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Monday, 11 May 2015

Innovations in Scholarly Communication | Changing Research Workflows


Survey of scholarly communication tool usage

The survey

This 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 475 of these tools. However, tool usage varies by
field, country and position. How exactly is what we intend to find out
with this survey that will run at least through February 2016. The good
news is that you won’t have to wait that long for the results! We will
post intermediary analyses of the results on this site and present
findings at various meetings during and after this survey.

Who can participate?

Anyone carrying out research (from Master’s students to professors),
or supporting research (such as librarians, publishers and funders) can

Take part and get a visualization of your personal tool usage

If you have not yet taken part, please visit our graphical survey.
People tell us it is easy and fun to fill it out by just clicking the
tools you use. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete and you can opt to
receive a characterization of your workflow compared to that of your
peer group. By participating you will help increase the understanding of
research workflows and eventually help improve efficiency of scholarly
communication. You may even get new insights about your own workflow.

go to survey

For institutions & societies

Do you represent an institution/society that wishes to promote this
survey among its members? Then please contact us. We could arrange a
special URL that will enable us to provide you with resulting data for
just your organization. That way you can see what tools your members are
using, compared to overall usage patterns.

Privacy and data sharing

Results of the survey will be published on this site or in
publications linked to on this site. Only rigorously anonymized data
will be shared. Shared data will not be traceable to individuals.

Financial support

This survey is supported by a €600 grant from the Vogin-fonds. Vogin is a Dutch non-profit foundation supporting information specialists.


For more information please contact: Bianca Kramer | @MsPhelps or Jeroen Bosman | @jeroenbosman (both at Utrecht University Library).

Innovations in Scholarly Communication | Changing Research Workflows

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