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Communicating knowledge: how and why researchers publish and disseminate their findings

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An important study has been published by the RIN.

The report examines the motivations, incentives and constraints that lead UK researchers in different subjects and disciplines to publish and disseminate their work in different ways. It explores how and why they cite other researchers’ work, as well as how their decisions on publication and citation are influenced by past and anticipated research assessment.

Only 12 % of UK researchers consider as “very important” or “quite important” to communicate on Blog or web forums!

The survey shows that over 60% of researchers believe that open access repositories are either ‘not important’ or ‘not applicable’ to the dissemination of their research. This may reflect researchers’ concerns about the little influence of this new way to disseminate Science

Traditional channels (Peer reviewed journals and Conference communciations) are still the preferred choice (respectively 99.9% and 86 % “very important” or “quite important”).

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Written by hbasset

October 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm

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