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Celebrating International Open Access Week 21-27 October

21 October 2019

To celebrate the first day of International Open Access Week 2019 we have put together a special edition of our OA infographic focusing on the last 12 months. International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to promote the opening-up of access to research. The event, celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations across the world aims to raise the visibility of scholarship, and to accelerate research and its application.

Since last year’s Open Access Week, we have added over 5,600 new full text research articles to the Cardiff University repository ORCA.

We facilitated Gold OA for over 10% of these articles, allowing anyone with an internet connection to read the full text immediately on publication. Gold OA was funded through the UKRI OA block grant (46%), the Wellcome Trust/COAF OA block grant (31%), and the University’s Institutional OA fund (23%).  All other full text journal articles added during this period will become Open Access via the Green route, with the full text becoming publicly available in ORCA when the publisher’s embargo period expires. We have also added over 450 new PhD theses.

Click on the links at the end of this post to view the full text of our “top 5” downloaded articles and theses over the last 12 months.

Top 5 downloaded articles October 2018 – September 2019

Yalley, P. P. and Kwan, Alan Shu Khen 2009. Use of coconut fibre as an enhancement of concrete. Journal of Engineering and Technology 3 , pp. 54-73

Moore, Theresa H. M., Zammit, Stanley et al 2007. Cannabis use and risk of developing psychotic or affective mental health outcomes: a systematic reviewThe Lancet 370 (9584) , pp. 319-328

Bellentani, Federico and Panico, Mario 2016. The meanings of monuments and memorials: toward a semiotic approachPunctum. International journal of semiotics 2 (1) , pp. 28-46

Théry, Clotilde, Amigorena, Sebastian, Raposo, Graça and Clayton, Aled 2006. Isolation and characterization of exosomes from cell culture supernatants and biological fluidsCurrent Protocols in Cell Biology , Unit 322

Poortinga, Wouter and Whitaker, Louise 2018. Promoting the use of reusable coffee cups through environmental messaging, the provision of alternatives and financial incentivesSustainability 10 (3) , 873.

Top 5 downloaded theses October 2018 – September 2019

Mark, George 2008. The relationship between workplace stress, and job characteristics, individual differences, and mental health. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

Upton, Jack 2012. Hope and the city: a case study of the resiliency adaptations of British boys of African or Caribbean cultural heritage attending Year 7 at an urban secondary school. DEdPsy Thesis, Cardiff University.

Barnard, Helen. 2006. Nature, human nature and value : a study in environmental philosophy. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

Schmedes, Sven 2015. Sustainable design of sports stadiums: case study analysis of stadiums for the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney, 2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University

Stephens, Shiby 2013. A comparative study of tendinous interconnection in the forearm and hand of human cadavers and live subjects. MPhil Thesis, Cardiff University.