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  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 12:26:25 +0100
  • Organization: IUCr

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Subject: Access and Retrieval of Recent Journal Articles
Date: Wednesday 18 August 2004 10:38 am
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>

From: Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Summer 2004


This study describes the methods of access and retrieval of recent journal 
articles cited by geoscientists and chemists who work in academia, 
government, and industry. Citations, originally published during 2002, were 
selected from the references in current articles in 20 journal titles in the 
geosciences and 14 in chemistry.
Each author received a personalized letter and brief questionnaire that 
addressed the methods of access and retrieval of one of those citations. Not 
surprisingly, a majority of respondents in both disciplines reported using 
the Internet for both access and retrieval, and many added insightful, 
substantive remarks that added depth and detail to the data analysis.
The return rates of 75% in geoscience and 57% in chemistry suggest a high 
level of concern among these scientists for their journal literature. A 
comparison of the present results with similar unpublished data from a 1998 
study illustrates the rapid evolution and acceptance of electronic journals; 
five years ago a majority of scientists in both disciplines used traditional 
(non-electronic) methods for access and retrieval of recent citations.
Analysis of the information-seeking behavior of chemists and geologists as 
represented by citation patterns offers a unique view of the scientific 

<URL: http://www.istl.org/04-summer/article1.html >



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