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.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

PhD student volunteers wanted for a ground‐breaking research study!

Were you born between 1982 and 1994? Does your doctorate start in 2008 or 2009?

Education for Change (EfC) is managing a research study for the British Library and the JISC to investigate the information seeking and research behaviour of doctoral students born between 1982 and 1994 – commonly dubbed ‘Generation Y’.

They need volunteers to take part in a longitudinal research study over 2½ years of about 70 full‐time UK doctoral students from all subject disciplines, which will track information‐seeking behaviour and changing attitudes to research. They want to find out how you do your research, how and when you use libraries, information and research resources both online and off.

Being involved in the Researchers of Tomorrow study will offer interesting and valuable
opportunities to share your own research experiences and exchange ideas with
other doctoral students in the study. There will be get‐togethers at the British Library in London and there will be free opportunities to attend events and take advantage of the
Library’s facilities and services.

If this interests you, please contact Louise Wetheridge immediately l.wetheridge@efc.co.uk or
telephone 020 7247 3370.