OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.34 – October 2019)

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

Service Update

We migrated our legacy data into Worktribe earlier this year, but we are still working to fix lots of inaccuracies and errors that have appeared in our records during the migration. If you spot any problems when using Worktribe or OpenAIR, please let us know and we’ll fix them as quickly as possible.

Later this year, we will begin running training sessions for researchers on how to use the Outputs module in Worktribe. This training will cover searching for existing outputs as well as adding new ones. Please note: you will need to have attended a “Getting Started with Worktribe” basic training session first, in order to be given access to the system.


The repository currently contains 3,623 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:

  • = ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS, J., BROADBENT, I.D. and STRACHAN, P.A. [2019]. Analysing the performance of United Kingdom (UK) offshore wind farms using public data: improving the evidence base for policy development. Utilities Policy [online], (accepted).

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR:

The above data were correct at the time of writing (30.10.2019).

Westlaw – problems with eBook access – update

At the start of the semester we reported that there were problems with the eBooks on the Westlaw platform. These problems have continued over the last few weeks and meant that we were able to access over 200 eBooks on Westlaw that were not part of our subscription i.e. that we should not have had access to.

We have now had notification from Thomson Reuters that a fix has been applied to the platform and we can report that the problem has been partially resolved with access to a large number of eBooks that are not part of our subscription having been removed.

However a few problems do remain. We have lost access to the following titles we should be able to access:

Archbold Criminal Pleading Evidence and Practice

IDS Employment Law Cases

Sentencing Referencer

And still have access to a few titles that we should not be able to access:

Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance

Costs & Funding following the Civil Justice Reforms: Questions & Answers

Illegality and Public Policy

Inheritance Act Claims

Muir Watt & Moss: Agricultural Holdings

Renton & Brown’s Statutory Offences

We have reported this and will update further once we have heard back from the company.

Access problems to Emerald Journals – Solution

Earlier today we reported access problems to the journals on the Emerald platform (see original post here). We have now heard back from the company and they have given us a solution for the problem.

If you try and access an article or a journal on Emerald that is included within our subscription and you get this error message:



Please go to the top right of the screen and click the button that says “reset authentication”:



The company also recommend clearing the cookies and cache in the browser and starting a fresh session.

We hope this helps but if you experience any further access issues please get in touch at

Access problems to Emerald Journals

We are sorry to report that we are currently experiencing access problems for journals on the Emerald platform. When trying to access articles users are seeing this error message:



We are sorry for the inconvenience this is causing, we have contacted the company about the problem and will update once we have a resolution

Open Access Week 2019 – Friday 25th October

In our final post for International Open Access Week 2019, we consider whether university policies on Open Access are working. CWTS Leiden Ranking makes it possible to use bibliometric indicators to rank the performance of a thousand universities from across the world. In a recent report showing the percentage of research publications that are available as open access for the period of 2014-2017, 21 of the top 25 ranking universities are from the UK (see screenshot below). The same report for 2013-2015 lists only 4 UK universities in the top 25.  So, in a matter of two years UK universities have taken the baton of Open Access and not only ran with it but are now – at present – dominating the field.

This result is due, of course, to the national policy on Open Access that forms part of the REF2021 – it shows that a nation-wide policy is much more effective than trying to implement a policy at a single institution in isolation.

Screenshot of CWTS Leiden Ranking, showing top the 25 universities with the highest percentage of publications that are OA from 2014-2017.

The CWTS Leiden ranking can also provide details of how these figures can be broken down to show the percentage of Green and Gold articles. In most institutions Green Open Access accounts for the largest share of the percentage.

It will be interesting to check this ranking again when the 2018 figures are available, to see if this progress continues.

As we end International Open Access Week 2019, we hope to see you all next year and don’t forget to check our online guides for more information about Open Access.


OPEN ACCESS SCOTLAND GROUP. 2019. Scottish (and British) Unis doing a good job at making their research outputs openly available [online]. 17 May 2019. Available from: [Accessed 1/10/2019].

CWTS LEIDEN, 2019. CWTS Leiden ranking 2019 [online]. Leiden: Leiden University. Available from: [Accessed 1/10/2019].