Durham Research Online (DRO) was established in 2006. Since then, many Durham researchers have used the service to make their work available to a much wider audience than just academics working in well-resourced universities. The comments below show how everyone benefits from open access, authors and readers alike.
'I am still surprised and continually delighted to find many of my works in DRO have been downloaded by far more people than ever bought the volumes'.
Professor Michael Crang, Department of Geography
'Using DRO has significantly increased access to my published work, especially among voluntary communities and policy organisations'.
Professor Clare McGlynn, Durham Law School
'The research underpinning my latest book chapter was conducted in collaboration with teachers in Egypt. Knowing that most practitioners there cannot afford a reference of this size, I decided to post the chapter on DRO. It is an excellent way of disseminating research especially to fellow professionals who may not have access to it otherwise.'
Dr Mariam Attia, School of Education
'Depositing publications in DRO is an excellent way to promote my research by making it freely available. This is especially important for audiences - both public and academic - who cannot afford to access them otherwise'.
Dr Andrew Millard, Department of Archaeology
'Depositing in DRO really helped my research reach the widest possible audience. I would recommend it to anyone'.
Dr Mamtimyn Sunuodula, Area Studies Librarian