Open Access at Oxford reached a new milestone this summer with the deposit of the 20,000th journal article for Act on Acceptance in the University’s repository ORA. The milestone article was co-authored by Dr Tim Schwanen (Director of the Transport Studies Unit, in the School of Geography and Environment), entitled ‘Pokémon GO and physical activity in Asia: multilevel study’, in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. For more details see the ORA record.
In view of the ongoing efforts being made by the University to widen access to its research findings, and the resulting increase in full text available through ORA, Dr Schwanen commented:
“It is wonderful that our paper on the health benefits of Pokémon GO is the 20.000th paper deposited in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA). This goes to show Oxford researchers’ commitment to making their publications accessible to anyone across the world. At a time when academic library budgets are under pressure and numerous institutions, particularly outside the Western world, cannot afford the often expensive contracts with journal publishers, institutional repositories such as ORA go some way towards making research available to many potential audiences.”
How? By making the deposited version freely available (usually the accepted manuscript) when publisher rights permit, in addition to providing a link to the published article on the journal website. This enables anyone with an internet connection including other researchers, businesses, charities, and the general public to read a version of the article in full without need of a subscription to the journal.
ORA’s usage statistics map shows the many countries using ORA. But it’s not only audiences beyond the University who benefit from access to the versions in ORA. It helps us too if it’s an article in a journal that we don’t currently subscribe to, which happened to be the case with our 15,000th deposit.
How many Oxford researchers have Acted on Acceptance?
Articles by over 5,200 authors affiliated with the University were deposited for Act on Acceptance between April 2016 and July 2018. Around half of the deposited papers were from authors in medical sciences.
What do we mean by ‘deposits for Act on Acceptance’?
This refers to journal articles and conference papers accepted for publication since 1 April 2016 and uploaded into our institutional repository ORA in line with open access policy for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).
Deposits of newly-accepted articles have risen steadily since the policy took effect, and now average around 900 per month. Total deposits in ORA average around 1300 per month including other publication types such as book chapters, working papers and theses.
Thank you to everyone involved. For more information please visit our Act on Acceptance page.