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Coming Improvements to the Expert Gallery Suite

December 15, 2016

Those of you with SelectedWorks already have access to the new Impact Dashboard and the beta version of the Expert Gallery. In January, we’ll launch the full Expert Gallery Suite, which combines all three products and includes new ways to engage groups on campus and off. If you’re still on campus, keep an eye out for some of these features to start rolling before the new year.

Unlimited Custom Galleries on Campus Pages

You and your campus partners will be able to create an unlimited number of custom galleries and seamlessly add them to any campus site. Whether it’s a three-person panel at an upcoming conference or 300 winners of teaching and research awards, you can quickly group together galleries that showcase a wide variety of campus expertise.



New and Easier Ways for Visitors to Engage with Experts  

Contact forms on every SelectedWorks profile make it easy for users to connect with your institution’s experts. Notification options let relevant groups on campus see inquiries to faculty as they come in.

New search facets help people on and off campus find who they’re looking for, from a research collaborator for an interdisciplinary grant to a faculty mentor in a particular field. Potential partners in the private sector can also search by key term or specialization to find the help they need.

Better Support for Faculty Research Services   

You’re already working with a slew of other services—the more easily they all fit together, the better. In 2017 we’re keeping that in mind as we explore more efficient ways to fill out profiles and works. One early step is to collect author identifiers into SelectedWorks profiles and Digital Commons. We’ll keep you posted as we research other ways to help your hard work go further and faster.

Development Sneak Preview: Upcoming features for Digital Commons

December 13, 2016

Things on campus might be slowing down, but we’re still rolling out some exciting new features for Digital Commons over the next month.


Adoption of ORCID identifiers is growing across the research landscape; funders and publishers are starting to require ORCID, and libraries are increasingly supporting this need.

Later this month SelectedWorks subscribers will have the capacity to collect ORCID identifiers and affiliate them with author profiles. In early 2017, we will extend this capacity for Digital Commons, which will allow users to capture ORCID and affiliate it with author information and publications.

HTTPS everywhere

It is important to us to protect the privacy and integrity of the information that you share on our platforms. We’ve had https enabled on SelectedWorks for the last year, and starting in January this authentication will also be available on Digital Commons and our Dashboards.

More features for Author Dashboards

With custom date ranges and new sharing options, authors and researchers will have access to more precise tools to demonstrate the impact of their work. These new Author Dashboard features, below, will be available mid-January.



New look for Author Galleries

SelectedWorks Author Galleries are getting a fresh new look and more information about research interest and discipline on author cards. Users can explore faculty profiles or click on browse by category for more extensive search. We’ll be rolling out galleries to all our SelectedWorks/Digital Commons subscribers in two weeks, but meanwhile you can check out some pilot galleries at Wright State’s CoreScholar, University of Central Florida’s Stars Repository, and Trinity University’s Digital Commons.


If you have questions, or if you are interested in piloting some of our upcoming new releases, please contact us at

Full Expert Gallery Suite Coming in January 2017

December 6, 2016

We’ve always developed with the goal of helping you showcase the work your campus produces. This year we’ve created new ways to show off the people behind that work: your faculty and researchers.

We’re thrilled to offer a sneak peek at the full Expert Gallery Suite, already available in beta and officially launching in January 2017.

Expert Galleries

Show off the people who make your institution unique, and better land the funding and media opportunities that so often get missed.

  • Find and highlight experts by interest, skill set, and research emphasis
  • Create custom galleries for any group or event on campus
  • Easily match faculty with opportunities using an intuitive interface



SelectedWorks Profiles

Rich, curated profiles reflect the value of your faculty, their work, and the institution that helped foster it.

  • Build and manage consistent, university-branded faculty profiles
  • Share articles, books, syllabi, presentations, images, streaming media files, and more
  • Engage faculty with readership metrics through the Author Dashboard



Impact Dashboard

View, filter, and share detailed information about the impact of your faculty’s profiles and works.

  • On-demand analytics show which institutions and organizations are reading faculty work
  • Exportable readership information for different campus institutes, departments, or schools
  • Share activity and impact trends with department chairs and other stakeholders


Measuring Impact: Ensuring Reliable Download Statistics

December 1, 2016

In the world of academic publishing and online scholarship, accurate download statistics matter more than ever to authors, administrators, and institutions. Yet it’s never been more challenging to distinguish between computers and human readers–robots are becoming more sophisticated, and filtering methods need to evolve on a continuous basis to keep pace. Bepress recognizes this need, and our engineering team is dedicated to staying on the leading edge of technological advances that go beyond accepted standards in order to provide the best possible measures of impact.

Bepress recently joined the COUNTER working group on robots and is excited to establish shared recommendations and codes of practice together. In addition, we were pleased to present at Open Repositories 2016 and share specifications based on our experience using scalable solutions for over 500 Digital Commons customers.

We’ve developed real-time detection methods so that accurate numbers power the impact maps and dashboards. In order to capture the complexities of filtering in real time we’ve created a weighted algorithm to go beyond simple metadata associated with hits such as the user agent identification string. Many artificial forces can skew usage statistics and inflate download numbers. Our methodology addresses download time intervals, activity patterns, proxy servers, referers, geolocation, multiple user agents, usage type determinations from third parties, and more. This technology also provides reliable usage statistics for the SelectedWorks Suite of profile pages and Expert Galleries.

