Tuesday, 27 May 2008

10 reasons to use BURO

  1. BURO increases the visibility of research

  2. BURO provides access to an additional measure of the impact of research, downloads

  3. research funders require open access publication - although this can also be achieved by paying to publish in a conventional journal to cover the publishers cost

  4. a number of UK universities are moving towards requiring deposit in institutional repositories - this does not currently include Bournemouth

  5. BURO is a single point to feed information into university systems, information can be drawn from the repository instead of requests for information made to individual researchers

  6. BURO is a tool to manage publications: exporting to reference management software or directly to documents, reports and research proposals, and a persistent URL to link to publications

  7. BURO allows professional services, schools and research centres to group research outputs together to showcase their research activity and integrate these into their public facing web sites

  8. BURO provides a robust system for self archiving including different versions of the same document

  9. BURO provides access to groups who might not otherwise have access, for example prospective students and those studying developing countries

  10. BURO will increase my citation count*

*The claim that publishing in a repository will increase your citation counts has been challenged by Craig et al. (2007). Briefly, Craig et al. argue that previous studies which suggested a causal link showed a skewed distribution and selection bias in their sampling. In addition studies do not take account of time differences between publication in an Open Access form and publication in a scholarly journal. This could mean Open Access papers used in earlier studies can be available for up to 12 months before the conventionally published articles they are compared with. As articles accrue citations over time it is important to compare over the same time frame. Craig et al. also point out that a causal relationship between citation counts and Open Access implies authors do not have a broad view of the literature and will cite Open Access sources because they are easily available. Their conclusion is that there is no evidence for a casual effect between Open Access forms of publication and increased citation counts. Finally its important to remember that citation behaviour is discipline specific and so to generalise from one study in one discipline area to another can be misleading.


Craig, I.D., Plume, A.M., McVeigh, M.E., Pringle, J. & Amin, M., 2007. Do open access articles have greater citation impact? A critical review of the literature. Journal Informatics, 1(3), 239-248. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2007.04.001. [Accessed 21 May 2008].

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