Provost, Libraries present 'Leadership in Open Access' Award to Department of Psychological Sciences

January 26, 2015  

Dutta, Agnew and Mullins

From left are Purdue Provost Debasish "Deba" Dutta, Christopher Agnew, head of the Department of Psychological Sciences, and Purdue Librarie's Dean James L. Mullins. (Purdue University photo)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Provost Debasish ''Deba'' Dutta and Dean of Libraries James L. Mullins have presented the ''Leadership in Open Access Award'' to Purdue’s Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences, led by professor Christopher Agnew, department head of Psychological Sciences.

The award was given in recognition of the department’s leadership in depositing all scholarly communication and publications into Purdue e-Pubs, helping to advance the impact of scholarship and research globally.

''In the tradition of the land-grant university, Agnew has embraced open access and made available to the world the important research and publications of the Department of Psychological Sciences,'' said Dutta.

''Purdue e-Pubs is a very useful mechanism for disseminating our research findings far and wide, beyond only academic outlets,'' Agnew said. ''Purdue e-Pubs provides a valuable, user-friendly forum for both researchers and consumers of research. Researchers in my department saw the benefits of Purdue e-Pubs as an easy-to-use open access repository for increasing the access and exposure of their work.''

Open Access week, held this past year from Oct. 20-24, is an international event bringing awareness to open access. Purdue Libraries celebrates and encourages authors (particularly academic faculty) to participate as they can.

Purdue e-Pubs, one of three institutional repositories as part of Purdue University Libraries, provides free global online access to Purdue-affiliated articles, reports, conference proceedings, student scholarship, and more. Purdue e-Pubs also provides online publishing support for original publications.

Measuring and reporting impact is an important part of the Purdue e-Pubs service model. As well as having all content indexed in Google Scholar, Purdue e-Pubs uses Google Analytics to gather qualitative information. The repository also issues automatic monthly download notifications to authors, allowing them to demonstrate the reach of their scholarship, not only to academic colleagues and administrators, but to taxpayers, policymakers and media outlets.

To date, every college on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus has a presence in the repository. Purdue e-Pubs continues to be a central place on campus, advancing the impact of scholarship at the global, national and local level. Purdue University Libraries began providing the Purdue e-Pubs service to the campus community in 2006 as a means to share research and scholarship in a stable, open, and citable format.

As the repository continues to garner more downloads and objects, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to consider adding their research and scholarship. For more information about Purdue e-Pubs and adding previously published items, contact Dave Scherer, scholarly repository specialist, Purdue University Libraries, at 765-494-8511 or

Past ''Leadership in Open Access'' Award Winners:

* 2013 -  Leadership in Open Access Award, Dr. Mark S. Lundstrom, in recognition of Dr. Lundstrom’s leadership in creating NanoHUB;        

* Open Access Education Award, Dr. Linda S. Bergmann, Purdue Online Writing Lab.

* 2012 -  Graduate Student Award in Open Access, Mel Chua of Engineering Education; Leadership in Open Access Award, Professor Darcy Bullock, Joint Transportation Research Program

* 2011 -  Leadership in Open Access Award, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Leadership in Open Access Award, Ian Bell, PhD., in recognition of broadening the reach of the Purdue’s Herrick Laboratories’ international conferences on compressor engineering, high performance buildings, and refrigeration and air conditioning. 

Contact: Shannon Walker, Purdue University Libraries, 765-496-9610, 

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