What can we tell from downloads from the Research Repository?
While the Research Repository cannot tell us exactly who is downloading*, it can tell us which countries are downloading UWE Bristol research - opening up opportunities for collaboration and seeing how far UWE Bristol research can reach. The following map shows the download figures for 2016
*this is a conscious decision by the Research team. In order to obtain more detailed information, users would need to log in - which is a barrier to open access
Downloads per faculty
Which faculty receives the most downloads from the Research Repository? See the graph for 2016 below:
...if we remove the most downloaded paper** from the statistics, how does this affect the download proportions?
This is not an indication of which faculty has the 'best' research, or even which faculty has the most research available for download. It does show what research is popular to read, and perhaps indicates which faculties are best at promoting their research
We know from anecdotal experience (and checking theses) that this paper is downloaded a lot by students
**Braun, V. and Clarke, V. (2006) Using thematic analysis in psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3 (2). pp. 77-101 (downloaded 121024 times in 2016)
Downloads in proportion to full text items
Visitors vs downloads
The visitor totals follow a clear academic year pattern, with dips in visitor numbers in the summer and increases in the autumn and spring terms. This would suggest that the visitors are mainly researchers, students, and others involved in academia. The downloads figures also follow this pattern, with most downloads occurring at times of high pressure for academics and students.
Statistics taken from the UWE Research Repository, comScore.eu (visitor numbers) and IRUS (more accurate download figures)
by Charley Vaughton