Murdoch research goes worldwide

March 18, 2011

Murdoch University research is gaining global recognition through its online Research Repository, which has just ranked within the top 500 of world institutional repositories.

The Ranking Web of World Repositories has listed Murdoch University as 447th out of 1120 worldwide entries, which puts it at 18th out of the 34 Australian entries and 1st in Western Australia.

Liz Burke, Director of Library Services at Murdoch University, said the rankings reflect the impressive results that are showing up in the Research Repository’s download statistics.

“Statistics are recorded when an openly accessible article is accessed from anywhere around the world,” she said.

“Murdoch’s research is being discovered by search engines, especially Google and Google Scholar, with around 63 per cent of downloads originating from these two sources.

“In February there was a record 14,679 downloads from the 1560 items that have full text attached.”

The ranking aims to support Open Access initiatives and free access to scholarly publications. Web indicators are used to measure the global visibility and impact of repositories.

Online users in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Japan and France are among those downloading research from the Murdoch repository at high rates.

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an openly accessible digital collection of Murdoch staff and students’ scholarly and research outputs. It aims to increase the visibility of, and accessibility to, Murdoch’s research and as a result improve the impact of the valuable work that is undertaken.

To access the Murdoch repository, go to

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