WEB LOG ANALYSIS OF E-JOURNAL USAGE AND SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION: A CASE STUDY OF E-JOURNAL (FULL-TEXT) DOWNLOAD PATTERNS OF NAL SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

Guruprasad, R and Khaiser Nikam, KN and Gopinath Rao, M and Mudkavi, Vidyadhar Y (2009) WEB LOG ANALYSIS OF E-JOURNAL USAGE AND SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION: A CASE STUDY OF E-JOURNAL (FULL-TEXT) DOWNLOAD PATTERNS OF NAL SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. WEB LOG ANALYSIS OF E-JOURNAL USAGE AND SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION: A CASE STUDY OF E-JOURNAL (FULL-TEXT) DOWNLOAD PATTERNS OF NAL SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, 15 (4). pp. 201-232.

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    Abstract

    At present most scientists have access to full-text e-journals. In most cases, this facility is provided right at the desktop. In this paper, we present a case study of full-text e-journal use patterns among the scientists and engineers at the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The facility at NAL is provided right at the desktop through the NAL-CSIR-NISCAIR e-conglomerate. National Institute of Science Communication and Information Research (NISCAIR) provides e-access to more than 4040 world-class e-journals to all science and technology personnel of the CSIR fraternity. This CSIR-NISCAIR initiative allows any scientist in any CSIR Laboratory to access this electronic information to keep abreast of the technological developments in his / her area of specialization. The analysis of data of the full-text e-journal use patterns covers the period 2005 to 2007. The major findings highlighted are: (a) the mean number (per-month) of full-text downloads for the above three years was found to be different through Kruskal Wallis test of ‗One Way Analysis of Variance‘ at 1% level of significance and (b) when the Chi-Square test was applied to test whether there is independence between the years and the publishers, the calculated value of Chi-Square was 845, which is highly significant. Hence we conclude that for the full-text downloads data, the years and the publishers are not independent. This Chi-Square test was carried out for only those publishers (8 in number) for which the data was available for all the three years (2005-2007).

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Scholarly communication, Electronic information usage patterns, Scientists, Scientific communication, Electronic journals, NAL, CSIR, NISCAIR, Full-text e-journal download statistics.
    Subjects: SOCIAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES > Documentation and Information Science
    Division/Department: Knowledge & Technology Management Division, Other, Other, Computational and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics Division
    Depositing User: Dr Ramachandran Guruprasad
    Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2010 14:06
    Last Modified: 09 Nov 2010 14:06
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/9073

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