The effect of open access and downloads (‘hits’) on citation impact: a bibliography of studies

The OpCit Project

The OpCit Project

“Recent studies have begun to show that open access increases impact”

Following on from the previous post about the Manchester “eScholar” open repository project,  I thought I’d post a link to research looking at The effect of open access and downloads (‘hits’) on citation impact: a bibliography of studies.

The research came out of The OpCit project, which was funded by the Joint NSF – JISC International Digital Libraries Research Programme. It is well worth exploring if you are interested in the area of Open Access and it’s potential for increasing citations.

eScholar – University of Manchester’s Institutional Repository

oaYesterday saw the launch of  “eScholar” – Manchester University’s Institutional repository.

Open access respositories are changing the scholarly landscape and this project provides the facility to upload a range of acadmic material .

It is well worth having a look at open access and copyright and also “RoMEO” – the searchable database of publisheres copyright and self-archiving policies.

There are numerous reasons why you should have a look at eScholar (see the FAQ for a comprehensive list).

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Doctoral student volunteers wanted for a ground‐breaking research study!

jisc1bl11Researchers of Tomorrow:This three year study is looking into the way you undertake research as part of your PhD.

The team are looking for students who are interested in being involved. So if you were you born between 1982 and 1994 (Generation Y),  started your doctorate in 2008 or 2009 and would like to take part in the study please get in touch with Louise Wetheridge at or telephone 020 7247 3370.

BiotechnologyYES Competition

biotechyes1The Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) aims to raise your awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience research. You can compete in teams to develop a hypothetical business idea with the help of expert mentors from the biotechnology sector.

Workshops are held throughout the UK, feeding into a National Final with a prize of £1000 for the winning team.

The 2009 YES Competition has been launched with a closing date for entries of 17 June 2009.

For more information and an entry form visit or if you are interested in participating contact Tracey Hassall-Jones

Venture Further Competition

venturefurtherManchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) have announced the launch of Manchester University’s student business plan competition, Venture Further.  Individuals or teams could win a total of £10,000 worth of cash prizes for the most promising business plan submission. The plans can be for businesses that are already set-up and running or those they wish to set-up. This year MEC are particularly keen to get entries for plans based on Social Enterprise.  For further advice please contact Martin Henery, MEC.