Tag Archives: DSpace@MIT

Open access downloads: October 2022

October 2022 Downloads this month 303,103; Downloads since OA policy began: 22,095,463; Articles in the OA collection: 52,123; Featured country: France: 4,421 downloadsThe Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT includes scholarly articles by MIT-affiliated authors made available through open access policies at MIT or publisher agreements.

Each month we highlight the month’s download numbers and a few of the most-downloaded articles in the collection, and we feature stats and comments from a particular country.

See your own download statistics or those of a particular MIT department, lab, or center.

Top downloaded articles for October:

Nuclear energy in a carbon-constrained world: Big challenges and big opportunities, Jacopo Buongiorno, Michael Corradini, John Parsons, David Petti

Poverty, depression, and anxiety: Causal evidence and mechanisms, Matthew Ridley, Gautam Rao, Frank Schilbach, Vikram Patel

Fake news, fast and slow: Deliberation reduces belief in false (but not true) news headlines, Bence Bago, David G. Rand, Gordon Pennycook

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Celebrating MIT’s open access policy

Today, for our final Open Access Week story, we celebrate MIT’s 13-year-old open access policy: a legal tool that lets authors hold onto rights under copyright so they can share their scholarly articles and let others reuse and remix them. 

More than 57% of papers published by MIT faculty since 2009 are OA in the Libraries DSpace repository. Those 52,000 articles have been downloaded more than 22 million times. 

A decade ago we began collecting comments from readers of OA articles in DSpace. We’ve now received more than 1,000: from high school students to PhDs; retired consultants to medical patients; middle school teachers to novelists. Readers live in Australia, the Philippines, Uganda, and they reach out to let us know what it means to them to have access to peer-reviewed, scholarly works. 

Here’s some of what they’ve told us: 

  • I am an ordinary citizen of Australia without institutional access to scientific papers. I came across this paper in the course of reading about climate science. I applaud and thank MIT Libraries for making important papers freely available.
  • I have benefited many times with open access articles as they allow us a glimpse into what cutting-edge work is happening at the knowledge frontier. Please keep this up. I feel your open access initiative is critical to avoid formation of data silos or concentration of knowledge among the rich or privileged.
    -Corporate researcher, India
  • I am an art student at Leeds Arts University and I am interested in speculative realism and materialism. This article has been really helpful in getting a better grasp of the discourse surrounding these theories, especially in light of the Covid-19 situation, where I cannot access my university library.
    -United Kingdom
  • The access has greatly helped our research on slums in Pakistan. The non-availability of quality open access articles is prohibitive for good research in developing countries.
    -Faculty/researcher, Pakistan
  • I teach at a small college. Our library cannot afford all the journal subscriptions I need to be an effective researcher, author, and teacher. Without open access, my students and I wouldn’t be able to make the same progress as those at larger institutions.
    -United States
  • I had been going through tons of material to help with my research on thermoelectric modules, and I stumbled across an article that seems to hold some vital information. I almost sank back in my chair in despair when I saw the price tag, which I know I cannot afford. What saved me was the graciousness of whoever in MIT uploaded that same material for free. You may not fully know the far reaching effects of the good you have done, but I assure you whatever your vision is, it’s working!
    -Grad student, Nigeria
  • I’m a researcher at an institution that is suffering from severe budget cuts. Among the things that have been cut are subscriptions to some academic journals (a list that was not that extensive to begin with). I couldn’t do any serious work if it weren’t for the individuals and institutions who are making an effort to provide free access to academic research.
    -Puerto Rico
  • I recently graduated with an LLM degree and I no longer have access to my school library collection. I am currently doing research on advertising and privacy laws. It is always great to find open access articles which are reliable (peer-reviewed and published), simply because it is impossible for me to afford article or subscription fees. My personal opinion is that, since scientific research is funded by universities, it should belong to everyone.
    -Lawyer, Turkey
  • I am now part of an important academic and civic conversation I would never have had access to otherwise, simply because I do not have the resources to invest in exploring new content in academic research and would never have discovered it. Open access to these articles means open access to not only information but to the very community of people that care about and work on the topics shared. This is the way forward.
    -Researcher, Mexico
  • I am an ovarian cancer patient. I will probably have to have other surgeries. The technology in this article hopefully will increase the chances of success in the treatment.
    -Materials engineer, Brazil
  • I am a 30 year old female mechanical engineer. Recently, I started a STEM women’s group at my work due to the large (and typical) disparity between the number of men and women in engineering, engineering support, and engineering management roles. As an aspiring manager, I think it is important to understand the differences in how men and women think and experience the engineering workplace. I read the article to gain insight on how non-technical/educational experience impacts men and women in engineering. I think many of the insights can be carried over and observed in the professional workplace as well.
    -United States

Open access downloads: September 2022

Downloads this month 292,233; Downloads since OA policy began 21,792,360; Articles in the OA collection 51,685; Featured country: Thailand, 569 downloadsThe Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT includes scholarly articles by MIT-affiliated authors made available through open access policies at MIT or publisher agreements.

Each month we highlight the month’s download numbers and a few of the most-downloaded articles in the collection, and we feature stats and comments from a particular country.

See your own download statistics or those of a particular MIT department, lab, or center.

Top downloaded articles for September:

Multi-Touch Kit: A Do-It-Yourself Technique for Capacitive Multi-Touch Sensing Using a Commodity Microcontroller, Narjes Pourjafarian, Anusha Withana, Joseph A. Paradiso, Jürgen Steimle

Measuring Trade Profile with Granular Product-Level Data, In Song Kim, Steven Liao, Kosuke Imai

How RO membrane permeability and other performance factors affect process cost and energy use: A review, Yoshiki Okamoto, John H.Lienhard

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Open access downloads: August 2022

The Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT includes scholarly articles by MIT-affiliated authors made available through open access policies at MIT or publisher agreements.

