Online journals go from strength to strength

IOE students and staff downloaded online full text journal articles a total of 240,577 times during 2010. This total represents both PDF and HTML onscreen views.

Our  ‘top ten’ most popular online journals in terms of full text downloads, accounted for 31,469 of these views. These titles were –

  1. British Educational Research Journal
  2. International Journal of Educational Development
  3. TESOL Quarterly
  4. British Journal of Sociology of Education
  5. Oxford Review of Education
  6. Comparative Education
  7. Child Development
  8. Teaching and Teacher Education
  9. British Journal of Educational Studies
  10. Journal of Education Policy

In the past compiling an accurate cumulative download figure from the wide range of publisher sites and platforms students and staff can access was tricky. Now thanks to a very useful statistical analysis tool called UStats, included with our recent purchase of a link resolver (see previous post) this onerous task is a lot quicker and easier! We can consolidate and analyse multiple COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) reports at the click of a mouse.

We’re hoping this download total will dramatically increase now that our link resolver is fully operational, enabling seamless linkage to subscribed and free full text articles from a wide range of  online sources. Look out for the FindIt! button on the library catalogue, our major databases such as British Education Index and the Web of Knowledge, publisher sites, EndNote and very soon Google Scholar.

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