2014 Year-End Stats

Life in the ScholarsArchive office has been especially busy as we’ve migrated much of our content from CONTENTdm to Digital Commons. Since migration began in July 2014, we have received incredible visibility to BYU scholarly works. Below are some highlights from the 2014 end-of-year statistics.

Total Number of Faculty Papers in Scholars Archive: 1,412
Total Downloads: 5,204
Ratio of downloads to each paper: 4:1

Total number of Theses and Dissertations: 4,293
Total Downloads: 71,113
Ratio of downloads to each paper: 17:1

College level statistics:

  • Most papers (faculty papers and theses/dissertations): Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering, 1,464
  • Greatest number of downloads (faculty papers and theses/dissertations): Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering, 23,822
    • 2nd: Humanities, 13,222
    • 3rd: Physical and Mathematical Sciences, 11,792
  • Highest ratio of downloads to number of papers (faculty papers and theses/dissertations): Humanities, 24:1
    • 2nd highest ratio: Fine Arts and Communications, 22:1
    • 3rd highest ratio: (tie) Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, Marriott School of Management; 16:1

Department Level Statistics:

  • Most papers (theses/dissertations): Mechanical Engineering, 391
  • Greatest number of downloads: Electrical and Computer Engineering (theses/dissertations), 10,633
    • 2nd: Mechanical Engineering (theses/dissertations), 4,830
    • 3rd: English (theses/dissertations), 3,821
  • Highest ratio of downloads to number of papers: Electrical and Computer Engineering (theses/dissertations), 40:1
    • 2nd highest ratio: Physics and Astronomy(theses/dissertations), 36:1
    • 3rd highest ratio: Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature(theses/dissertations), 34:1

If you have more questions or would like to know how your college or department fared (or faculty papers vs. theses and dissertations), contact Mandy Oscarson at or 801-422-7663.

20th Anniversary of “A Subversive Proposal”

In May, we introduced the concept of Open Access (OA). The purpose of OA is to empower researchers to share their findings with a broader audience, thus supporting the purpose of research: to share and grow knowledge.

June 28, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary since Stevan Harnad posted a message called A Subversive Proposal on a mailing list. The post sparked interest and debate in making scholarly works open to anyone, and is now considered one of the seminal texts on OA. Below is a summary of a Q&A session between Stevan Harnad and Richard Poynder – and Harnad’s take on OA today. You can read the entire discussion on Poynder’s blog.

Harnad said two things prompted his authorship of A Subversive Proposal:

  1. He had the feeling print-on-paper wasn’t the optimal medium for scholarly communication
  2. He felt very strongly about having interactive written dialogue (which became stronger after the internet gained popularity)

He really would have preferred his comment to spark people to action rather than just gathering attention. While many might think of Harnad’s message as pivotal, he believes that real change came 10 years later, from the outcome of the UK Parlimentary Committee in 2004. The committee recommended that UK researchers and universities to require Green OA.

Harnard went on to share pros and cons of Green and Gold OA:

Pros and Cons of Green and Gold OA

Gold Access Green Access


  1. Immediate
  2. Freely accessible and freely reusable
  3. Could solve journal affordability problem
  1. Costs no extra money
  2. No effect on journal quality
  3. Can be mandated


  1. Costs authors extra
  2. Risks journal quality decline
  3. Can’t be mandated
  1. Authors don’t self-archive spontaneously
  2. Publishers often set 6-12+ month embargoes on content
  3. Not all mandates are effective

If you’d like to read more, especially what Harnard’s edited version of the proposal would look like for a 2014 audience, visit Richard Poynder’s blog.

New ScholarsArchive Preview

We’re getting very close to launching our new ScholarsArchive site using the Digital Commons software platform and wanted to give you a preview of a few changes you can expect.

