No scholar is an island: The impact of sharing in the work life of scholars - Tenopir - 2016 - Learned Publishing - Wiley Online Library
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"The sharing of scholarly articles is an intrinsic and often ignored facet of the value and mission of scholarship. It is so entwined in the daily work life of scholars that it has almost become second nature, an integral part of the research process itself. This article addresses this often overlooked area of research in usage studies. In an international survey of 1,000 published scholars, the Beyond Downloads project examined their sharing behaviours in order to gain a more contextualized and accurate picture of their usage beyond download patterns and citation counts. Scholars share published articles with others as a mode of content discovery and dissemination, particularly if they work in groups, and most expect to increase their sharing in the future. While their methods of sharing articles may change, and their reasons for sharing may vary from self-promotion to the more altruistic motives of scientific progress, they desire to share the final published versions of articles with their colleagues.
- Sharing is intrinsic to scholarship.
- Sharing is done for both altruistic and personal interest reasons – building reputation and career.
- Embargoes of any length are perceived to obstruct the research process.
- Version control is important because researchers want to present the best versions of themselves and their work.
- Scholars often feel that publisher guidelines on sharing are difficult to find and sometimes deliberately obtuse.
- Scholars will continue to share regardless of the consequences or restrictions."