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Use and availability of scholarly journals in Catalan academic libraries
Borrego, Àngel (Borrego Huerta); Anglada i de Ferrer, Lluís M.; Barrios Cerrejón, M. Teresa; Garcia, Francesc
Universitat de Barcelona
This paper presents the results of a survey of academics affiliated to the universities that are members of the Consortium of Academic Libraries of Catalonia (CBUC) and an analysis of the availability in the libraries of these universities of the references cited in a sample of articles published by these academics. The results reflect the major importance that researchers assign to scholarly journals as the main source of scientific information. Most state that they use electronic journals either exclusively or in any case more than print journals, a preference that is higher among younger scholars. With regard to frequency of reading, four out of ten researchers state that they read journals virtually every day, while nine out of ten report that they do so at least once a week. Scholars claim that the obstacles they face when trying to download an article are related to the lack of subscriptions. However, the availability study showed that most of the articles cited in their publications are available at least at one of the CBUC libraries. Though most researchers keep a copy of the articles they consult, just over a third of them use some kind of reference management software.
Revistes electròniques
Biblioteques universitàries
Electronic journals
Academic libraries
(c) Elsevier B.V., 2012
Article - Accepted version
Elsevier B.V.

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