Publication statistics ...

My publication stats from Open Research Online (ORO)

Like many universities and research institutes, the Open University set up a research publications repository back in 2005/06 (as part of the preparation work for the RAE 2008).  It is called Open Research Online (ORO) and has grown into a really significant collection of research outputs that span a breadth of topics - from health and social care to business and law and mathematics and computing.   A particular strength of the system is that it provides an easy way to share our research papers with the world, without having to manually upload things to our personal webpages.

Recently the developers included an overview page that shows the download statistics for papers by each author, which shows that the 36 papers I have added to the system have generated a total of just over 7250 downloads.  The most downloaded papers relate to work on privacy and usability that was undertaken as part of the PRiMMA project.  Of course these statistics don't include downloads through other sites such as and ResearchGate, but it is useful to get a sense of which papers are of most interest to the community.  The danger is that some people view these statistics as some kind of proxy for research quality or individual researcher's performance!


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