Scholarly Communications by Faculty

Ithika, an organization that promotes the use of technology in higher education, released a report recently on the scholarly communication habits of tenured faculty members.  Ithika has performed this survey three times in the past 10 years, repeating this survey nation-wide every three years.

Here is how the report boils down:

– Faculty use and want e-journals, and don’t want print. 80% of scientists said they would want only current access to e-journals, where as only 60% of faculty in the humanities wanted electronic e-journal access only.

– Faculty are not visiting the library as the starting point for their research as they have in the past; they tend to start with the Internet.  One quote I’d like to highlight from today’s Chronicle of Higher Education summary is,

If faculty members see the library less as a gateway to research, they still put faith in its value as a buyer and archiver of information. There’s a danger, however, that they will consider it “as a budget line rather than as an active intellectual partner,” the report suggests.

– Faculty do not consider the e-books as important (10%), but many think that it will affect them professionally in the next five years (30%).

– For the majority (85%), faculty still want to publish in recognized journals rather than to publish their work in an open access journals which are publicly available and have a higher impact factor (40%).  They believe that writing to their peers in their narrow fields of study is more important than writing to a general audience in which anyone who wants to read their work can.

– Less than 30% of faculty have ever uploaded their work into their institutional repositories.


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on April 8, 2010, in Education, Libraries, Scholarly Commun. and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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