Note: To mark OA Week 2017, we have invited Brandon Board, a graduate student in our Department of Library and Information Science, to share a recent analysis of benefits of the institutional repository to faculty authors. [J.O.]
Have you considered ScholarWorks for sharing your work? ScholarWorks is IUPUI’s digital repository, which houses over 12,000 “articles, posters, reports, theses, educational materials and historical documents submitted by members of the campus community” (IUPUI ScholarWorks Repository, 2017). By making your work open access (available free of charge to anyone, anywhere in the world—no subscriptions or log in required) in ScholarWorks, your scholarship will be more likely to be found, read, and cited! In her summary of studies on the topic, Alma Swan (2010) found that 27 of 31 studies (87%) found a measurable increase in citation rate for open access work versus subscription-based literature (p. 17). While the citation advantage ranges from 8% (McCabe & Snyder, 2014) to 600%, depending on the discipline (Swan, p. 17), a 2010 study found that “the citation advantage of Open Access was ‘real, independent and causal’” (Zhang & Watson, 2017).
The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is one School on the IUPUI campus that may begin to see these citation increases. Philanthropy scholars have contributed 46 different items to the ScholarWorks collection since the beginning of 2016. These items have covered many different topics, from building donor loyalty (here) and tracking giving across generations (here) to understanding the various motivations involved in charitable giving—such as altruism (here) and narcissism (here).
Some of the most popular authors with ScholarWorks articles from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy include Debra Mesch, Jacqueline Ackerman, Andrea Pactor, and Jonathan Bergdoll—all of whom have had their articles downloaded more than 11,000 times! But, the top author from the School of Philanthropy is Una Osili, whose work has been downloaded nearly 24,000 times!
These articles have been viewed nearly 9,000 times in less than two years! And of those views, more than half (50.8%) resulted in the item being downloaded. This represents an average of 193 views and 98 downloads per item. And keep in mind: this number is not adjusted for publication date, so it is skewed lower by items that have been uploaded more recently, and have not had the time to be viewed and downloaded as much as the others.
ScholarWorks allows your scholarship to be accessed, downloaded, and cited from anywhere in the world. Since the beginning of 2016, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has had ScholarWorks articles downloaded from countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Israel, Russia, Japan, Pakistan, Sweden, and Egypt—and many more. This ability—for your scholarship to be made available to anyone, anywhere in the world—greatly increases the chances that a fellow scholar will find, read, and cite your work!
Conclusion: Let Open Access Work for You!
Uploading your scholarly work to the IUPUI ScholarWorks repository is a great (and easy) way to ensure that it can be discovered by your fellow scholars around the globe. And as mentioned, research suggests that sharing your work via an open access platform such as ScholarWorks can have a significant impact on the likelihood that other scholars will find, read, and cite it in their own work.
Authors from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy have already contributed works to the ScholarWorks repository. And even though there has not been much time for this to turn into citations for their works, the numbers suggest that there has been significant readership—which is likely to lead to citations.
If you’re a member of the IUPUI campus and would like to share work openly on ScholarWorks, login (https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/) or get in touch with IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get started today!
IUPUI ScholarWorks Repository. (2017, 10 10). Retrieved from IUPUI website: https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/
McCabe, M. J., & Snyder, C. M. (2014). Identifying the effecet of Open Access on citations using a panel of science journals. Economic Inquiry, 1284-1300.
Swan, A. (2010). The Open Access citation advantage: studies and results to date. Key Perspectives Report, 1-17.
Zhang, L., & Watson, E. M. (2017). Measuring the impact of gold and green open access. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 337-345.
Brandon Board, graduate student
Department of Library and Information Science
IU School of Informatics and Computing