Patterns of Journal Use by Faculty at Three Diverse Universities (10 Oct 2003)
Conclusions from these surveys are as follows:
University faculty read a great deal and scientists tend to read more than non-scientists.
Amount of reading by university scientists has increased substantially over the past 25 years.
Most of this increase in reading has come from library collections.
Reading from library collections has increased due to: (1) a reduction in personal subscriptions and a corresponding increase in reading from library collections, (2) a large increase in online bibliographic searching which results in faculty identifying more relevant articles that are available in library collections, and (3) a substantial increase in the size of electronic journal collections.
Reading by faculty also comes from a broader range of journals due to the factors listed above.
Faculty use the electronic collections much more than print, partly because of convenience and time savings.
The reduced amount of use of the print collections has implications for their continued viability due to the sharp increase in cost per use.
Faculty continue to rely on personal subscriptions, but largely subscribe to and read print versions.
There is no observable difference in the age distribution of articles read with the introduction of electronic journals. This may change with the increased availability of journal backfiles.
Articles read from library collections tend to be of greater usefulness and value than articles obtained from other sources.
There appears to be little difference in usefulness and value of electronic and print articles.
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