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Publication date: 23 October 2007

David Nicholas, Paul Huntington and Hamid R. Jamali

The purpose of this research is to examine the impact on usage of the journal Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) moving to an open access model. A major objective was to examine…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to examine the impact on usage of the journal Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) moving to an open access model. A major objective was to examine the impact of open access in the context of other initiatives that have improved accessibility to scholarly journals. The study also aims to demonstrate the potential of deep log analysis for monitoring change in usage over time.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were gathered from the logs for the period 2003‐June 2005 and analysed using deep log methods. The data were analysed to provide the following information on use: type of item viewed; usage over time; usage for individual journal issues; usage per type of article; age of article. Usage analyses were further examined with regard to the following user characteristics: subscriber/non‐subscriber; referrer link employed, organisational affiliation; geographical location.

Findings

The analysis showed that the rise in use of NAR over the survey period (140 per cent) could largely be attributed to the opening up of the site to search engines and that the move to OA had a relatively small influence on driving usage up further (less than 10 per cent).

Originality/value

The study for the first time thoroughly analyses the usage data of a significant experimental open access journal and reveals the huge impact of search engines on driving up usage.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 63 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 July 2006

David Nicholas, Paul Huntington, Hamid R. Jamali and Carol Tenopir

This article presents the early findings of an exploratory deep log analysis of journal usage on OhioLINK, conducted as part of the MaxData project funded by the US…

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Purpose

This article presents the early findings of an exploratory deep log analysis of journal usage on OhioLINK, conducted as part of the MaxData project funded by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services. OhioLINK, the original “big deal”, provides a single digital platform of nearly 6,000 full‐text journal for more than 600,000 people in the state of Ohio. The purpose of the paper is not only to present findings from the deep log analysis of journal usage on OhioLINK, but, arguably more importantly, to try test a new method of analysing online information user behaviour – deep log analysis.

Design/methodology/approach

The raw server logs were obtained for the period June 2004 to December 2004. For this exploratory study one month (October) of the on‐campus usage logs and seven months of the off‐campus transaction logs were analysed.

Findings

During this period approximately 1,215,000 items were viewed on campus in October 2004 and 1,894,000 items viewed off campus between June and December 2004. The paper presents a number of usage analyses including: number of journals used, titles of journals used, use over time, a returnee analysis and a special analysis of subject, date and method of access.

Practical implications

The research findings help libraries evaluate the efficiency of big deal and one‐stop shopping for scholarly journals and also investigate their users' information seeking behaviours.

Originality/value

The research is a part of efforts to test the applications of a new methodology, deep log analysis, for use and user studies. It also represents the most substantial independent analysis of, possibly, the most important and significant of the journal big deals ever conducted.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 62 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 August 2004

San‐Yih Hwang and Shi‐Min Chuang

In a large‐scale digital library, it is essential to recommend a small number of useful and related articles to users. In this paper, a literature recommendation framework…

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In a large‐scale digital library, it is essential to recommend a small number of useful and related articles to users. In this paper, a literature recommendation framework for digital libraries is proposed that dynamically provides recommendations to an active user when browsing a new article. This framework extends our previous work that considers only Web usage data by utilizing content information of articles when making recommendations. Methods that make use of pure content data, pure Web usage data, and both content and usage data are developed and compared using the data collected from our university's electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) system. The experimental results demonstrate that content data and usage data are complements of each other and hybrid methods that take into account of both types of information tend to achieve more accurate recommendations.

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Online Information Review, vol. 28 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Publication date: 15 November 2011

V.J. Suseela

The paper seeks to emphasize the necessity of evaluating the library resources in terms of their quality, cost benefit and usefulness.

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Purpose

The paper seeks to emphasize the necessity of evaluating the library resources in terms of their quality, cost benefit and usefulness.

Design/methodology/approach

In the context of subscribing to the latest e‐journal databases in university libraries, different types of usage studies are discussed, including the recent application of usage log data or vendor reports. The genesis, standardization of usage reports and the significance of COUNTER statistics in establishing the usefulness of the e‐journals are described. The use of various electronic databases by the University of Hyderabad academic community is referred to according to these statistics/reports, mentioning the way in which it is helpful to university library in assessing their actual usage and usefulness.

Findings

The paper highlights the application of usage reports by the university library in decision making during renewals/subscriptions, i.e. the selection of databases, upgrading the versions, increasing licences, cancellation of subscriptions, etc.

Practical implications

All in all, it is established that the usage reports are to be taken as a support to library decision‐making activity, since it reflects the true value of e‐journals/databases.

Originality/value

This study provides necessary direction to library management regarding the utilization of log data for assessing the true value of e‐journals/databases. Thus the usage statistics can be studied and this analysis will invariably support the complex decision‐making activity of serials management in university libraries.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 29 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 19 June 2017

Lin He and Zhengbiao Han

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the impact of scientific data in order to assess the reliability of data to support data curation, to establish trust between…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the impact of scientific data in order to assess the reliability of data to support data curation, to establish trust between researchers to support reuse of digital data and encourage researchers to share more data.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors compared the correlations between usage counts of associated data in Dryad and citation counts of articles in Web of Science in different subject areas in order to assess the possibility of using altmetric indicators to evaluate scientific data.

