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Open Access @ Bond 14th October 2008

Posted by Antoinette Cass on November 20, 2008


What a good day for e-publications@ bond to reach the milestone of 2,000 items.

As you may know the Bond University digital repository contains a spectrum of academic papers from all faculties, scholarly journals, theses and a growing collection of historical photographs in the Bond Gallery and is building into a collection that is an excellent representation of many Bond researchers’ endeavours and achievements.

The two most recent items to be uploaded to the repository reflect the diversity of material available. An in-depth study of Bond’s acclaimed new technology-rich and architecturally exciting learning environment The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre is of interest to all who work and attend Bond, and don’t forget to view the PowerPoint presentation which is offered alongside the paper.

The 2,000th item is an article from the newest in the line-up of scholarly journals produced at Bond: The ADR Bulletin. The upload of articles is in the early stages for this journal, but it promises to be a valuable addition to the repository and is already amassing good download statistics.

So, what is Open Access and what has it to do with the University’s digital repository?

Simply put, Open Access (OA) is a movement to make available online research and scholarly material for the greater benefit of all, without cost, to enhance learning and scholarly communication.

All OA material is made available with the consent of the publisher and copyright is retained. The main reason authors make their articles openly accessible is to maximize their research impact and this is achieved by placing material in institutional repositories which, like Bond’s, are indexed by Google and other major search engines.

It is in the spirit of OA that e-publications@ bond exists, to enable faculty staff and researchers to contribute digital materials for long-term preservation and world-wide electronic accessibility.

Read more about the Open Access movement and its international growth.

New contributions from our academic staff are always welcome – please contact the e-publications coordinator for further information.


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Bond Journals Online

Posted by Antoinette Cass on November 29, 2007

Diversity of scholarship is certainly well represented in two Bond journals which have recently been uploaded into e-publications@ bond.

Bond Law Review is a refereed journal which invites contributions from Bond staff, legal practitioners and scholars from all over the world. It is truly a part of Bond history with its inaugural volume published in 1989 and it continues to be published twice each year by the Bond Faculty of Law Review Editorial Committee. Bond Law Review not only contains learned articles but also commentaries, book reviews and obituraries and stands as a flagship of Bond University publishing.

The Culture Mandala is a humanities journal with a rich offering of articles ranging from political observations to discussion of religious and cultural topics which impact on east-west relations. Published by the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, the Culture Mandala touches on topics as diverse as the space program in China to dental care in Balinese schools. Each issue is a journey into the religions and cultures of Australia’s near neighbours.

See the suite of journals available in the Bond digital repository and explore the work of past and present Bond academics.

We always welcome new contributions from our academic staff – please contact the e-publications coordinator for further information.

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Finetuning of download counts

Posted by Antoinette Cass on October 5, 2007

New filtering techniques are soon to be employed on Digital Commons sites, the e-publications@ bond software platform, that will dramatically change Bond’s digital repository download statistics.   Numbers will decrease considerably, but they will be more accurate. 

Just like spam adds to the gross volume of email, there are automated processes artificially inflating the numbers of hits on Bond’s repository papers.    A recent analysis of thousands of log files has confirmed that the integrity of our download statistics is compromised by the activity of sophisticated robots, crawlers and spam-bots (RACS) trawling the internet. 

This discovery has motivated bepress, the provider of Digital Commons, to completely re-write their filtering technology to remove machine downloads and other anomalies.  Digital Commons now meets and significantly exceeds COUNTER, an industry standard for online usage statistics.  For more information see 

Download counts and usage statistics continue to grow in importance as more scholarship is placed online, and Bond University researchers can take comfort that this latest upgrade will assist them in assessing the impact of their publications with far more accuracy than in the past.   

If your papers are in e-publications@ bond you will soon receive an email from Digital Commons announcing their new filtering system has been implemented.  The ensuing result will be future monthly full-text download reports that are more accurate and therefore a more reliable source by which you can monitor reader interest in your research.

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Over 1,000 good reasons to read on . . .

Posted by Antoinette Cass on October 4, 2007

Over 1,000 papers are now available online through e-publications@Bond.

Bond’s digital repository has achieved this milestone within a year of its formal launch last November. Steady growth has been accomplished with contributions of articles from every faculty, together with the recent appearance of some notable Bond University journals such as Spreadsheets in Education and Bond University Student Law Review who have made e-publications@ Bond their official home. 

The 1,000th paper in fact belongs to our latest addition to the journal fold, Bond Law ReviewThis journal commenced in 1989 and it continues to be an influential publication today.  The upload of all available volumes is expected to be completed in the very near future.

Explore the world of research at Bond University and see what our academics are writing and publishing. The repository provides open access to theses, pre-prints and post-prints of journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, and is indexed by Google, Yahoo and many other search engines.

We always welcome new contributions from our academic staff – please contact the e-publications coordinator for further information.

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