Survey of scholarly communication tool usage

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The data are available in various ways:

 

The survey

Our survey is part of an ongoing effort to chart the changing landscape of scholarly communication. The changes in this landscape are driven by technology, policies, and culture, but in the end only take place because researchers and other stakeholders decide to adapt their workflows or recommend changes to others. Thus, the developing landscape is for an important part expressed through changing tool usage. New tools are constantly being developed by researchers themselves, small start-ups or big players, as reflected in our list of scholarly communication tools that now offers over 600 of these tools. However, tool usage varies by field, country and position. How exactly is what we intend to find out with this research.

The survey  ran from May 10, 2015 to February 10 2016. The seperate list of tools mentioned in the survey is also still available.

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Response

Over 9 months, the survey received more than 20,000 responses. This is in large part thanks to the efforts of our custom-URL partners:  >100 organisations (primarily  universities and publishers) who distributed the survey among their researchers. The translation of the survey in 6 languages (with special thanks to our reviewers and testers!) has facilitated response from China, Japan, Russia, Latin-America and French- and Arab-speaking countries.

What you can do with the data

The data will make it possible to compare research workflows across the entire research cycle for different disciplines, research roles, countries and career lengths. The results also include the respondents’ stance on Open Access and Open Science, and on what they perceive to be the most important developments in scholarly communication.

Outreach and follow-up research

We have presented the survey data and the most important insights at Force2016, April 17-19 in Portland, USA. We also aim to do our own further analyses on the data, and are planning a qualitative follow-up study with people who have indicated they are willing to be contacted again. In that we might take a deeper look at motivations for choosing more open, efficient and/or transparant ways of working. We welcome suggestions on topics to focus on in this follow up study.

Contact

For more information please contact: Bianca Kramer b.m.r.kramer@uu.nl | @MsPhelps or Jeroen Bosman j.bosman@uu.nl | @jeroenbosman (both at Utrecht University Library).