E-Journals Download Patterns using Web Log Analysis of Selected Publishers among the Aerospace Organizations of Bangalore: A Research Study

Guruprasad, R and Marimuthu, P (2014) E-Journals Download Patterns using Web Log Analysis of Selected Publishers among the Aerospace Organizations of Bangalore: A Research Study. Global Journal of Research in Engineering, 14 (1, 1.0). pp. 35-49. ISSN Print: 0975-5861, Online: 2249-4596

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With the widespread use of computer and network technologies for facilitating access to scholarly journals, a new methodology has emerged for studying journal usage and scholarly information seeking behavior. Computers record or log all user transactions in a plain text file known as a ‘transaction log’. Log files contain data about many of the details of the user’s interaction with the system. Hence, some researchers have adopted log analysis to find out about the use of electronic journals in terms of both the volume and patterns of use. Web log analysis or the Transaction log analysis has immense potential for studying online journal’s use and their user’s information seeking behavior. Log studies have been particularly helpful in understanding the searching and browsing behavior of e-journals’ users. Most importantly, the data generated from ‘log analysis’ is ‘pure’, and most importantly ‘without human intervention’. Hence the authenticity of the data is guaranteed. The major findings that the authors would like to report in this paper are: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was applied for testing the significant difference among the mean scores attained from the aerospace scientists and engineers of the 5 aerospace organizations selected for the study for ‘e-Journal downloads per year / per publisher’. It is observed that all the 5 aerospace organizations show a significant difference (P < 0.05) in their mean scores viz., ‘Elsevier’, John Wiley (Inter-Science)’, ‘Cambridge University Press (CUP’, ‘Oxford University Press (OUP)’, ‘American Mathematical Society (AMS)’, ‘American Chemical Society (ACS)’, ‘American Institute of Physics (AIP)’, ‘Indian National Science Academy (INSA)’, ‘Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS)’, ‘Royal Society of London (RSL)’, ‘Journal of Atmospheric Sciences (JAS)’, ‘Air Force – Airman’ and ‘Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technologies (AEAT)’ except for ‘Springer Link’, ‘Taylor and Francis (T&F)’, ‘Emerald (P=0.067)’, ‘Blackwell’, ‘American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) (P=0.057)’, ‘American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)’, ‘American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’, ‘Elsevier – Science Direct (P=0.054)’, ‘Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)’, ‘Web of Science’ and ‘Institution of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) (P=0.085).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First Indian Study using Web Log Analysis of e-Journal Download Patterns among the Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore (selected 5 Organizations) and (Selected Publishers)
Uncontrolled Keywords: web log analysis, transaction log analysis, e-journal download patterns, e-journal publishers, aerospace organizations, city of bangalore.
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
ENGINEERING > Engineering (General)
SOCIAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES > Documentation and Information Science
Depositing User: Dr Ramachandran Guruprasad
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 08:43
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 08:43
URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/11954

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