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NC DOCKS Surpasses 100,000 Downloads

In January 2009, the University Libraries launched NC DOCKS, UNCG’s institutional repository, available at http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/. Currently, there are over 1,000 faculty works in NC DOCKS and about 800 electronic theses and dissertations (the only non-faculty works).  Since the launch, the 1,850 documents in NC DOCKS have been viewed or downloaded over 100,000 times (an average of 55 times for each document). Two articles in NC DOCKS have been viewed or downloaded over 1,000 times. The most viewed article, “A Descriptive Model for Managerial Effectiveness,” is by Dr. Dianne Welsh, distinguished professor of Entrepreneurship, and it has been viewed over 1,200 times. The second most viewed article, “Visual Analog Mood Scales to Measure Internal Mood State in Neurologically Impaired Patients,” is by Dr. Celia Hooper, dean of Health & Human Performance, and it has been viewed over 1,050 times.

NC DOCKS is an open-access database for collecting, preserving, and disseminating the scholarly and creative works of UNCG faculty.  “Open Access” means that all works in NC DOCKS are freely accessible through the Internet.  Although most works in NC DOCKS are peer-reviewed journal articles, the repository also includes technical and government reports, conference papers, book reviews, book chapters, educational documents, audio, and video.  Most journal publishers allow authors to archive articles in institutional repositories, but usually there is an embargo period of one year to 18 months (to protect subscriptions).

The primary benefit to faculty who post their works in NC DOCKS is the dramatic increase in the discoverability of their works. Although NC DOCKS has its own searching interface, most researchers will use an Internet search engine, such as Google or Google Scholar, to discover works archived in the repository. Search engines “crawl” repositories for new material, provide full-text keyword access, and give preferential treatment to such works.  In a keyword Google search, works in NC DOCKS tend to fall out early in the results list, which greatly increases discoverability. According to University Libraries, studies show that, across all disciplines, open-access articles, such as those in NC DOCKS, have greater research impact than traditional publications—when works are discovered more, it naturally follows that they also are read more and cited more.

Archiving works in NC DOCKS dramatically increases their discoverability; most publishers allow it; and it is easy to do. Any faculty member interested in contributing works to NC DOCKS should contact Stephen Dew, collections & scholarly resources coordinator, at shdew@uncg.edu. Send him a list of your publications, and library staff will verify your publishers’ policies.