KU ScholarWorks reaches 1 million downloads

LAWRENCE – The open access repository at the University of Kansas, KU ScholarWorks, has freely shared the results of research done at KU more than 1 million times. The landmark was reached in November 2011; KU ScholarWorks was launched in March 2007.

“Reaching this major milestone shows that our faculty want to share their knowledge more broadly,” said Lorraine Haricombe, dean of KU Libraries. “It also underscores how important it is to have good tools, infrastructure and expert help available to meet that goal. KU ScholarWorks is one critical component of that infrastructure.”

7,517 total items are currently available, including works of scholarship as varied as journal articles, full-length books, academic presentations and posters, recorded interviews, theses and dissertations, representing the research of KU faculty, staff and students. The average number of downloads per item is 149.

KU ScholarWorks has a global reach, with users in 215 countries.

KU has been a leader in the open access movement. In October, KU became one of the first American universities to sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. Earlier this year, the university took the lead in forming the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI), a growing organization of 42 North American universities that collaborates and shares policy implementation strategies and advocates on a national level for institutions with open access policies. In 2009, the University of Kansas became the first public institution in the United States to adopt a faculty open access policy.

To learn more about Open Access at KU, visit here.