Associate Professor Kes McCormick achieves 200,000 downloads
In October 2020, Associate Professor Kes McCormick at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) passed a milestone of 200,000 downloads of his publications in Lund University Publications – which is the institutional repository for scholarly publications from Lund University. He is the most downloaded author at Lund University and the only researcher at Lund University who has achieved 200,000 downloads. The IIIEE has produced over 1000 publications since it started in 1994 and around 250 publications are available for download through LUP. The IIIEE has over 400,000 downloads in total for its publications.
Hi Kes, and congratulations! How does it feel to be the most downloaded author at Lund University?
Well, it is rather humbling and surprising that I am the most downloaded author at Lund University. I feel it reflects my efforts with online education and events as well as dabbling in social media. But I also feel it suggests that many researchers at Lund University have significant potential to improve the impact and spread of publications.
What’s the secret, how have you managed to be downloaded so many times?
I think it comes down to four key activities. First, I write and publish a diversity of publications designed for different audiences. I make a real effort to develop easy-to-read documents. Second, I work with designers on many publications to create visually interesting publications that use images, colour and design to make the documents engaging. Third, I have engaged significantly in the development of online education (in the form of MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses), where the use of a diversity of publications are easy to integrate and provide the foundations for introductory and deeper learning. Fourth, I am working more and more with online events and social media, which create the opportunity to share and spread publications widely.
What’s your most downloaded publication?
Currently, my most downloaded publications are a compendium on Greening the Economy and an article on Advancing Sustainable Urban Transformation. But a recent compendium on Urban Nature is fast becoming a highly downloaded document (and it is available in English, French and German).
Finally, what are you working on right now?
At the moment, I am working with my colleagues to connect together several online courses. We have three MOOCs on cities – Sustainable Cities, Urban Nature and Sharing Cities – which have the potential to join together into a combined educational program. Exciting!