Each month we highlight the month’s download numbers and a few of the most-downloaded articles in the collection, and we feature stats and comments from a particular country.

See your own download statistics or those of a particular MIT department, lab, or center.

Top downloaded articles for August:

Stakeholder and Constraint-Driven Innovation of a Novel, Lever-Propelled, All-Terrain Wheelchair, Amos G. Winter

The IllustrisTNG simulations: public data release, Dylan Nelson, Volker Springel, Annalisa Pillepich, Vicente Rodriguez-Gomez, Paul Torrey, Shy Genel, Mark Vogelsberger, Ruediger Pakmor, Federico Marinacci, Rainer Weinberger, Luke Kelley, Mark Lovell, Benedikt Diemer, Lars Hernquist

Preserving Privacy Based on Semantic Policy Tools, Lalana Kagal, Joseph Pato

Questions or comments? Email us: oastats@mit.edu

Open access downloads: July 2022

The Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT includes scholarly articles by MIT-affiliated authors made available through open access policies at MIT or publisher agreements.

Each month we highlight the month’s download numbers and a few of the most-downloaded articles in the collection, and we feature stats and comments from a particular country.

See your own download statistics or those of a particular MIT department, lab, or center.

Top downloaded articles for July:

A Simulation-Based Method to Evaluate the Impact of Product Architecture on Product Evolvability, Jianxi Luo

Computational Multicopter Design, Tao Du, Adriana Schulz, Bo Zhu, Bernd Bickel, Wojciech Matusik

Regulating Uber: The Politics of the Platform Economy in Europe and the United States, Kathleen Thelen

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Open access downloads: June 2022

Downloads this month: 241,430; Downloads since OA policy began: 21,093,686; Articles in the OA collection: 49,575; Featured country: Chile, 513 downloadsThe Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT includes scholarly articles by MIT-affiliated authors made available through open access policies at MIT or publisher agreements.

Each month we highlight the month’s download numbers and a few of the most-downloaded articles in the collection, and we feature stats and comments from a particular country.

See your own download statistics or those of a particular MIT department, lab, or center.

Top downloaded articles for June:

Micro to Macro: Optimal Trade Policy With Firm Heterogeneity, Arnaud Costinot, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare, Iván Werning

The Surprising Breadth of Harbingers of Failure, Duncan Simester, Catherine Tucker, Clair Yang

An Engineering Review of the Farm Tractor’s Evolution to a Dominant Design, Guillermo F. Díaz Lankenau, Amos G. Winter V

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Open access downloads: May 2022

Downloads this month 405,922; Downloads since OA policy began 20,852,256; Articles in the OA collection: 49,067; Featured country: Tanzania 151 downloads The Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT includes scholarly articles by MIT-affiliated authors made available through open access policies at MIT or publisher agreements.

Each month we highlight the month’s download numbers and a few of the most-downloaded articles in the collection, and we feature stats and comments from a particular country.

See your own download statistics or those of a particular MIT department, lab, or center.

Top downloaded articles for May:

State estimation for aggressive flight in GPS-denied environments using onboard sensing, Adam Bry, Abraham Bachrach, Nicholas Roy

Electroreduction of carbon dioxide to formate at high current densities using tin and tin oxide gas diffusion electrodes, Sujat Sen, Steven M. Brown, McLain Leonard, Fikile R. Brushett

The Postdoc Queue: A Labour Force in Waiting, Maryam A. Andalib, Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Richard C. Larson

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Open access downloads: April 2022

Downloads this month 256,180; Downloads since OA policy began: 20,446,334; Articles in the OA collection 48,343; Featured country: Switzerland: 1,158 downloads The Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT includes scholarly articles by MIT-affiliated authors made available through open access policies at MIT or publisher agreements.

Each month we highlight the month’s download numbers and a few of the most-downloaded articles in the collection, and we feature stats and comments from a particular country.

See your own download statistics or those of a particular MIT department, lab, or center.

Top downloaded articles for April:

Regulating Uber: The Politics of the Platform Economy in Europe and the United States, Kathleen Thelen

The Moral Machine Experiment: 40 Million Decisions and the Path to Universal Machine Ethics, Edmond Awad, Sohan Dsouza, Richard Kim, Jonathan Schulz, Joseph Henrich, Azim Shariff, Jean-François Bonnefon, Iyad Rahwan

Understanding the Tumor Immune Microenvironment (TIME) for Effective Therapy, Mikhail Binnewies et al.

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OA collection of DSpace@MIT surpasses 20M downloads

Downloads this month 230,263; Downloads since OA policy began 20,190,154; Articles in the OA collection 47,815; Featured country: India; 8,189 downloads The Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT includes scholarly articles by MIT-affiliated authors made available through open access policies at MIT or publisher agreements. This month, we reached a new milestone: People around the world have downloaded OA articles more than 20 million times!

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Top downloaded articles for March:

Polynomial Trajectory Planning for Aggressive Quadrotor Flight in Dense Indoor Environments, Charles Richter, Adam Bry, Nicholas Roy

Revisiting the physics of spider ballooning, Kimberly S. Sheldon, Longhua Zhao, Angela Chuang, Iordanka N. Panayotova, Laura A. Miller and Lydia Bourouiba

A Planners’ Planner: John Friedmann’s quest for a general theory of planning, Bish Sanyal

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