Information overload is not a new problem
, but technological and cultural change have created new challenges even while resolving others.
This paper draws on a survey of early-career researchers to examine their approach to academic literature, such as how and why they read it, how much time they dedicate to it, what informs their reading choices, and how they assess quality.
- 81% of early-career scholars and researchers say that “they feel they should read more of the literature than they have time to do”
- 25% suggest “they would need to read for more than 24 working hours a week to keep up”
- technology-oriented solutions such as social bookmarking and search engines were less influential in selecting reading material than recommendations from colleagues and peers, reference lists in other material, and the journal brand.
- Scientists feel strongly that factors and rankings relating to impact and quality should be established at the level of the article, or attached to the author, rather than the journal.
Rapple, Charlie. The Role of the Critical Review Article in Alleviating INFORMATION OVERLOAD. Annual Reviews, White paper, March 2011. 16 p.