Monday, 12 December 2016

Recent milestone for the ARAN repository

Dr Michele McCormack

Congratulations to Dr Michele McCormack on her recent conferring. Dr McCormack is the author of a PhD thesis which was the 4000th item to be added to ARAN, the Institutional Repository ( ARAN is the digital collection of open access scholarly publications from NUI Galway. It collects, preserves and makes freely available scholarly communication, including peer-reviewed articles, working papers, conference papers and PhD thesis.

Dr Michele McCormack who was conferred on 23rd November is originally from Eyrecourt and lives in Portumna. A mother of five, she began her academic career in NUI Galway in 2003, completing a Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics and Economics) followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. She pursued a career in teaching until she returned to NUI Galway to pursue a Masters in Environmental Economics. She was awarded the Teagasc Walsh Fellowship in 2012 which enabled her to complete a PhD investigating the effects of the Common Agricultural Policy on Irish cattle farmers. Her PhD thesis was supervised by Professor Cathal O'Donoghue, former head of Teagasc Rural Economic Development Programme and recently appointed Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies and Dr. Stephen Hynes, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Scientific Director of the Whitaker Institute.

In her thesis entitled “A micro economic investigation of Irish cattle farmer decisions in response to non-linear budget constraints” Dr McCormack applied methodologies, typically used in economic analysis of labour supply and taxation, to agricultural subsidy payments. Her results reveal that in the presence of very distortionary policy incentives, Irish cattle farmers did make decisions that concur with economic theory and thus may be deemed rational. This was contrary to some previous findings in the field of agricultural economics.  Read an abstract of Michele’s thesis at  The fulltext will be available in July 2017 thus allowing the author time for the publication of scholarly journal articles. Dr McCormack is now a Postdoctoral Researcher in Teagasc where she is developing an index of Total Factor Productivity of Irish Agriculture using farm level data.

The growing collection of publications on the ARAN repository (now over 4000 publications) is underpinned by the policy on Open Access to Research Outputs at NUI Galway adopted in 2015, requiring that “authors of peer-reviewed articles and peer-reviewed conference papers resulting from research carried out at NUI Galway must deposit a copy in the ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) repository.”

The advantages of making publications available in the ARAN repository include:
        Increased exposure / impact
        Meet the expectations of your funders
        Extra discoverability through Google, RIAN
        Long-term preservation
        Link to the fulltext on ARAN from your NUI Galway web page
        Explicit promotion of and link to your published article
        Very little admin required on your part
        Compliance with University Open Access Policy which requires that "authors  of peer-reviewed articles and peer-reviewed conference papers resulting from research carried out at NUI Galway must deposit a copy in the ARAN (access to Research at NUI Galway) repository. The final manuscript version should be deposited upon acceptance for publication"

It is worth noting that upgrades to the repository platform in 2015 added usage data to each item. Scopus citations and Altmetrics information, where available, are also integrated. The published version of each article on ARAN is explicitly promoted.  A new Content Usage Analysis module providing authors, Schools and Colleges with additional statistical information is currently being configured and will be available shortly.

Further information about how to submit your publications to ARAN is available at:

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