Access to scholarly content: gaps and barriers to access (key findings)

Ian Rowlands
CIBER Research Group, University College London

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Ian will present the key findings of a study funded by the Research Information Network, JISC and the Publishing Research Consortium into access gaps and barriers for scholarly content in the UK. The study is based on an online survey of nearly 2,700 users of journal articles and conference papers in universities and colleges, medical schools and health providers, industry and commerce, and research institutes. The paper will also size the potential market for UK knowledge workers in organisations without subscription access, based on an analysis of the UK Labour Force Survey.

IAN ROWLANDS is Professor of Information Studies at University College London (UCL) and teaches on the MA Publishing programme. A life scientist originally, Ian became interested in the world of libraries and publishing upon graduation, and worked in the database publishing sector for ten years before joining academia in 1993. His research interests focus on journal publishing, information-seeking behaviour and bibliometrics, all of which find outlets through the work of the CIBER Group at UCL.