Qualitative information to complement the statistics was obtained by carrying out three focus groups at the LSE, with undergraduates, postgraduates and librarians respectively, and by means of four semi-structured telephone calls with LSE academics working in different disciplines. The decision was made to digitize theses from 2010-11 ‘backwards’ to the early 1990s.
Authors were contacted and told they could opt out if they wished; only 14 chose to do so.
Many LSE referrals come from the past Ph D students’ page (e.g.
for the the Department of Statistics) or the research students’ profiles (e.g. Others come from clicks on collection profiles on the library pages.
The key question that the project sought to investigate was how much impact the thesis collection was having on scholarly activity.
Figure shows download figures and Google Scholar (GS) citations for the LSE’s top ten downloaded theses.
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There was no real correlation between the numbers of downloads and the citations.
Even some of the older theses (more than five years old), which had had a reasonable timeframe in which to make an impact, had only achieved one or two citations.