“20,000 Downloads per Month”

An article entitled “”Empty Buckets or Pure Gold”   in the Times Higher Education (17 March 2011) describes differing positions on open access repositories.  It was interesting to note that Neil Jacobs comments on “considerable activity around some repositories” mentioned the University of Glasgow which “records 20,000 downloads per month“.  We hear criticisms of use of simple metrics such as downloads, but when it comes to evidence which is published in newspapers such figures are used.