MIT Faculty Open Access Policy yields 3.1M downloads & many thankful readers

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.

Professor Castilla's paper The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations, as it appears in DSpace@MIT.

Professor Castilla’s paper The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations, as it appears in DSpace@MIT.

Among the most downloaded articles for the month of May 2015 were:

To view download statistics, including on a global map, visit the Open Access Article Statistics site.

MIT authors may deposit a manuscript to the collection by logging in at DSpace@MIT.

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