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International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Academic Journals

  • ID: 4033825
  • Report
  • Region: Global, Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States
  • 67 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This 67-page study presents data from a survey of 512 academics from 55 research universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.  The report gives its readers a good idea of how scholars feel about the need for perpetual access to journal titles in online formats, their preferences regarding print vs. online journal formats, their need for new journal titles, the extent to which their library collections satisfy their current needs and the degree to which scholars find the materials that they need in their library’s existing journal collection. The study also looks at the impact of Google Scholar on scholarly journal information use. 

Data in the report is broken out by more than 10 criteria including but not limited to:  country of origin of faculty member (with separate data for the USA, Canada, UK/Ireland and Australia), age and gender of faculty member, academic field, size of university, academic title or position, world university ranking, and many other useful variables. 

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • 55.63% of faculty aged 60-years-old or over preferred retaining journals in paper format even when an online version is available; only 33.65% of faculty in the 31-years-old to 39-years-old age range felt the same way.
  • Business and Economics faculty report the greatest use of Google Scholar; reading journals on Google Scholar account for 41.03% of the time they spend reading online journals.
  • 78.96% of Canadian respondents were able to find the needed research articles using their home library collection vs only 55.1% for scholars from the UK and 65.56% for scholars from the USA.

Faculty from the following universities participated in the study: Australian National University, Brown University, Carleton University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University. Drexel University, Emory University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Griffith University, Imperial College London, McGill University, Miami University, Monash University, Penn State - University Park, Penn State College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Rice University, Rutgers University, Saint Louis University, Staffordshire University, Swinburne University of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, University of Michigan, University College Dublin, University Nottingham, University of Alberta, University of Birmingham, University of California at Davis, University of California Riverside, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, University of Idaho, University of Leeds, University of Maryland, University of Maryland College Park, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nottingham,  University of South Florida, University of Strathclyde, University of Technology Sydney, University of Toronto, University of Utah, University of Western Australia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Virginia Commonwealth University, Washington State University, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Western Michigan University and Yale University.

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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATIONS OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS   
Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Inconvenience/Frustration with Lack of Perpetual Access to Online Academic Journals   
Feelings About Academic Journal Holdings in Paper Format When Available Online   
Faculty Preference when Using Journal Articles   
Percentage of Journal Articles Obtained Using Library’s URL Linking Software   
Percentage of Journal Articles Found in Library’s Journal Collections   
Percentage of Time Spent Reading Journal Articles Online Using Google Scholar   
Wish-List for Journals Acquisitions   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive?   
Table 1.2 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by Country   
Table 1.3 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by US News & World Report World Ranking   
Table 1.4 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private Universities   
Table 1.5 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by Gender of survey participant   
Table 1.6 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 1.7 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by Age range of survey participant   
Table 1.8 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by Political views of survey participant   
Table 1.9 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by Tenure status   
Table 1.10 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by Level of faculty teaching load   
Table 1.11 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by Academic title   
Table 1.12 Have you ever been inconvenienced or frustrated in your research when you have been unable or found it difficult to obtain journals that are exclusively available online and which do not make all back copies available in an archive? Broken out by Academic field   
Table 2.1 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats.   
Table 2.2 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by Country   
Table 2.3 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by US News  World Report World Ranking   
Table 2.4 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private Universities   
Table 2.5 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by Gender of survey participant   
Table 2.6 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 2.7 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by Age range of survey participant   
Table 2.8 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by Political views of survey participant   
Table 2.9 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by Tenure status   
Table 2.10 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by Level of faculty teaching load   
Table 2.11 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by Academic title   
Table 2.12 Choose the phrase which best describes your feelings about the academic journals that your library keeps in paper formats even though it also has them in online formats. Broken out by Academic field   
Table 3.1 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles:   
Table 3.2 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by Country   
Table 3.3 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by US News & World Report World Ranking   
Table 3.4 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private Universities   
Table 3.5 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by Gender of survey participant   
Table 3.6 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 3.7 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by Age range of survey participant   
Table 3.8 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by Political views of survey participant   
Table 3.9 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by Tenure status   
Table 3.10 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by Level of faculty teaching load   
Table 3.11 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by Academic title   
Table 3.12 In general in which form do you prefer to use journal articles: Broken out by Academic field   
Table 4.1 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals?   
Table 4.2 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by Country   
Table 4.3 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by US News & World Report World Ranking   
Table 4.4 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private Universities   
Table 4.5 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by Gender of survey participant   
Table 4.6 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 4.7 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by Age range of survey participant   
Table 4.8 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by Political views of survey participant   
Table 4.9 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by Tenure status   
Table 4.10 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by Level of faculty teaching load   
Table 4.11 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by Academic title   
Table 4.12 About what percentage of the journal articles needed for your research within the past year have you been able to obtain by using your library's url linking software that links library catalog citations to articles in your library's collection of academic journals? Broken out by Academic field   
Table 5.1 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections?   
Table 5.2 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by Country   
Table 5.3 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by US News & World Report World Ranking   
Table 5.4 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private Universities   
Table 5.5 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by Gender of survey participant   
Table 5.6 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 5.7 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by Age range of survey participant   
Table 5.8 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by Political views of survey participant   
Table 5.9 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by Tenure status   
Table 5.10 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by Level of faculty teaching load   
Table 5.11 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by Academic title   
Table 5.12 About what percentage of the journal articles that you have needed for your research in the past year would you say that you have been able to find in your library's journal collections? Broken out by Academic field   
Which journals or other publications do you wish your library carried that it does not currently carry?   
Table 6.1 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar?   
Table 6.2 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by Country   
Table 6.3 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by US News & World Report World Ranking   
Table 6.4 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private Universities   
Table 6.5 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by Gender of survey participant   
Table 6.6 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 6.7 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by Age range of survey participant   
Table 6.8 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by Political views of survey participant   
Table 6.9 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by Tenure status   
Table 6.10 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by Level of faculty teaching load   
Table 6.11 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by Academic title   
Table 6.12 Approximately what percentage of the time you spend reading journal articles online would you say you spend reading works on Google Scholar? Broken out by Academic field   
In which subject area or specialty have you found it difficult to find extensive outlets or coverage in the existing journal literature?

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  • Australian National University
  • Brown University
  • Carleton University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University. Drexel University
  • Emory University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Griffith University
  • Imperial College London
  • Madison
  • McGill University
  • Miami University
  • Monash University
  • Penn State - University Park
  • Penn State College of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Staffordshire University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin
  • University Nottingham
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of California Riverside
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of California at Davis
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dublin
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Utah
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington State University
  • Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Western Michigan University
  • Yale University
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