The CORE Ten: Top Downloads in 2015

The MLA launched CORE, its library-quality repository that allows members to share their research and pedagogical materials with the world, in beta in late May. Seven months later, it is home to almost two hundred items—that’s a deposit rate of about one item a day (not bad for a newcomer)! And as this list of the ten most downloaded items shows, people are downloading not only published scholarly articles but also conference proceedings, journalism, syllabi, and curricular materials.

One of the unique features of CORE is its connection to MLA forums on the Commons. A member can choose to associate a deposit with up to five forums, triggering its inclusion in the forum’s CORE collection and the sending of e-mail notifications to the members of those forums. The results speak for themselves: items shared with at least one forum upon deposit had, on average, a download rate that was 257% higher than those shared with none.

We have high hopes and big plans for CORE in 2016, including a new home page that showcases recent and popular deposits and new Commons profiles that highlight a member’s CORE contributions. We’re also working toward increased interoperability with other repositories, multifile upload, and implementing functionality that allows Commons users to discuss items deposited with CORE.

We thank all those members who have made their work openly available so far and encourage others to join them and deposit something of their own.

The CORE Ten: Top Downloads in 2015

(As of 18 December.)

1. Conference proceeding
Lina Insana and Emily Todd. “Recruiting Majors in English and World Languages.” (327 downloads)

2. Article
Lisa Zunshine. “The Secret Life of Fiction.” PMLA 130.3 (2015): 724–31. (169 downloads)

3. Chapter
Lisa Zunshine. “Introduction to Cognitive Literary Studies.” The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies. Oxford UP, 2015. 1–9. (150 downloads)

4. Syllabus
Kathleen Woodward. “Reading Affect in Literary Studies.” (104 downloads)

5. Learning object
Rachel Arteaga. “Introductory Digital Humanities Curriculum for the High School English Classroom.” (80 downloads)

6. Article
Geraldine Heng. “The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages 1: Race Studies, Modernity, and the Middle Ages.” Literature Compass 8.5 (2011): 258–74. (64 downloads)

7. Article
Gaurav G. Desai. “Oceans Connect: The Indian Ocean and African Identities.” PMLA 125.3 (2010): 713–20. (55 downloads)

8. Editorial
Douglas E. Green. “On ‘The Coddling of the American Mind.’” Augsburg Echo 2 Oct. 2015. (53 downloads)

9= Article
James Dobson. “Can an Algorithm Be Disturbed? Machine Learning, Intrinsic Criticism, and the Digital Humanities.” College Literature 42.4 (2015): 543–64. (46 downloads)

9= Article
Matthew Kirschenbaum. “Operating Systems of the Mind: Bibliography after Word Processing (the Example of Updike).” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 108.4 (2014): 380–412. (46 downloads)

9= Article
Dennis Looney. “What Should You Expect from the MLA Job Interview? And What Do Your Interviewers Expect from You?” ADFL Bulletin 37.1 (2005): 30–32. (46 downloads)

The Modern Language Association and the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship Launch CORE

The office of scholarly communication is pleased to announce the beta launch of CORE, the Commons Open Repository Exchange, on MLA Commons. Developed in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS), CORE allows MLA members to deposit their published articles, essay drafts, dissertations, data sets, syllabi, photographs, and other works in a library-quality repository to maximize the discoverability of their scholarship. When you upload a file to the repository, you can choose a Creative Commons license, get a DOI, and share your work with any of your MLA forum groups. Click on the CORE tab at the top of the MLA Commons home page to explore the new repository or read more about the project.