2020 in review: ePrints

Following on from our annual review of data.ncl this post highlights some key statistics from our ePrints repository where researchers share their publications.

Headline stats for 2020

5086 new publication records added (total of 124,957)

2989 new full text publications made available (total 26,582)

289,864 views

33,031 downloads

Our three most viewed publications were:

  1. Agroecosystem management and nutritional quality of plant foods: The case of organic fruits and vegetables
  2. Associations between childhood maltreatment and inflammatory markers
  3. Cars, EVs and battery recycling forecasts and economic models

Author profile pages were also some of our most popular pages, so we’d encourage researchers to keep their publication list is up-to-date.

Adding publications to ePrints makes them eligible for REF, but also means they are more visible and can have more impact. We optimise ePrints for research discovery and syndicate content to aggregation services such as CORE and unpaywall. That helps people find free versions of research that would otherwise be inaccessible to them as well as making text and data mining more feasible.

Our aim for 2021 is to increase the proportion of research outputs we make open access in ePrints. That will be helped by our new transformative agreements with publishers that make open access free for our authors and by funder policies like that of the Wellcome Trust and Plan S that increasingly mandate this.

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Steve

I promote and support open access at Newcastle University as part of the Library Research Services team. I have previously worked as a researcher (virology) and in staff development on the use of technology in higher education.

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