Scholarly communication in the age of Google: exploring academics’ use patterns of e-journals at the University of the Punjab: The Electronic Library: Vol 35, No 1
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The research study investigates the use patterns of scholarly e-journals by academics for teaching, research and keeping themselves up-to-date. The study also looks at differences in the use patterns across twelve disciplines.
A survey was conducted to explore academics’ use patterns of scholarly e-journals in twelve disciplines. The University of the Punjab was used for the sample population. Self administered questionnaires were distributed to all regular and contractual academics of Lahore campuses of the University. After follow up 457 questionnaires were received with a response rate of 54 percent. Descriptive statistics and non parametric statistics were used to analyse data.
The results showed that the academics made more frequent use of e-journals, online reference sources and discussion with colleagues for scholarly activities. E-Journals were used predominantly for research related activities rather than for teaching and instruction. Academics obtained e-journal articles primarily from open access sources i.e., general search engines and Google Scholar as compared to subscribed and other sources of e-journal articles. Disciplinary differences were also found in academics’ use patterns of e-journals. However, academics showed just satisfactory skills regarding use of advanced searching techniques and evaluation of the quality of e-journals.
Findings will be helpful for information professionals to review their policies and practices in relation to e-journal services for academic community. The needs for e-literacy skills to use e-journals will also be identified and findings will be significant for information professionals in arranging information literacy instruction programmes for targeted disciplines.
Most of e-journals use studies focused on specific disciplines – Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering and Technology and Social Sciences. This research study is valuable that investigated use patterns of e-journals across twelve different disciplines at the University of the Punjab."