As of the end of May 2015, downloads of articles deposited in relation to the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy topped 3.1 million on a total of approximately 16,800 articles, which were collectively downloaded over 96,000 times during the month.
Readers included a university researcher in Australia who accessed Professor Carlo Ratti’s paper A digital image of the city: 3D isovists in Lynch’s urban analysis and wrote:
“just a thanks. …by letting the greater public access your articles openly you promote education in the world. Thanks.”
Also in May, a US-based researcher was reading The Ear as a Location for Wearable Vital Signs Monitoring by MIT Professors Thomas Heldt and Charles G. Sodini (and others) and wrote that he was using the article to support development of a medical device to treat chronic pain.
Other readers’ comments are available at the Scholarly Publishing website.
Among the most downloaded articles for the month of May 2015 were:
- The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations by MIT author Professor Emilio J. Castilla and coauthor Stephen Benard (also the most downloaded in April).
- Electrochemical Double-Layer Capacitors Using Carbon Nanotube Electrode Structures by MIT authors Professors Joel Schindall and John Kassakian, with coauthors Daniel C. Ku and Riccardo Signorelli (also among the most downloaded in April).
- How does financial reporting quality relate to investment efficiency? by MIT author Professor Rodrigo Verdi and coauthors Gilles Hilary and Gary C. Biddle.
- Sampling-based algorithms for optimal motion planning, by MIT Professors Emilio Frazolli and Sertac Karaman.
- The thermophysical properties of seawater: A review of existing correlations and data by MIT authors Professor John Lienhard and Research Affiliate Syed M. Zubair, and coauthor Mostafa H Sharqawy (also among the most downloaded in April).
To view download statistics, including on a global map, visit the Open Access Article Statistics site.
This news is part of a series of monthly reports on activity related to the Open Access Articles Collection in DSpace@MIT, which was launched in October 2009 to house articles deposited in association with the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.
Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Program Manager, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright & Licensing, MIT Libraries