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CentAUR: Usage Statistics

A LibGuide for the Institutional Repository CentAUR

Usage Statistics


​CentAUR is a member of IRUS-UK, a Jisc service that is provided for UK institutional repositories. This enables CentAUR to share and expose download statistics. IRUS-UK collects raw usage data from UK institutional repositories and processes the data so that it is COUNTER compliant, a commonly used standard for download data. 


The data available in CentAUR are provided by IRStats2. This is a statistical framework for EPrints repositories and provides data on downloads as well as deposits, Open Access and more on items in CentAUR.

Simple Download Statistics for a Single Item 

It is possible to find out how many times your output has been downloaded from CentAUR. Download statistics are only available for items in CentAUR that have a downloadable file. 

To find the number of downloads:

  1. Navigate to the record of interest in CentAUR. 
    Screen shot of an item in CentAUR
  2. Scroll down to the section of the record with the heading Download Statistics.

If the item has a downloadable file, a graph of the number of downloads over the last year will be shown. 
Screenshot from CentAUR showing download graph

Simple Download Statistics for Specific Authors, Item Types and University Groups

It is also possible to generate download statistics for specific authors, for particular item types (for example, articles) and for some University Schools, Departments and groups. The data can be exported to a csv file for further analysis in Excel or similar spreadsheet programs. 

  1. From the CentAUR home page, choose See our download statistics.Download statistics from CentAUR screenshot
  2. In the Filters box, choose whether you want to find the download statistics for a particular author, item type, specific item in CentAUR or a University structure. Choose the time frame in the date box and click on Update
    The Downloads graph will be generated in the box below for the item(s) that you have selected. 
  3. To download the information as a separate file, use the small grey box on the right hand side of the Downloads section (highlighted below). Choose the format for your file from XML, JSON or CSV and then click on Export.Screenshot of downloads export from CentAUR


Advanced Download Statistics

Additional download statistics showing a longer time period and giving an indication of the geographical location of the downloaders are available using the IRUS-UK platform. This resource is available to University of Reading members using their institutional log-in credentials. The statistics provided by the IRUS-UK platform are COUNTER compliant.

To access advanced statistics:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Choose University of Reading from the list of organisations. 
  3. Sign in using your university credentials.
  4. Click on the More search options in the right hand corner of the page. 
  5. Fill in the search options to search for your name/title of the output, choosing the University of Reading CentAUR repository from the drop down list of repositories.
  6. The search results should be displayed. Click on the number of Total downloads of the item of interest in the far right column to access more information on the downloads. 
    Screen shot of IRUS-UK search results page
  7. The downloads for the item over the whole time period or a specific time period can be shown by changing the From date and To date in the Usage Date Range. If the item has also received citations or has an Altmetric score, these will also be shown for the item. 
    Item statistics from IRUS UK
  8. It is also possible to get download statistics for geographical areas by clicking on the Monthly stats by country tab. 
    Screen shot of item statistics page from IRUS-UK
  9. It is possible to select, then copy and then paste the figures into an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis.