Since this is Open Access Week and today is #ThesisThursday I thought I would share a recent graph that shows the growth of etheses in our repository from the very beginning.
We first started accepting theses submissions to our Open Access repository, STORRE, way back in 2005! Then in 2006, we formalised our policy so that all research theses are deposited by our graduating postgraduates. Due to our involvement with the British Library’s EThOS service we’re also continually adding older theses to our repository collections.
We joined IRUS-UK in 2014, so we know the number of theses file downloads there have been since August 2014 – more than half a million!
It’s a delight to see the steady growth of our etheses and to know that this important research resource is reaching readers that it never could have in the past.
Senior Research Librarian