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Dr Jekyll and Dr Hyde: author‐reader asymmetries in scholarly publishing

Michael A. Mabe (Michael A. Mabe is Director of Academic Relations, at Elsevier Science, Oxford, UK.)
Mayur Amin (Mayur Amin is Director, Research Office, at Elsevier Science, Oxford, UK.)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 1 June 2002

Abstract

The fundamental asymmetries of the journal system are reviewed and an examination is made of the differences between author and reader behaviour at both a quantitative and a qualitative level. Author productivity and so‐called “salami‐style” publishing practices are examined. An estimate of global author numbers is made. Reader and readership studies combined with bibliometric analysis allow the proposal of a means of estimating reading rates of journals.

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Mabe, M.A. and Amin, M. (2002), "Dr Jekyll and Dr Hyde: author‐reader asymmetries in scholarly publishing", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 54 No. 3, pp. 149-157. https://doi.org/10.1108/00012530210441692

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