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ERIC Number: EJ792731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
For Electronic Journals, Total Downloads Can Predict Number of Users
Davis, Philip M.
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v4 n3 p379-392 Jul 2004
Results from two multiple regression models involving HighWire journal subscriptions in 2003 for 16 participating universities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Sweden indicate a highly predictive relationship between the number of article downloads and the number of users--meaning that the size of a user population can be estimated by just knowing the total use of a journal. The relationship is consistent over time and across institutions and appears to be unrelated to the subject, size, or popularity of a journal. It is not consistent across publishers, however, suggesting that an "interface effect" may exist. The development of a Project COUNTER standard to deal with extreme or abnormal journal usage is necessary if we wish to compare the performance of journals across publishers. (Contains 3 tables, 4 figures, and 17 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden; United Kingdom; United States