The use and users of scholarly e‐journals: a review of log analysis studies

Hamid R. Jamali (CIBER, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London, London, UK)
David Nicholas (CIBER, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London, London, UK)
Paul Huntington (CIBER, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London, London, UK)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To provide a review of the log analysis studies of use and users of scholarly electronic journals.

Design/methodology/approach

The advantages and limitations of log analysis are described and then past studies of e‐journals' use and users that applied this methodology are critiqued. The results of these studies will be very briefly compared with some survey studies. Those aspects of online journals' use and users studies that log analysis can investigate well and those aspects that log analysis can not disclose enough information about are highlighted.

Findings

The review indicates that although there is a debate about reliability of the results of log analysis, this methodology has great potential for studying online journals' use and their users' information seeking behaviour.

Originality/value

This paper highlights the strengths and weaknesses of log analysis for studying digital journals and raises a couple of questions to be investigated by further studies.

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Citation

Jamali, H., Nicholas, D. and Huntington, P. (2005), "The use and users of scholarly e‐journals: a review of log analysis studies", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 57 No. 6, pp. 554-571. https://doi.org/10.1108/00012530510634271

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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