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Title: E-journal usage and impact in scholarly research: A review of the literature
Authors: Williams, P.
Nicholas, D.
Rowlands, Ian
First Published: Nov-2010
Citation: NEW REVIEW OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP, 2010, 16 (2), pp. 192-207
Abstract: This article reviews the literature dealing with scholarly information behavior around the use of e-journals. Its aims are to examine the use and impact the availability of e-journals has had on the community of scholars, mainly from the UK, but looking also at literature from other countries. Results demonstrated the huge rise in availability and take-up of e-journals, although there are mixed findings regarding the fate of the print format. Access to e-literature is dominated by keyword searching, with subject-specific (e.g., chemical abstracts); or general academic (Web of Knowledge) gateways and search engines (typically Google) all used above publishers platforms, alerts, and other ways to find literature. The value of e-journals has been shown to be high, both in terms of in gaining new insights and helping with teaching, and in measure of “Contingent valuation”: the time or cost incurred by not having provision. Barriers to e-journal use included non-purchase of titles by the library and years or volumes not available electronically. Although many disciplinary differences exist, due to their differing natures and means of scholarly communication, nevertheless, the review concludes that it is now unthinkable for researchers to work without the convenience and comprehensiveness that e-journals provide them.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13614533.2010.503645
ISSN: 1361-4533
eISSN: 1740-7834
Type: Journal Article
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