OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.40 – April 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.


OpenAIR currently contains 3801 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

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

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Aberdeen Business School – 568
Gray’s School of Art – 250
Law School – 171
School of Applied Social Studies – 141
School of Computing and Digital Media – 499
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 458
School of Engineering – 561
School of Health Sciences – 173
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 263
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 592
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 265
Other departments – 19


Last month, in March, there were a total of 3071 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 29.04.2020.

Temporary access to additional online resources – more resources added

The library is pleased to report that we’ve added even more resources to our collection of temporary free resources being made available by publishers and resource suppliers.
To access these go to this web page: Temporary access to additional online resources

Items added recently are:

    • EBSCO Academic Collection – multidisciplinary eBook collection
    • EBSCO Harvard Business Review Press Collection – eBooks from HBR
    • IEEE eLearning courses – online courses aimed at engineering and computing
    • Pharmacy Knowledge – an online learning platform covering a wide range of pharmacy topics
    • Westlaw eBooks – an additional 19 law eBooks

Other highlights include:

    • Bloomsbury databases – a range of databases covering areas like architecture, design, human kinetics and much more
    • Oxford Law Trove – OUP’s law platform
    • VitalSource – where users can borrow 7 textbooks from a range of publishers
    • Cambridge Core – access to html textbooks


Westlaw eBook problems resolved

Over the last few months we have experienced problems with access to eBooks on the Westlaw platform. We have essentially been able to access titles that were not part of our subscription; more information about the problem can be seen here.

We are pleased to report that these problems have now been resolved and the eBooks accessible on the platform are the ones included within our subscription.

You can see a list of what titles are available to access here: Westlaw eBooks for RGU students and staff.

Temporary access to additional online resources

In response to the measures that have been put in place for the COVID-19 outbreak, some publishers and resource suppliers have been offering temporary, free or increased access to resources such as eBooks and online journals in order to support online teaching, learning and research.

Some have also been offering temporary open access to collections of material related to the outbreak.

The library is investigating these and, where possible, making them available through a new web page.

Temporary access to additional online resources

Please check this web page regularly as we will update the page as offers are finalised.

Deals already on offer include eBooks from Cambridge Core, ScienceDirect, and VitalSource. There is also access to the Oxford Law Trove resources, British Online Archives and a range of databases from Bloomsbury on topics such as architecture, design and human kinetics.