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LSHTM Research Online – 2015 in numbers

2015 has been a very successful year for LSHTM Research, not only have we substantially increased the number of records we hold and the number downloads we have received we have also obtained new types of research for the repository as well.

B0009902 Nervous system in a fruit fly larva, serial section TEM Credit: Albert Cardona, HHMI Janelia Research Campus. Wellcome Images Reconstruction of part of the nervous system in a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) larva. Neural circuits were digitally reconstructed from serial section transmission electron micrographs through an abdominal segment of the nervous system. This image shows a lateral view of neurones and neuronal synapses in the neuropil (area in the grey matter of the central nervous system where neurones form connections with each other) of a segment of the nerve cord. A single axon from a sensory neurone that senses vibration (a chordotonal) is visible in yellow. Each coloured line belongs to the skeletonised representation of a neuronal branch (arbor). The points of contact between two neurones, the synapses, are shown in solid blue (input side) and solid red (output side). The transparent orange spheres represent labelled points of interest on the skeletons of the neurones, such as the presence of mitochondria and other features. Horizontal width of image is approximately 15 micrometres. Transmission electron micrograph 2013 Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0, see

B0009902 Nervous system in a fruit fly larva, serial section TEM Credit: Albert Cardona, HHMI Janelia Research Campus. Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0, see

In terms of the number of research items – we’ve deposited 3,349 new records into the research repository with over 50% of those items being open access and/or full text. This is compared to last year when 2,891 items were deposited and 46% was open access – an increase of 458 records.

Of those records deposited in 2015 the following table outlines the types of research.

Number of items Types of record
2827 articles
291 podcast
78 theses
57 conference_items
50 book sections
25 monographs
9 books
8 videos
3 others
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The second biggest number of new deposits have been podcasts which features research conducted by researchers at the School. We have now harvested 291 of these podcasts from Soundcloud and they’ve received nearly 28,000 downloads over the past year. The following table is of the top 10 most downloaded. Have a listen to some below.

Most downloaded podcasts




LSHTM RO downloads 2015

Overall the research appearing in Research Online has had a tremendous number of interest from the Internet – over a million downloads and over 4 million hits. This is likely to be down to our repository being indexed by a number of services such as Google Scholar, SHARE research, One REPO Demo, CORE (COnnecting REpositories)BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine but also the DART-Europe E-theses Portal.

The most downloaded item in 2015 witnessed a huge jump in downloads, receiving 3,260 downloads and 370 hits. The explanation for this jump was a Guardian newspaper article on its findings which appeared late in 2015 but which did not link to the published version of the paper in the journal (because it was behind a paywall and asking for $35.95) but linked to the open access final draft version of the paper which one of the authors deposited into Research Online. The paper is a great example of the power of open access and research repositories.

The rest of the top ten is available below – and as you can see 5 out of the ten are doctoral theses which again proves the worth of a research repository but also the research carried out by our students at the School. These are usually described as “grey literature” but institutional repositories are opening up this literature to the world.

Most downloaded items
1. Steinbach, R; Green, J; Datta, J; Edwards, P; (2011) Cycling and the city: a case study of how gendered, ethnic and class identities can shape healthy transport choices. Social science & medicine (1982), 72 (7). pp. 1123-30. ISSN 0277-9536 DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.01.033
2. Nguyen, NM; Tran, CN; Phung, LK; Duong, KT;Huynh, HL; Farrar, J; Nguyen, QT; Tran, HT;Nguyen, CV; Merson, L; +15 more… (2012) A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Trial of Balapiravir, a Polymerase Inhibitor, in Adult Dengue Patients. The Journal of infectious diseases. ISSN 0022-1899 DOI:10.1093/infdis/jis470
3. Manasa, J; Lessells, RJ; Skingsley, A; Naidu, KK; Newell, ML; McGrath, N; de Oliveira, T;Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN); (2013) High-Levels of Acquired Drug Resistance in Adult Patients Failing First-Line Antiretroviral Therapy in a Rural HIV Treatment Programme in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. PLoS One, 8 (8). e72152. ISSN 1932-6203 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0072152
4. Lopez-Ortega, Mariana; (2009) Ageing in Mexico : modelling health and frailty and its relationship to the use of health services and the supply of informal care. PhD thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
5. Al-Hamad, Nawal Mejren; (1999) Determinants and consequences of obesity in adult Kuwaiti females. PhD thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
6. Duy Pham, Thanh; Nga Tran Vu, Thieu; Chau Tran, Thuy; Loden, Martin; Tuin, Kiki; Campbell, JamesI; Nguyen van Minh, Hoang; Phat Voong, Vinh; Farrar, JeremyJ; Holt, KathrynE; +2 more… (2013) Identification of Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhi Genotypes by Use of Rapid Multiplex Ligation-Dependent Probe Amplification. Journal of clinical microbiology, 51 (9). pp. 2950-2958. ISSN 0095-1137 DOI:10.1128/JCM.01010-13
7. Zimmerman, Cathy; (2007) Trafficking in women. The health of women in post-trafficking services in Europe who were trafficked into prostitution or sexually abused as domestic labourers. PhD thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
8. Johnson, Sonali Elizabeth; (2011) A suitable role : professional identity and nursing in India. PhD thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
9. Chin Lim, Wan; (2011) Understanding the concept of health related quality of life in adult, general critical care survivors. PhD thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
10. Sutherland, Colin J; Laundy, Matt; Price, Nicholas; Burke, Martina; Fivelman, Quinton L;Pasvol, Geoffrey; Klein, John L; Chiodini, Peter L; (2008) Mutations in the Plasmodium falciparum cytochrome b gene are associated with delayed parasite recrudescence in malaria patients treated with atovaquone-proguanil. Malaria journal, 7. p. 240. ISSN 1475-2875

The full download report for 2015 is available below.

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