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Publication date: 18 April 2008

Brian Adams and Bob Noel

This article aims to describe how circulation statistics may be used to evaluate collection development policies.

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Purpose

This article aims to describe how circulation statistics may be used to evaluate collection development policies.

Design/methodology/approach

The circulation statistics of books acquired by a science library in a specific year are analyzed by publisher, publication date, and subject.

Findings

The paper finds that older books circulated more than recently published titles purchased at the same time. Circulation averages varied considerably between publishers.

Research limitations/implications

Checkouts are an imprecise measure of value. Number of items not purchase costs is the denominator of all averages used; there is a data bias against inexpensive books.

Originality/value

The procedure outlined can be used generally to evaluate collection development policies.

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Collection Building, vol. 27 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Publication date: 31 January 2020

US pensions provision in the context of an ageing society.

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DOI: 10.1108/OXAN-DB250351

ISSN: 2633-304X

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Publication date: 1 June 1998

Beata Kupiec and Brian Revell

This paper aims to identify and describe the determinants of consumer attitudes towards artisanal cheeses within the speciality cheese market and the reasons behind the…

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This paper aims to identify and describe the determinants of consumer attitudes towards artisanal cheeses within the speciality cheese market and the reasons behind the growing interest in this premium value sector as evinced by two surveys of specialist food retailers and artisanal cheese consumers. The survey results obtained are presented in the context of a changing consumption culture and the concept of an emerging “postmodern” consumerism. Artisanal cheese consumers focus on the unique characteristics of the products and their distinctive character in relation to mass produced industrial cheeses. Price and functional properties of artisanal cheeses are less important in the consumer purchase decision. Artisanal cheese consumers are characterised by “variety seeking” behaviour. This is stimulated by the broad range of available flavours, tastes and cheese types and suggests a low degree of brand or even cheese‐type loyalty among such consumers. The “plural” nature of the “speciality” cheese market accommodates well the highly individual and fragmented requirements of consumers of artisanal cheeses.

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British Food Journal, vol. 100 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0007-070X

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Publication date: 6 November 2020

Ellery Altshuler

The purpose of this paper is to describe restrictions on freedoms of expression and press that have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic and to show the public health…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe restrictions on freedoms of expression and press that have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic and to show the public health impact of these restrictions.

Design/methodology/approach

General PubMed and Google searches were used to review human rights violations both historically and during the current coronavirus pandemic. Special attention was paid to publications produced by groups dedicated to monitoring human rights abuses.

Findings

During the coronavirus pandemic, many governments have used the guise of controlling the virus to silence critics and stifle the press. Though these restrictions were supposedly orchestrated to fight the virus, they have done just the opposite: suppression of expression and press has hindered public health efforts and exacerbated the spread of the virus. By reducing case reporting, allowing for the spread of misinformation and blocking productive debate, violations of human rights to free expression and press have worsened the coronavirus outbreak.

Originality/value

This study shows the ways in which human rights are both threatened and particularly important in crises.

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International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, vol. 14 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-4902

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Publication date: 1 January 1982

The quality of printing produced by computers is often of a poor standard. Most people can tell at a glance which parts of their bills, or bank statements, are printed by…

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The quality of printing produced by computers is often of a poor standard. Most people can tell at a glance which parts of their bills, or bank statements, are printed by a computer — the parts that are awkward to read and of poor quality. In general, computer printed documents are inferior to typed documents. This may not matter too much for bills, but the current explosion in office word‐processing computers means a corresponding explosion in the number and variety of badly printed documents being produced.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 82 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Publication date: 23 May 2011

Abel Chikanda

The paper seeks to investigate the leading causes of physician migration from Zimbabwe and to highlight the patterns of physician migration over the past‐two decades.

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Purpose

The paper seeks to investigate the leading causes of physician migration from Zimbabwe and to highlight the patterns of physician migration over the past‐two decades.

Design/methodology/approach

A mixed methods approach, involving a survey and interviews, was used to collect data for the study.

