The ACG Online Repository of Conference Proceedings (Repository) is the leading open access mining geomechanics repository, established as part of the ACG’s commitment to sharing mining research, knowledge and education to both industry and academia.
Covering the broad range of underground, open pit, mine closure, and paste, thickened and filtered tailings (PTT) disciplines, the Repository is home to 2,579 peer-reviewed papers from 48 ACG and co-hosted international mining events, of which 1,900 have been made freely available to industry. It has proven to be a valuable resource to the mining community. There are 709 underground, 315 open pit, 412 mine closure, and 464 PTT papers, with more than 431,500 paper downloads since Repository inception in March 2017.
COVID-19 introduced unprecedented challenges and disrupted the traditional in-person event transfer of technology, methodology and knowledge to the global geomechanics community. In the face of much uncertainty and a fluid event landscape, rather than cancel or postpone the ACG 2020 International Symposium on Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, the ACG worked to convert the symposium from an in-person event to an online
event and successfully published 125 technical papers. The Second International Conference on Underground Mining Technology, and the 23rd International Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings papers were made available during 2020. During 2019, papers from the 13th International Conference on Mine Closure, Ninth International Symposium on Ground Support in Mining and Underground Construction, and the 22nd International Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings became freely available from the Repository.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Repository has demonstrated a positive trend with a growth of over 38% from 2019 to 2020, and an increase in average monthly paper downloads of 15,087 per month compared to 10,912 per month in 2019. The below chart details the annual year on year growth of paper downloads by each mining geomechanics discipline (source: ACG internal analysis as at 31 December 2020). Paper downloads exceeded 180,000 in 2020.
At the end of 2020, the 2021 forecast was to exceed 200,000 paper downloads and this represented a forecast 20% year over year growth. We are thrilled to announce that on 7 May 2021, we hit the milestone of 500,000 paper downloads!
Aside from allowing users to download numerous past and current conference papers freely, the site features several other useful functions. The highly interactive and searchable repository provides importable citation information in various formats, links to the paper authors’ profiles on ORCID, ResearchGate, and LinkedIn, and the ability to share papers on social media.
The ACG has committed to support past and future conference authors by providing a platform where they can build a profile, showcase their available Repository papers, and share their work via social platforms. The Repository provides authors with the opportunity to generate interest in current and future work by providing people with access to past content. Industry and academia have access to papers published by many highly regarded authors in the
community. Future geotechnical engineers will benefit from the past work of their peers.