Our institutional research database, Open Research Online (ORO), has just released figures on the downloads for individual researchers.
The image shows my figures to date.
It is interesting to see how these compare with the citation figures that appear in Google Scholar.
For example, my thesis – The Construction of Shared Knowledge through Asynchronous Dialogue – has been cited twelve times to date, according to Google Scholar. Yet it has been downloaded 680 times from ORO, meaning that its reach is greater than the citations might indicate.
That figure also shows that uploading theses hugely increases their accessibility. I have ordered paper versions of theses and have found that they have only been signed out on two or three occasions – now they are much more easily discoverable, citable and applicable.