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Subject:

Linking Strategies for Papers in Institutional Repositories

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Brian Kelly <[log in to unmask]>

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Brian Kelly <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 3 Jul 2012 18:22:16 +0100

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At a recent meeting with two of the University of Bath PVCs, the PVC for 
Research told me that my name had been mentioned at a recent meeting 
about the University of Bath repository, as it had been brought to her 
attention that I had had the largest number of downloads in the 
repository.  I was asked to describe the approaches I'd taken  with 
other researchers at Bath University.  I explained that I had submitted 
a paper to the Open Repositories 2012 conference about this - so my host 
institution has had a few weeks to exploit the approaches :-)

As described in a blog post posted earlier today -
http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/paper-accepted-for-or12/
- the success seems to be based on incoming links to my papers from 
popular researcher profiler services such as LinkedIn and Academia.edu.

My co-author Jenny Delasalle, University of Warwick has been looking at 
use of such services across the sector - but we have found little 
evidence of pro-active encouragement for use of such services. However, 
ironically, our paper highlights how commercial publishers are 
encouraging their authors to use such services to link to papers hosted 
behind the publishers' paywalls.

  Note the paper (available at http://opus.bath.ac.uk/30227/ ) looks at 
other possible reasons - the papers might be brilliant (not the case!); 
the co-authors may attract interest; the availability of the papers in 
HTML format may enhance their ranking; etc. - and makes the point that 
downloads aren't in themselves, an indicator of quality - although 
enhancing the numbers of downloads, especially to targetted audiences 
which you may get if one connects with one's peers using such services, 
can enhance the likelihood that practitioners may take up the ideas in a 
paper and researchers cite the ideas.

I'd be interested in hearing if people are encouraging use of such 
services in the way that commercial publishers seem to be doing - and 
perhaps talking to interested parties who are attending OR12. If you'd 
like to meet up at OR12, my OR12 Crowdvine profile is at
http://or2012.crowdvine.com/profiles/204996

A slidecast based on the ideas in the paper, lasting 4 mins 47 seconds, 
is available at
http://www.slideshare.net/lisbk/kelly-delasalle

Thanks

Brian

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Brian Kelly
Innovation Support Centre, UKOLN, University of Bath, Bath, UK, BA2 7AY
Phone: 01225 383943
Email: [log in to unmask]
Blog: http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/briankelly
Web: http://isc.ukoln.ac.uk/

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