Perceived influence of the use of electronic information resources on scholarly work and publication productivity

Perceived influence of the use of electronic information resources on scholarly work and... This study explores how the use of electronic information resources has influenced scholars' opinion of their work, and how this is connected to their publication productivity. The data consist of a nationwide Web‐based survey of the end‐users of FinELib, the Finnish Electronic Library, at all universities in Finland. Scholars feel that the use of electronic literature has improved their work considerably in several ways. This influence can be differentiated into two dimensions. The first one is improved accessibility and availability of literature, and the second is more directly related to the content and quality of scholarly work. The perceived improved access is positively associated with the number of international publications produced, among doctoral students in particular. The more direct influence of e‐resource use on the content of scholarly work is, however, not associated with publication productivity. The results seem to imply that investments in academic digital libraries are beneficial for the researchers and for the universities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Wiley

Perceived influence of the use of electronic information resources on scholarly work and publication productivity

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1532-2882
eISSN
1532-2890
D.O.I.
10.1002/asi.20769
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Abstract

This study explores how the use of electronic information resources has influenced scholars' opinion of their work, and how this is connected to their publication productivity. The data consist of a nationwide Web‐based survey of the end‐users of FinELib, the Finnish Electronic Library, at all universities in Finland. Scholars feel that the use of electronic literature has improved their work considerably in several ways. This influence can be differentiated into two dimensions. The first one is improved accessibility and availability of literature, and the second is more directly related to the content and quality of scholarly work. The perceived improved access is positively associated with the number of international publications produced, among doctoral students in particular. The more direct influence of e‐resource use on the content of scholarly work is, however, not associated with publication productivity. The results seem to imply that investments in academic digital libraries are beneficial for the researchers and for the universities.

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Journal of the American Society for Information Science and TechnologyWiley

Published: Feb 15, 2008

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