Findings

There are high positive correlations between usage counts of data and citation counts of associated articles. The citation counts of article’s shared data are higher than the average citation counts in most of the subject areas examined by the authors.

Practical implications

The paper suggests that usage counts of data could be potentially used to evaluate scholarly impact of scientific data, especially for those subject areas without special data repositories.

Originality/value

The study examines the possibility to use usage counts to evaluate the impact of scientific data in a generic repository Dryad by different subject categories.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 35 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Article
Publication date: 1 April 2006

David Nicholas and Paul Huntington

To quantify the usage of electronic journals as an aid to making judgements on the use of document supply.

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Purpose

To quantify the usage of electronic journals as an aid to making judgements on the use of document supply.

Design/methodology/approach

A detailed analysis was made of the use of OHIOLink as well as the Blackwell Synergy, ScienceDirect, emeraldinsight, and OUP databases by CIBER at University College London.

Findings

Many more people are accessing electronic journals than was previously the case in a print environment. Users are searching more widely as linking becomes easier and abstracts are becoming increasingly popular.

Research limitations/implications

More research could be done on the use of abstracts together with further evaluation of usage at article level by title.

Practical implications

Massive usage of the databases analysed is significantly affecting the use of information by researchers.

Originality/value

This article presents an example of “deep log” analysis that sheds valuable light on the actual as distinct from perceived use of electronic full text databases

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 34 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Article
Publication date: 25 May 2012

Mike McGrath

– The aim is to provide a review of the literature concerning interlending and document supply and related matters.

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Purpose

The aim is to provide a review of the literature concerning interlending and document supply and related matters.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on the reading of over 150 journals, as well as monographs, reports and websites.

Findings

It is found that open access (OA) continues to grow in importance and may well be approaching a tipping point where it becomes the norm rather than a minority and patronised channel. The UK government has signalled support for author mandates to publish in open access journals. However in the US – the publishers are once again attempting to block OA mandates. Patron driven acquisition has clearly arrived and is deeply embedded in the US although less so elsewhere in the world. Significant resistance to Big Deals has resulted in an excellent settlement by UK universities.

Originality/value

The paper represents a useful source for librarians and others interested in interlending and document supply as well as such related matters as resource sharing and open access.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 40 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Publication date: 1 April 1998

Elizabeth Gadd, Richard Goodman and Adrienne Muir

Outlines the copyright clearance difficulties faced by librarians in the development of the Electronic Library and states the need for an electronic copyright management…

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Outlines the copyright clearance difficulties faced by librarians in the development of the Electronic Library and states the need for an electronic copyright management system (ECMS) to log the clearance process and to protect electronic documents. Reports the absence of a suitably priced commercially available ECMS for the academic sector and describes the design process for the eLib project ACORN's Rights Management system entitled CLEAR (Copyright Licensed Electronic Access to Readings) based on Microsoft Access. Describes the functionality of the CLEAR database and concludes that it might provide a template for other institutions in the design of subsequent ECMSs.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 16 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Article
Publication date: 31 July 2007

John A. Schibrowsky, James W. Peltier and Alexander Nill

The purpose of this study is to examine the internet marketing literature to determine how internet marketing research has evolved in terms of quantity, content, and…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the internet marketing literature to determine how internet marketing research has evolved in terms of quantity, content, and publication outlets. In addition, the paper identifies important trends in the internet marketing literature and provides a view of the research gaps and expected topical areas of interest.

Design/methodology/approach

A content analysis was performed on approximately 1,400 internet‐related marketing articles identified by searching the ABI/INFORM database. A total of 902 peer‐reviewed internet marketing articles appearing in nearly 80 different journals were identified. The study revealed that 60 percent of the internet research had been published in the last three years. The three most researched internet marketing areas were consumer behavior, internet strategy, and internet communications. The topics with the highest growth over the past two years were research issues and consumer search. Over the past 15 years, 14 articles appeared in the top three marketing journals.

Findings

The article identified important trends in the internet marketing research to provide future direction, particularly in terms of research gaps and expected topical areas of interest. The three major research areas that are likely to grow in the next few years are: consumer trust pertaining to the internet, the use of the internet by consumers for marketing related activities, and where is the internet headed in terms of integrating strategies?

Originality/value

The study provides both academics and practitioners with an updated review of the internet marketing literature along with a sense of how internet marketing research is evolving.

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European Journal of Marketing, vol. 41 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0566

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Publication date: 22 February 2011

Mike McGrath

The purpose of this paper is to review the current LIS literature for document supply and related issues.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the current LIS literature for document supply and related issues.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on the reading of over 150 journals, reports and websites.

Findings

It was found that the economic situation is generating significant resistance to publisher price rises. Particular attention is paid to patron‐driven purchases of monographs.

Originality/value

This is the only regular review of the LIS literature with document supply in mind.

Details

Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 39 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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