 22 at 13:00  until Sunday 23 at 01.00 UTC

Click here to see when this maintenance window will occur in your region.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.