Five Open Access Tips for 21st century researchers: Tip #4 Grow your impact with QUT ePrints

This #OAWeek we are introducing five tips on how to make your research open and find open research. Yesterday we looked at publishing wisely, and today’s tip is Grow you impact with QUT ePrints.

QUT ePrints is our institutional repository of research outputs, showcasing the research of QUT staff and postgraduate students. It was established in 2003, when QUT endorsed the world’s first institutional open access policy. Last year QUT ePrints celebrated a truly momentous occasion, surpassing 25 million downloads. The 25th millionth download, a law article by Professor Rosalind Mason, exemplifies this year’s OA Week theme, Open for whom: Equity in Open Knowledge, with the download coming from Namibia.

QUT ePrints now hosts close to 100,000 works which have been downloaded nearly 28 million times! Depositing records and full text is the most important way that QUT researchers can comply with QUT’s open access policy and that of the two big Australian funders — all for free.  But more than that, QUT’s repository allows anyone anywhere to access your research. And if your research is more likely to be discovered and read, your research is more likely to be cited

QUT ePrints allows anyone anywhere to access your research.

It’s Ekka time!

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) runs from 10-19th August this year.

For ten days, the Ekka brings together people from the country and city to celebrate agriculture.

Interested in learning more about agriculture, why not explore QUT Library’s collection?

Here are some resources you may like to check out…

Looking for current research in this subject area? Try searching QUT ePrints!
QUT ePrints is an online collection of scholarly publications, higher degree theses and other research outputs produced by QUT staff and postgraduate students. All records can be accessed by the public and a large proportion include a free-to-read copy of the full-text.

QUT Library will be open on the Royal Queensland Show Public Holiday on Wednesday 15th August:

  • Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Libraries will be open 9am-5pm
  • QUT Law Library will be open 10am-5pm
  • Online Chat will be available from 9am-5pm

See our opening hours for more information.

Share QUT research at the click of a button

Have you read an interesting article in QUT ePrints, and been keen to share it with the world?  Or, have you deposited an article in QUT ePrints and want to make it as visible as possible?

Share buttons on QUT eprints

Now it’s easy to share QUT research!

All items in QUT ePrints now have sharing buttons, making it really simple to share an article with your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.  You can share QUT ePrints across two hundred platforms, including:

  • Reddit
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • Delicious
  • WordPress

Look for the share buttons next time you visit QUT ePrints.


Copyright, road rules, and renting a house

How times have changed! Check out the moustaches on these politicians at the Waterford Courthouse in Ireland more than 100 years ago!

Chances are you haven’t committed a major crime but, whether you realise it or not, the law is always around us. It governs our driving, our downloads, our interactions with others, our behaviour in public, our housing and much more.

National Law Week runs from May 11-15 to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society.

Two of our staff chilling out in the Law Library and enjoying some food while they’re at it – that fairy floss looks delicious!

The good news is that you don’t have to be studying at QUT to find out about what our legal boffins are up to:

So next time you want to complain about a noisy neighbour or download a copy of Dallas Buyer’s Club, think about us and all our amazing resources or contact the Department of Justice for legal advice.

QUT ePrints celebrates its ten millionth download!

That’s right, it happened at precisely 4:26pm on Tuesday 28th May.  The actual downloaded item and author are being kept a secret until a special celebration later in the year.

The good news continues as QUT ePrints was ranked as the top repository in Australia, and the world’s 14th top institutional repository and 21st top repository overall in the Ranking Web of Repositories. This outstanding result supports QUT’s research aspirations by making QUT’s research outputs globally accessible.

QUT ePrints enjoys thousands of downloads daily.

Download stats as at 31 May, 2013 (approx. 2pm)