This second phase of the Research Information Network's research was designed to probe the findings of the first stage. The report, free to download from RIN's website concludes that:
- Searching via 'gateway' sites such as Google Scholar or PubMed is favoured because it is generally straightforward and relatively easy to narrow down results.
- Researchers engage in 'power browsing', viewing content strategically rather than reading the document in a linear fashion.
- The number of articles published worldwide in all of the report's six chosen subjects rose
- Life scientists are most likely to use ejournals on most or every working day; historians least likely
- Highly rated, research intensive institutions have a markedly higher use of ejournals
- Nearly 25% of journal use by university researchers in the UK takes place outside of traditional working hours
- Library spending on ejournals has increased while there has been a decline on spending on print journals
Download the full report here.