  • New landing page
    • The new ScholarsArchive homepage will have some new features, such as a map showing real-time content downloads. Little pins will pop up showing where the person is located who is downloading the content, as well as what they are viewing (see sample image at the bottom of this blog).
    • There will also be some fun stats such as top 10 downloads and a graphic showing how many items come from the various disciplines (i.e. life sciences, humanities, etc.).
  • Monthly stats for authors
    • Authors and Journal Editors will receive monthly download reports showing how many times their work was downloaded and what search terms people used to find their work.
    • Authors will have a dashboard they can log in to for more statistics and features.
  • Greater visibility
    • Content housed in a Digital Commons gets bumped up higher in Google Scholar searches than those housed in CONTENTdm (the current platform). This means greater visibility to scholars around the world.
  • Cover pages
    • Using the metadata from each record, a cover page will be created for each journal or article. This will make it easier for people coming into the content from a search engine to know where they are (BYU’s repository), what the content is, links to the department associated with the content, and a suggested citation.

We’ll keep you updated as we get closer to launch day. It will take a few months to migrate all of the content over to the new Digital Commons platform. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mandy Oscarson

Digital Commons Active Readership Map Sample


Open Access (OA)

Open Access (OA) is a hot topic in the world of scholarly communication these days. Why should we care? The purpose of OA is to empower researchers to share their findings with a broader audience, thus supporting the purpose of research: to share and grow knowledge. Below is a brief explanation of Open Access, plus some additional resources to learn more. Watch for more in-depth explanations in future blog posts.

What is Open Access?

Open Access is the immediate, free availability of scholarly research, with rights to fully use these works in the digital environment. For an info graphic describing different levels of open access, view this one from Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

There are generally two levels of Open Access: Green and Gold.


Content (literature, data, etc.) is stored in university, laboratory, or organizational archives (aka institutional repository or IR) or digital repositories. Usually submitted directly by the author – or “self archived” – the author retains the right to make their material freely available. Material may be peer–reviewed or not.

Content is peer-reviewed according to existing journal policies and then published in those journals. The journal publishers make the content freely available to the public. Expenses for peer-review, preparation, server space, and upkeep are covered through many ways, including institutional subsidies, processing fees paid by the authors, or the organization that sponsored the work. About 5% of OA material is published in “gold” journals. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), or have some examples of OA journals.


ETD’s Top 20

With commencement just around the corner, many students are putting the finishing touches on their final papers, presentations, theses and dissertations. In this post, we’d like to highlight the top 20 most-downloaded Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) of all time. ETDs in the collection range from 2002 to the present (2014).


If you’d like to view more ETDs, head to the ETD page, or you can see more numbers on the ETD stats page.



Author Department Title Total Hits Date Submitted URL
Romo, Abel Javier Linguistics and English Language An English for Specific Purposes Curriculum to Prepare English Learners to Become Nursing Assistants 104,697 Jul 11, 2006


