Top download publications during 2020
18 January 2021
A thesis about mathematical models for photovoltaic (solar) cells, household electricity use and electric vehicle charging was the most frequently downloaded research publication from DiVA (Academic Archive Online) during 2020. In total, there were approximately 9.5 million searches made in the Uppsala University area of DiVA during 2020, while around 3 million publications were downloaded in full text editions. Article updated 2021-01-25.
DiVA, or Academic Archive Online, is Uppsala University’s academic archive and platform for digital publication and registration of publications and research data. DiVA is used by 49 higher education and research institutions in Sweden.
Among the publications from Uppsala University, the most popular was Joakim Munkhammar’s thesis entitled “Distributed Photovoltaics, Household Electricity Use and Electric Vehicle Charging: Mathematical Modeling and Case Studies” from 2015, which was downloaded around 200,000 times.
Update 2021-01-25: As the number of downloads for this thesis was extremely high, the national support function for DiVA has investigated the figures and found that around 200,000 downloads were made on 21–22 February 2020 from two IP addresses in Thailand. These were probably automatic downloads performed by a computer program (a ‘bot’).
During 2020, there was significant interest in the impact of natural disasters on society. The thesis “The Social and Political Impact of Natural Disasters: Investigating Attitudes and Media Coverage in the Wake of Disasters” from 2017 by Frederike Albrecht was downloaded approximately 9,000 times.
There was almost as much interest in sustainability and environmental education. The publication “The Parts and The Whole: A Holistic Approach to Environmental and Sustainability Education: Manual” from 2012 edited by Wolfgang Brunner and Shepherd Urenje was downloaded some 8,000 times.
Update 2021-01-25: Since the most downloaded publication proved to be due to automatic downloads by a computer program, here is another publication that aroused great interest in 2020. Erik Rautalinko’s thesis in psychology from 2004 “Nondirective Counseling: Effects of Short Training and Individual Characteristics of Clients” was downloaded nearly 8,000 times in 2020.
In total, there were approximately 9.5 million searches made in the Uppsala University area of DiVA during 2020, while around 3 million publications were downloaded in full text editions.
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