Findings

The paper demonstrates that personal networks, not recruitment agencies, are the main drivers of physician migration from the country. However, the importance of recruitment agencies as channels of information about job opportunities abroad has grown substantially over the last decade. The research findings suggest that Zimbabwe will continue losing physicians to other countries until economic and political stability has been restored in the country.

Originality/value

By highlighting the patterns and causes of physician migration from Zimbabwe, the paper makes a contribution to the implementation of policy measures aimed at retaining physicians in the country.

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International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol. 7 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1747-9894

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Publication date: 1 March 1988

HARRY EAST and AMBER ADAMS

Brian Vickery has been a prolific writer as this list — which covers a period of forty active years — indicates. There are almost certainly omissions. He has, for example…

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Brian Vickery has been a prolific writer as this list — which covers a period of forty active years — indicates. There are almost certainly omissions. He has, for example, been an incisive if gentle reviewer, in this and other journals, of the contemporary literature. Only a few of his extended reviews are included here. The bibliography illustrates the breadth of Brian's professional interests: from Bradford's law in the forties to expert systems in the eighties, with significant contributions to contemporary developments throughout the interim. The range is formidable and characteristic.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 44 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 14 August 2007

Peter A. Sproat

Asset recovery and the incentivisation of law enforcement is a theme within both the official and critical discourses on anti‐money laundering and asset recovery. This…

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Purpose

Asset recovery and the incentivisation of law enforcement is a theme within both the official and critical discourses on anti‐money laundering and asset recovery. This paper attempts to find out whether this so‐called “new policing of assets” in the UK has produced new assets for policing.

Design/methodology/approach

The aim is achieved by producing an estimate for the costs to private companies and public authorities as well as an estimate of the financial benefits, both of which challenge the costs and benefits stated in previous work on the issue.

Findings

In doing this work it points out the difficulty of producing such costings and questions whether the regime justifies the compliance costs imposed.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to the debate about improving the quality of cost‐benefit analyses of the money laundering regime.

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Journal of Money Laundering Control, vol. 10 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1368-5201

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Article
Publication date: 25 January 2009

Liu Xue and Brian J. Revell

The purpose of this paper is to examine patterns of recent changes in China's international export trade in vegetable products between 2001 and 2005 following China's…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine patterns of recent changes in China's international export trade in vegetable products between 2001 and 2005 following China's membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and to measure consequent changes in its export competitiveness. It also aims to consider infrastructural issues in relation to supply chain and food safety issues which may affect China's future potential export growth in vegetables.

Design/methodology/approach

The comparative advantage of China's vegetable sector is measured through an export specialisation index. A trade‐shares accounting framework is used to identify the sources of change in China's aggregate market shares. An import demand function for China's vegetable exports is estimated.

Findings

The paper finds that China has a comparative advantage in vegetable production and exporting. Although there have been negative structural changes in vegetable imports in many of China's major overseas markets, particularly East Asia, China's export share of those markets and its overall world market share has increased since WTO membership. China's export growth rate has exceeded the global average for most vegetable categories. Penetration of SE Asian markets has been price driven, but there is little evidence that China's WTO membership has enabled greater penetration into EU markets for its vegetable exports.

Originality/value

There have been many studies of the potential impact of China's WTO membership on world trade in agri‐food products, but none examining its actual impact in the labour intensive vegetable sector. Although the methodologies applied are well established, their empirical application in the context of China's vegetable export sector in this article are original, and present a context against which to view China's future vegetable export prospects.

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British Food Journal, vol. 111 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0007-070X

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Publication date: 1 May 2002

Consists of a series of nine articles under the same title. Each article provides a different slant on the hiring process. Outlines the legal position when hiring…

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Consists of a series of nine articles under the same title. Each article provides a different slant on the hiring process. Outlines the legal position when hiring employees and concentrates on providing a framework for managers. Covers areas including job analysis and descriptions, where to advertise and recruit, selection criteria, the interview, testing, negotiating the offer of employment and references. Briefly describes trends in employment practices and ways to minimize potential litigation through best practice.

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Management Research News, vol. 25 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0140-9174

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