Celebrating the Digital Commons Community! ‘It’s Easy as 1, 2, 3—As Simple as Do Re Mi…’

We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of the Digital Commons Community in the DC Telegraph, and today we have important milestones to announce. The bepress Digital Commons Community is now at one thousand journals, two million submissions, and three hundred million downloads—“easy” as 1, 2, 3! Yet we are aware of all the hard work that went into creating these numbers and we salute you all!

As a tantalizing sliver of your DC Community’s impact on the scholarly communications world, below you’ll find the top six downloads of all time based on publication series across all Digital Commons repositories. They are:

  • The Faculty Scholarship Series from the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School Legal Scholarship (eYLS) Repository, winner of the American Association of Law Libraries Innovation in Technology Award, 2013. The series offers a bustling real-time Readership Map on its home page. 3,605,460 downloads
  • Graduate Theses and Dissertations at the University of South Florida, collected though the office of graduate studies and housed in USF’s IR, ScholarCommons. Readers can scroll through the entire collection by year or browse by college. 3,402,642 downloads
  • The Fordham Law Review is published in Fordham’s IR, the Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History (FLASH). According to the site, FLR “explores significant legal issues and examines challenging questions in the law. The Fordham Law Review is the ninth most cited student-edited journal in terms of court cases and the fifth most cited journal in terms of citations by other law journals.” The site offers an open access archive of the Fordham Law Review’s published content.   3,241,829 downloads
  • The Nebraska Tractor Tests series in DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska explains that “The mission of the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum is to collect, preserve, research and interpret the traditions and technologies of agriculture. The museum is housed in the original Nebraska Tractor Test facility on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln….Mr. Larsen (1908-2000) was instrumental in initiating the collection of historic tractor test equipment, as well as acquiring tractors that illustrate key developments in agricultural machinery over the decades.” 2,937,907 downloads
  • Theses and Dissertations in the University of Iowa’s IR, Iowa Research Online. This collection boasts a real-time Readership Map and states that there is now mandatory electronic submission of ETDs to the IR. 2,802,294 downloads
  • The Faculty Scholarship series from the Duke Law Scholarship Repository at Duke Law, where you can browse by year or search term. The Law School’s Faculty Scholarship series was launched in 2005 to maximize open access to the scholarly works of Duke Law faculty and affiliates. 2,553,825 downloads

Congratulations to the entire Digital Commons Community for your thriving scholarly contributions!