Survey Asks Questions About Scholarly Journal Use

Filling out a surveyHow, as a researcher, do you find and then use information in your work? This has been a question Carol Tenopir, a chancellor’s professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been asking in a series of surveys for decades.

In this year’s survey, Tenopir is looking specifically at your scholarly reading habits; she aims to assess the value of access to scholarly journals by examining patterns of use and reading. We say ‘your’ reading habits because the online survey is now accepting answers to these questions and encourages the readers of Social Science Space and MethodSpace to give their feedback. All answers are anonymous and while the final dataset may be available in an open data repository it will be cleaned to remove any potentially identifying information.

The take the survey, click here:

“Gaining a better understanding of how academics use journals,” Tenopir writes in the introductory page to the survey, “will provide insights into designing future journals and collections as well as assisting in understanding the evolving nature of scholarly reading.”

The survey consists of a short section about you, reading practices, scholarly article reading, other publication reading, and social media and should take about 20 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about the study or procedures, please contact Tenopir at

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