OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.29 – May 2019)

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

Service Updates

The Publications Team are continuing the process of gradually migrating our internal records and repository records to the Worktribe research information system. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this transition period and we will continue to keep you updated of our progress. If you have any questions, please contact the Publications Team.


The repository currently contains 3,328 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:

  • = VOSPER, H. 2019. Adopting the International Standard ‘ Becoming a human-centred organization (ISO 27500)’ supports a strategic approach to internationalisation. In Hoffman, J., Blessinger, P. and Makhanya, M. (eds.) Strategies for fostering inclusive classrooms in higher education: international perspectived on equity and inclusion. Innovations in higher education teaching and learning, 16. Bingley: Emerald [online], pages 233-249. 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 15,948 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = CONNON, N.G. 2007. Factors impacting on technology acceptance for the micro/SME electronics retailer. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (286 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. (286 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning in new graduate occupational therapists: a phenomenological study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (171 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (30.05.2019).

OpenAIR@RGU repository at-risk Wednesday 22nd May 2pm-3pm

As part of our ongoing efforts to implement the Outputs and Repository elements of the Worktribe research information system, please be advised that the current OpenAIR@RGU repository will be at-risk on Wednesday 22nd May 2pm-3pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this essential preparation work.

If you have any queries, please contact us at

How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal

We are pleased to invite research students and academic staff to attend a seminar from Elsevier senior publisher Dr. Anthony Newman on How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal.

The seminar is being run:

Monday 3rd June – 13.00 to  15.30


Attendance is limited so if you would like to attend please sign up at the following page:

Background: Knowing the best way of structuring your paper when writing it, and the most appropriate journal to send it to, really helps in getting your paper accepted. Also understanding how editors and publishers think and what they expect, and knowing how the peer review process works, is invaluable insight into the publishing process.

Results: After attending this free 2 to 2.5 hour workshop, one in the Elsevier Researcher Academy on Campus workshop series, participants will have a clear idea of the steps needed to be taken before starting to write a paper. They will also be able to plan writing manuscripts using the logical step sequence – not the sequence in which the paper will be read. Authors are also made aware of what aspects of their papers Editors, Reviewers, and Publishers look at critically, and to ensure that in taking care of these areas, their papers are much more likely to be accepted. Dealing with referees’ comments and the art of polite rebuttal are also described such that these can be used to improve the submitted paper suitably. Sensitive areas such as publishing ethics, plagiarism, duplicate publishing, etc are also clearly explained such that participants have a clear understanding of what their responsibilities are, what is allowed, and what is not permitted.

Conclusions: These insights into the publishing process will enable the participants to be more confident as an author in the world of science publishing, and so should help them get their papers published more easily.

Information about the speaker: Anthony Newman, who is making the presentation, is a Senior Publisher with Elsevier, and is based in Amsterdam. Currently responsible for fifteen laboratory medicine and biochemistry journals, he joined Elsevier over 30 years ago and has been Publisher for the last 20+ years. Before then he was the marketing communications manager for the biochemistry journals of Elsevier. By training he is a polymer chemist and was active in industry before leaving London and moving to Amsterdam in 1987 to join Elsevier.