New report released tracking usage pattern of academic journal articles

(18 December 2013)  The Association of American Publishers reports on an independent study that analyzes the usage pattern of articles published in over 2,800 academic and professional journals. It identifies the “half-life” of journals — the amount of time it takes for articles in a journal to receive half of their lifetime total downloads — and is the first major broad-based report conducted on this topic.

Phil Davis, Ph.D., an independent researcher and former science librarian, analyzed lifetime usage data from 2812 journals representing the works of 13 scholarly publishers in 10 distinct scholarly disciplines including life sciences, engineering, social sciences and the humanities.

Read the press release here.