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Are Scientists Reading Less? Apparently, Scientists Didn’t Read This Paper | The Scholarly Kitchen


Are Scientists Reading Less? Apparently, Scientists Didn’t Read This Paper | The Scholarly Kitchen.

The upshot of this critique of early misrepesentation of a Carol Tenopir study was, in fact, flawed.  But the question is, does a lack of statistical difference between two years of data suggest a “leveling off”?  Of course, one year does not a trend make.  It would not surprise me, though, if this indeed does turn into a trend – after all, there is a finite amount of time and pressures for productivity will reduce the time available for reading.

The other issue is brought up by a commenter – that is, what constitutes a “reading”.  I recall this issue brought out in Tenopir’s joint work with Donald W. King, Towards electronic journals.  Even in the late 1990’s, they were seeing trends of increasing “skimming” of abstracts to compensate for the flood of articles.  The respondents considered this “reading”.

Well, I’m looking forward to reading, I mean, really reading Carol’s article.

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