Pittard, Matthew Thurlow Mechanical Engineering Large Eddy Simulation Based Turbulent Flow-induced Vibration of Fully Developed Pipe Flow 61,748 Oct 8, 2003
Crane, Nathan B. Mechanical Engineering Compliant Centrifugal Clutches: Design, Analysis, and Testing 53,252 Sep 9, 2003
Blattman, William R. Mechanical Engineering Generating CAD Parametric Features Based on Topology Optimization Results 42,605 Apr 16, 2008
Oliphant, Alma H. Mechanical Engineering Numerical Modeling of Friction Stir Welding: A Comparison of Alegra and Forge3 37,989 Apr 27, 2004
Jensen, Robin S. History Gleaning the Harvest: Strangite Missionary Work, 1846-1850 34,131 Jul 15, 2005
Murdock, Jennifer Melody Communications An External Audit of the National Tropical Botanical Garden 33,022 Apr 21, 2003
Aoyama, Kazumasa Instructional Psychology and Technology Using A Diglot Reader to Teach Kanji: The Effects of Audio and Romaji on the Acquisition of Kanji Vocabulary 31,847 Jul 6, 2005
Bushnell, Tyler Dwight Exercise Sciences A Biomechanical Analysis of Sprinters vs. Distance Runner at Equal and Maximal Speeds 30,337 Dec 2, 2004
Hundley, Nicholas James Chemistry and Biochemistry Structure Elucidation of Bioactive Compounds Isolated from Endophytes of Alstonia scholaris and Acmena graveolens 28,635 Sep 2, 2005
Taniguchi, Stacy Tooru Educational Leadership & Foundations Outdoor Education and Meaningful Learning: Finding the attributes of meaningful learning experiences in an outdoor education program 28,402 Jun 6, 2004
Zeng, Yi Chemical Engineering Stable Polymer Micelle Systems as Anti-cancer Drug Delivery Carriers 28,248 Jun 1, 2005
Christensen, Sherie Marriage and Family Therapy The Effects of Premarital Sexual Promiscuity on Subsequent Marital Sexual Satisfaction 28,125 Jun 25, 2004
Snyder, Jeffrey Civil and Environmental Engineering Full-Scale Lateral-Load Tests of a 3×5 Pile Group in Soft Clays and Silts 27,863 Mar 15, 2004
Lee, Wayne Yeung Civil and Environmental Engineering Numerical Modeling of Blast-Induced Liquefaction 27,537 Jul 13, 2006
Jevtic, Elizabeta German and Slavic Languages Blank Pages of the Holocaust: Gypsies in Yugoslavia During World War II 27,286 Jul 1, 2004
Bishop, Gregory Loren Mechanical Engineering A Comprehensive Model for Technology Push Product Development 26,930 Mar 19, 2004
Remund, Craig Timothy Electrical and Computer Engineering Design of CMOS Four-Quadrant Gilbert Cell Multiplier Circuits in Weak and Moderate Inversion 26,645 Nov 24, 2004
Xiang, Yanqiao Chemistry and Biochemistry Capillary Liquid Chromatography Using Micro Size Particles 26,056 Jul 30, 2004

Sterling, Colin J. Mechanical Engineering Effects of Friction Stir Processing on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Fusion Welded 304L Stainless Steel 24,379 Jun 17, 2004



Welcome back to the ScholarsArchive blog!

Welcome back to our ScholarsArchive Blog! Our goal is to bring you regular updates every two weeks. There is a lot of good news and changes coming up over the next few months, so stay tuned!

Since our last post, we’ve added many new items. For example, check out the latest Journal of East Asian Libraries issue. It includes an article on the MTR library in Hong Kong. This library is termed a “special library” which category includes corporate, law, art, medical, news, architecture firm, financial center libraries and more. Learn how the MTR Corporation Limited utilized a company priority – learning and professional growth – to structure their employee library.

Feel free to peruse the rest of our faculty and student Journals or the scholarly research collection (includes ETDs and faculty research) as well. Our students and faculty regularly submit interesting scholarly works.

Over the coming months we’ll switch content over to a new platform, called Digital Commons. This change means greater world-wide access to content and usage statistics for authors. We’ll keep you updated on these changes over the rest of the year. Look forward to an updated home page, graphical representations of readership and content, and Scholarly Communication information.

If you have any questions about ScholarsArchive, please send them to Until next time, happy researching!

Church History & Doctrine Collection Added

The Church History and Doctrine department has joined ScholarsArchive! Over forty articles have been added to this new collection on topics from the Mormon migration to missionary work, and much more. You’re sure to find something interesting. Enjoy!

School of Music Research

Three publications have been added to the new School of Music collection! Click here to read these interesting articles. We’re excited to have more research from the College of Fine Arts and Communications and hope to bring you more soon.

If you’re interested in having your research or presentations added to ScholarsArchive, please email and we’ll be happy to help.

Journal Added to ScholarsArchive

The Deseret Language and Linguistic Society Symposium has joined ScholarsArchive Journals! The symposium archives date from 1975 to 2001. Though this symposium is no longer held, the timeless information lives on in ScholarsArchive. Enjoy!

Two New Collections

Two new collections have been added to the student section of ScholarsArchive Research! Dr. Gideon Burton’s students do some fantastic work in English 382 — Shakespeare, and now you can read their papers online. Also added are the scholarly papers by graduate students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program in the College of Nursing.