Rowan Digital Works Celebrates 1 Million Downloads and counting

October 8, 2019
Celebrating One Million Downloads
Rowan Digital Works will celebrate one million downloads and counting on Friday, October 18.

Rowan Digital Works (RDW), the institutional repository for Rowan University, officially surpassed one million downloads at the end of the spring 2019 semester. Rowan University Libraries is hosting a reception to celebrate this milestone on Friday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Campbell Library’s Performing Arts Collection.

Rowan Digital Works houses research and scholarship created by Rowan faculty, staff and students. Faculty can also share their open-access journal publications, conference presentations, datasets, books, book chapters, course materials (Open Educational Resources), and more.

Launched in December 2015, items in RDW have been downloaded by individuals from 26,425 different institutions in 227 countries around the globe.

Rowan Digital Works began as a way to preserve and display faculty publications. As RDW grew and its capabilities became more familiar, it also became the repository for student research, and now serves as a publishing platform for its first academic journal, The Cooper Rowan Medical Journal. Now in its fourth year, RDW also includes research datasets and open textbooks. 

“Rowan Digital Works offers an unparalleled opportunity for Rowan faculty to radically extend the reach and the impact of their research. Each and every one of these million downloads happened because a person somewhere in the world found their way to Rowan through this amazing resource and had their lives enriched because of it,” said Robert Hilliker, Director of Research Engagement and Scholarship for Rowan University Libraries.

Rowan Digital Works, a service of Rowan University Libraries, provides free, world-wide access to the scholarly, creative, and cultural works of Rowan University. Collections include Rowan University theses and dissertations, research and scholarship produced by Rowan University faculty and students, creative and artistic works, and more. Content featured on RDW is indexed in Google Scholar, creating greater access and discovery of the works.

To view the downloads taking place all around the world, visit and check out the readership map on the home page. For questions or more information, contact Denise Brush at 856-256-4977 or OR Shilpa Rele at 856-256-4970 or