OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.39 – March 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.


We hope that everyone is staying home, staying safe and staying well during the pandemic. We have suspended our training sessions on the use of Worktribe until access to campus facilities has been restored. All other repository services are operating as usual, though we apologise for any additional delays while the Publications Team do our best to work from home.

It has been good to hear that many publishers have agreed to provide open access to publications that relate to the coronavirus pandemic, in order to help accelerate research in response to the public health emergency. You may be interested to read the following preprint, which argues that the clear benefits for global research and knowledge mean that this should be the default for all scholarly communication, not just limited to health research in response to a crisis:


OpenAIR currently contains 3758 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

  • = MARTIN, K., WIRATUNGA, N. and SANI, S. [2020]. Locality sensitive batch selection for triplet networks. To be presented at the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) World computational intelligence congress (WCCI 2020), co-located with 2020 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2020), 2020 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2020), and IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2020), 19-24 July 2020, Glasgow, UK.
  • = WIJEKOON, A., WIRATUNGA, N. and COOPER, K. [2020]. Heterogeneous multi-modal sensor fusion with hybrid attention for exercise recognition. To be presented at the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) World computational intelligence congress (WCCI 2020), co-located with 2020 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2020), 2020 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2020), and IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2020), 19-24 July 2020, Glasgow, UK.

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 562
Gray’s School of Art – 250
Law School – 169
School of Applied Social Studies – 137
School of Computing and Digital Media – 488
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 457
School of Engineering – 554
School of Health Sciences – 171
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 257
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 586
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 264
Other departments – 19


Last month, in February, there were a total of 5118 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 31.03.2020.

Online appointments now available with the Library Support team

The Library may be closed, but our Academic Support team have been working hard to make sure that they can still offer advice and support to students. We’re pleased to announce that one-2-one appointments are now available online for support with any Library topic including referencing, research skills, use of online databases and literature searching. Charlotte, Lindsey and Ross are available to assist!

To book an appointment, visit and select the Librarian you want to meet with. You can see information about the Schools each of them support by clicking on the blue ‘Information’ logo to the right of their name. Select the date that you would like to meet and available appointments will be shown. Once you’ve completed the booking form you’ll be sent an email with instructions on how to join the session.

The team are also working on delivering their workshops on Referencing, RefWorks and Search Smart remotely, so watch this space……

Leaving Aberdeen and want to return your RGU Library books?

RGU Library and ResLife have set up two drop-off points that can be used by anyone who wants to return their RGU Library books whilst the university is closed.

The ResLife team at the Crathie Student Village and Woolmanhill Flats will accept Library items between 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. Anyone wishing to return items should call the number on the door of the residence and advise the team that you have Library items. Please ensure that social distancing is maintained whilst dropping off items.

Items returned at the drop-off points won’t show as returned on Library accounts until after the university reopens. Students may still receive overdue emails or notices about these items. Please just ignore these notices and the Library team will process the items as soon as we return to work on campus.

The ResLife team won’t be able to answer any questions about Library items or services. Please contact the Library team by email if you have a query.

For any students who are unable to get to the drop-off points, or if you have left Aberdeen already and still have your books with you, please just retain the books until further notice. There will be no recalls during the period that the university is closed and books on loan will automatically be renewed for most students.

For students with a course expiry date in the next few months, please try to use the drop-off points if you can. If this is not possible, please retain the items and return them after the university reopens.

Due to the evolving Covid-19 situation we may need to discontinue the drop-off scheme at short notice.

We’d also like to say a huge thanks to our colleagues at RGU ResLife for helping us to set this up.

If you have any queries, please get in touch at

Lexis Middle East Password Updated (23rd March 20)

The ID and password used to access the database Lexis Middle East has been updated as of 23rd March 2020.

The ID and password we use for Lexis Middle East is a generic one i.e. one given to all current students and staff who need access to the database. When given the details please do not change the ID, password or email. If you do then this will lock users out and may result in losing access to the database completely.

If you require the new details, please email the Library at

RGU Closure from 5pm Friday 20th March – Covid 19

RGU Principal Professor John Harper has notified the RGU community this morning that all campus activity will cease at 5pm on Friday 20th March. All campus buildings will be closed, including the Library.

Online Library services, including ebooks, databases and Library Search are still available and can be used as normal. There will be no access to the Library or Learning Centre study space, or to the books within the Library, during the period of closure. We will also be unable to provide a reservations service, process new inter-library loan requests, or post books to Online Learners.

You may still receive emails from the Library during this time in regard to overdue or recalled books. This is an automated process and the Library is unable to prevent the emails being sent. Please retain any items during the closure period and ensure that they are returned as soon as the Library reopens.

Library staff will be providing a remote enquiry service during the closure. We can be contacted via email, Twitter or Facebook. For general enquiries see our Contact Us pages – For enquiries about referencing, literature searches or the use of databases see our Library Support pages – Please note that there may be a delay in responding to enquiries dependent on the health and availability of Library staff, who will be working from home during this time.

Guides are available on the Library website – to help you use a range of Library services, including guides to specific databases, referencing templates and search techniques.

For further information on the RGU wide closure please see the main RGU website – Students and staff should follow advice from their School or Department regarding when they can return to campus.