Survey on researchers' motivations for publication

Added by Sarah on 07 April 2009 17:20

We are asking researchers to complete a short questionnaire about publication, dissemination and citation practice.

Loughborough University Department of Information Science, LISU and the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM) at Manchester Metropolitan University have been commissioned by the Research Information Network to undertake a study on the publication, dissemination and citation behaviour of research active staff in UK higher education and the influence of research assessment.

The broad aim of the study is to investigate:

  • the motivations, incentives and constraints that lead researchers in the UK in different subjects and disciplines to publish and disseminate their work in different ways
  • how and why researchers cite other researchers’ work, and
  • how researchers’ decisions on publication and citation are influenced (or not) by considerations arising from research assessment. 

The study will seek to establish an independent and authoritative base of evidence as to how research assessment influences researchers’ behaviour in these areas. For more information see the project page.

These issues are of particular importance in the context of using bibliometrics as part of the research assessment process. The study will also form the baseline for future studies to be carried out at appropriate intervals.

Fill in the survey at As a thank you, completed entries will be entered into a prize draw to win ?100 of Amazon vouchers.

The closing date for response is 6 May 2009.

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