Himmelfarb Headlines - May / June 2017

Will Your Research Be the 300,000th Download? HSRC Is Close to a Milestone!

HSRC Close to 300,000 MilestoneThe Health Sciences Research Commons (HSRC) is an online repository for gathering, archiving, and disseminating the research output of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the School of Nursing, and is maintained by Himmelfarb Library. Earlier this year, the archive grew to 10,000 papers. Now it is close to another milestone - nearly 300,000 archived papers have been downloaded by researchers and students throughout the world.

HSRC includes journal articles, books, posters and presented papers, multimedia, gray literature, and even art galleries. Works can be browsed by school, department, or author, or searched by author or keyword. There are also collections for GW Research Days posters and Teaching Tools. Access to full-text can be provided by link or a PDF if allowed under copyright restrictions.

Submitting work to HSRC provides two advantages. It becomes part of a central repository of research that can be used by the three schools to assess publication output and identify experts and opportunities for collaboration. It also exposes published works to search engines like Google, allowing researchers and students around the world to find these works without having to search HSRC directly. This promotes findability and use of the university’s research.

Authors can track usage of their research in HSRC by viewing the number of times downloaded and the integrated Altmetric data. Altmetric reports on the number of times shared on social media, read on Mendeley, or reported on by the media.

Himmelfarb will announce the 300,000th download on its social media channels.


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