Iowa Research Online (IRO), the University of Iowa Libraries’ open access research repository, surpassed 10 million downloads in January 2018. IRO preserves and provides access to research and creative scholarship created by the University of Iowa’s faculty, students, and staff. The repository was launched in January 2009, and since then, its materials have been downloaded in 234 countries around the world.
FAQs about Iowa Research Online
Who can contribute to IRO? Any University of Iowa researcher (staff or faculty) can contribute to IRO, as long as copyright allows. The repository also includes some UI student work (theses and dissertations, honors theses, and selected class projects).
What’s the benefit of contributing to IRO? Work appearing in IRO gains wider availability since it’s accessible online without restrictions (no paywall requiring paid membership).
Who can access materials in IRO? Anyone in the world may access for free.
What’s the all-time most popular download? Nurse manager competencies http://ir.uiowa.edu/etd/2681/
What is the most popular download in the US? Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography http://ir.uiowa.edu/wwqr/vol34/iss3/3/
What are the most popular downloads outside the US?
- United Kingdom: Design of wind turbine tower and foundation systems: optimization approach http://ir.uiowa.edu/etd/1042/
- India: Chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of nanomaterials and its applications http://ir.uiowa.edu/etd/2501/
- Philippines: The caregiver’s journey: a phenomenological study of the lived experience of leisure for caregivers in the sandwich generation who care for a parent with dementia http://ir.uiowa.edu/etd/599/
- China: Oxidation and reactivity of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetaldehyde, a reactive intermediate of dopamine metabolismhttp://ir.uiowa.edu/etd/918/