As the technology evolves, our filtering methods are constantly evolving to anticipate the tools needed for accurate impact measurements. In the recent webinar Bot Shields: Activate! Ensuring Reliable Repository Download Statistics, bepress engineer Stefan Amshey detailed our multi-faceted strategy—more than a decade in the making—that helps ensure accurate download metrics across all Digital Commons repositories.

Demonstrable, accurate, up-to-the-minute data about your institution’s scholarly impact is critical in demonstrating academic excellence. We hope this behind-the-scenes work offers an accurate way to demonstrate the benefits of openly available research. Additionally, a more uniform, reproducible code of practice will make it less problematic to compare download counts across scholarly platforms. We routinely investigate download counts, and invite you to contact us at if you have questions.


Readership Map in Author Dashboard

Elle Magazine Cites Student Thesis, Leading to Over 100,000 Downloads

November 8, 2016

An Elle Magazine article cited Claremont McKenna College graduate Kendyl Klein’s senior thesis, “Why Don’t I Look Like Her?: The Impact of Social Media on Female Body Image” and also borrowed its title. Downloaded over 100,000 times by readers in over 100 countries, the thesis is now one of the most popular papers in the Claremont College consortium institutional repository. Great work, Scholarship@Claremont!


UMass Medical School’s IR Helps Department of Psychiatry Reach All Its Stakeholders

November 2, 2016

Dr. Kathleen Biebel, associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) at UMass Medical School, spoke earlier this year about the success her department and research center are having reaching the variety of stakeholders inherent in health care research:

eScholarship@UMMS has been a game changer for us…It is a fantastic platform for knowledge translation and dissemination of our research, and massively expands our reach and capacity to share findings from our research with all sorts of stakeholders – researchers, people with lived mental health experience, family members, providers, laypeople – all over the world.  What’s great about eScholarship@UMMS is that we can document and measure this reach – the usage statistics help us identify what areas of research are particularly relevant at any given point in time, and where people are downloading our products.” [Read more in LSL Now]

SPARC is funded as a “Research Center of Excellence” by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, so it is particularly important to them to disseminate their research in a user-friendly format that everyone can access and to be able to measure how readers from their state are accessing their content.

As Dr. Biebel mentioned above, getting information to disparate stakeholders such as providers and consumers of behavioral health services and their families was a challenge the library helped to meet. When the Research Center told Lisa they had a topical newsletter, the IR offered the needed publishing tools to expand its content and readership into a journal that “translates research findings into concise, user-friendly information that is accessible to all.” This first journal, Psychiatry Information in Brief, was so successful that they just started a second, Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health, which they are happy to say already has over 1,000 readers for the first issue.

Lisa Palmer, Institutional Repository Librarian at UMass Medical School, shared how the six-year partnership with the Department of Psychiatry exemplifies the library’s direct support of the larger institution’s research and education missions. In line with these goals, the library has published nearly 150 collections of faculty and student research, making as much as possible available to the community in full-text format.

Lisa describes the success of their partnership:

“The collaboration is a win-win because each of us brings important skills and resources to our projects: the library has the platform and experience with publishing services, and the Department of Psychiatry has the content experts and the need to share that material effectively. They are thrilled that the library provides these services at no direct cost to them; they are very committed to the platform, as it saves them time and money. They find the publishing model easy to use, the display visually appealing, and the metrics a great way to document the reach of their research. The library is delighted to support our faculty and students in creating and disseminating scholarly content, especially in emerging or underserved disciplines.”

The library and the Department of Psychiatry are currently working together on a collection of multimedia presentations and webinars with embedded videos, expanding the content they offer their stakeholders beyond what was once possible.


Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2016

In true bepress spirit, folks from all corners of the office—including one independent contractor from the Netherworld (represented here by the bepress Snowman, wearing his winter whites and witch hat in the back row)—have gathered together to wish the entire Digital Commons Community a Happy Halloween!


100 Stories Show Why Open Access Matters

October 28, 2016

In the spirit of ending this Open Access Week with a bang, we wanted to share the 100 stories we’ve been compiling and organizing to demonstrate the value of open access for different stakeholders. This report is a pre-print that we’ve submitted for publication with UNESCO. It will be published as part of the publication: “Open Access to Scholarly Communication in 2016: Status and Benefits Review.”

Thanks to all of you for making OA matter and for sharing your stories with us. Happy Open Access Week!


Seeing the Impact of Marketing Your Content

October 25, 2016

On a recent examination of the dashboard for Aurora Health Care’s Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, one of the journal’s editors was surprised to see that nearly 100 of the article’s 480 downloads had come from a shortened link. The editor had included this link in a tweet about the article and was able to see clearly the effects of this social media sharing in the Referrals panel of the dashboard.

To learn more about identifying referrals in the Digital Commons Dashboard, contact your consultant at, and view this quick dashboard overview.

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Demonstrating Worldwide Reach with the Readership Map

October 18, 2016

ACER Research Repository figures prominently into the Australian Council for Educational Research’s strategy to create and promote “research-based knowledge, products and services to improve learning” across the globe. They strive to capture as many publications as possible so that they can make the institution’s valuable research openly accessible world-wide. While their content is most heavily accessed locally, ACER’s readership distribution map also shows significant access in places like the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and India.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the readership map and the other features of the Digital Commons Dashboard, watch this brief tutorial, or contact