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Research Publications Online: Too Much of A Good Thing?

Research Publications Online: Too Much of A Good Thing?
“New research shows that as more scholarly and research journals are available online, researchers cite fewer, newer papers
Having research papers and other scholarly writing available online gives researchers access to a great deal of materials without having to enter a library. But how does this impact the new research that they produce? James Evans at the University of Chicago has studied this question and his conclusion is surprising–despite having greater access to scholarly materials, researchers are actually citing fewer papers. The papers they do cite tend to be newer and are likely to be cited by other researchers.
Thanks to the Internet, scientists now have access to an astonishing number of research papers, scholarly journals and other papers. But according to new research conducted by James Evans, a professor sociology at the University of Chicago, researchers are actually citing fewer papers than ever, and they tend to cite newer papers that are also cited by many of their peers. In this interview, James discusses what got him interested in the topic, how he conducted his research and what he believes are some of the implications of this trend.
The researcher’s findings appear in the July 18 issue of Science magazine.”
SOURCE: National Science Foundation,
www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111928&govDel=USNSF_51
Here’s another argument for libraries to promote their digital vaults and make them more easily accessible and known. Research should be well-informed.
Stephen

Posted on: July 22, 2008, 12:35 pm Category: Uncategorized

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