Uploading to Research Repository UCD means that your research becomes universally accessible on the Internet and searchable through Google and Google Scholar.
The School of Civil Engineering started uploading items to the Repository in 2009. They now have a total of 587 items there, with download rates increasing year on year.
Research indicates that making your publications open access can significantly increase your chances of being cited; see for example a review of the research in this area by Alma Swan:
RESEARCH IMPACT OF PAYWALLED VERSUS OPEN ACCESS PAPERS
This research presents data from the 1science oaIndx on the average of relative citations (ARC) for 3.3 million papers published from 2007 to 2009 and indexed in the Web of Science (WoS). These data show a decidedly large citation advantage for open access (OA) papers, despite them suffering from a lag in availability compared to paywalled papers.
The full article is available at http://www.1science.com/oanumbr.html:
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