Friday, 24 April 2009

E-journals: their use, value and impact

This Research Information Network (RIN) report takes an in-depth look at how researchers in the UK use electronic journals, the value they bring to universities and research institutions and the contribution they make to research productivity, quality and outcomes.

The late 1990s brought a revolution in the scholarly communications process. Now a very high proportion of journal articles are available online – 96 per cent of journal titles in science, technology and medicine, and 86 per cent of titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The report examines how researchers interact with journal websites and whether enhanced access to journal articles has led to greater productivity, research quality and other outcomes. It finds that researchers are savvy when it comes to using e-journals, finding the information they need quickly and efficiently, and that higher spending on e-journals is linked to better research outcomes. tarts to build a clear picture of how e-journals are shaping the information landscape – a picture that we’ll add to as our research in this area continues.

The full report is available on the RIN website.

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