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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


UPenn Research Center Uses IR to Save Valuable Lab Time and Impress NSF Grant Reviewers

October 11, 2016

Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communications and Digital Repository Librarian at The University of Pennsylvania, was able to say yes to the Singh Center for Nanotechnology when they asked for a time-saving method of making their detailed technical protocols accessible to all—the repository was a perfect fit. Eric Johnston, Program Manager and Soft Lithography Manager at the Singh Center, used ScholarlyCommons’s flexible publication structures to make the Quatrone Nanofab Facility’s standard operating procedures publicly available, including video tutorials, lab protocols, and tool data. This turned out to be extremely useful to the faculty and staff running the lab, as scholars come from far and near to use their specialized equipment. Publishing these protocols saves valuable training time and eases staffing, making it simple for visiting scholars and students to correctly use the lab’s equipment.

Because of the relationship she had built with the Singh Center and Eric Johnston through this work, Sarah invited him to speak at UPenn’s Open Access Week in 2015. The panel featured faculty talking about their experiences publishing scholarly work on open access platforms and Eric shared the IR’s role in the success of a recent NSF grant. As part of the grant application, a research team at the Singh Center made their work openly available in ScholarlyCommons and provided links in the NSF proposal. When reviewers at NSF saw the application, they were so impressed with the presentation of materials on the IR that they highly commended the team on it, which was icing on the cake of a successful grant.


Celebrating Open Access Week in Style with the Digital Commons Community

October 4, 2016

Looking for inspiration in planning Open Access Week events this October 24th – 30th? The Digital Commons Community has plenty of experience creating successful OA Week events and resources to educate faculty, students, and staff, highlighting IR services that help promote sustainable scholarly communication. Remember that expert advice and inspiring examples are at your fingertips in the Scholarly Communications Experts Directory.

Here’s what some of them are doing this October:

  • The University of Central Florida is kicking off their week with true flair, hosting a piratical fest for Open Access Week called “If you’re going to be a pirate, be a legal pirate.” They invited the campus to join them in the week’s events which include hunting for treasure, a SelectedWorks profile building workshop, and presentations on open access publishing.
  • UMass Medical School’s repository eScholarship@UMMS created this eye-catching flyer promoting their open access Journal of eScience Librarianship and highlighting the benefits of publishing in their OA journal, including exposure, innovation, and evidence of impact.
  • The University of Kentucky Libraries is hosting a panel discussion about the use and impact of OERs titled “Open in Action: Open Education Resources Contribute to Student Success,” where they will discuss how OA publishing in the IR can address the rising costs of higher education.
  • Past OA Week event archives chock full of good ideas can be found in the Scholarworks@UMassAmherst repository of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2015 they focused on “the ways in which collaboration both inspires and advances the Open Access movement,” including a presentation (open access, naturally!) on “Open Access, Copyright, and Fair Use for Theses and Dissertations.” This year’s theme is “Open in Action,” where they are encouraging “all stakeholders to take concrete steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same. From posting pre-prints in a repository to supporting colleagues in making their work more accessible, this year’s Open Access Week will focus on moving from discussion to action in opening up our system for communicating research.”
  • If you need ideas for presentations and messaging, Isaac Gilman’s “Open Access in 15 Minutes (or less)” is a great place to start.