University of New South Wales - Sydney, Australia

Journal Use & Reading Patterns - Staff Survey


1. In the last 4 weeks, approximately how many scholarly articles have you read? Articles can include those found in journal issues, Web sites, or separate copies such as preprints, reprints, and other electronic or paper copies. Reading is defined as going beyond the table of contents, title, and abstract to the body of the article.

Number of articles read in the past 4 weeks: articles.

The following questions in this section refer to the SCHOLARLY ARTICLE YOU READ MOST RECENTLY, even if you had read the article previously. Note that this last reading may not be typical, but will help us establish the range of patterns in reading.

2. What is the title of the journal from which this last article was read or, if not from a journal, what is the topic of the article?

Journal Title:
General topic of article:

3. If this article was (or will be) published in a specific journal, approximately how many articles did you read from this journal in the last 12 months?

Articles read:                     Not published in a journal                    Don't know

4. Approximately what year was this article published/posted?

5. Please indicate your best estimate of the time in minutes that you spent reading this article most recently.

6. Had you previously read this article, i.e. is this a re-reading?

7. Prior to your first reading of this article, did you know about the information reported or discussed in this article?

8. If yes, how did you first find out about the information?
1. conference/workshop
2. informal discussions with colleagues
3. listserv or news group
4. journal article
5. email from colleague
6. eprint server (for example,
7. web site of author
8. Other (please specify)

9. How did you initially find out about this last article you read? (Choose only the one best answer.)
1. Browsing a personal print subscription
2. Browsing a personal electronic subscription
3. Browsing a library print subscription
4. Browsing a library electronic subscription accessed through Sirius
            (available to UNSW users only)
5. Browsing a library electronic subscription accessed through the
            Library Resources Database (available to UNSW users only)
6. Browsing a print subscription copy in a school, department, unit, etc. collection
7. Browsing other electronic collection (please specify)

8. Searching an indexing/abstracting database
           (e.g., Web of Science, Medline, ERIC, Compendex)
9.Searching Web search engine
            (e.g., Google, Yahoo, AltaVista, Excite)
10. Searching Online journal collections
            (e.g., HighWire, ScienceDirect)
11. Searching the multiple database search facility on
            Sirius (available to UNSW users only)
12. Searching electronic Current awareness service
            (e.g., Current Contents)
13. Sent to me as a part of an alerting service
14. Received from a listserv or news group
15. Cited in another publication
16. Another person (e.g., a colleague) told me about it
17. Donít know or other (please specify)

10. In what form was the article when last read? (Choose only the one best answer.)
1. Print copy (e.g., offset print like in a journal)
2. Photocopy
3. Facsimile copy
4. Online computer screen (e.g., HTML version)
5. Previously downloaded/saved and read, on computer screen
6. Downloaded and printed (e.g., printed PDF)
7. Other (please specify)

11.Where were you when you read this article?
1. In my office or lab
2. University library
3. At home
4. Travelling
5. Other (please specify)


12. For what purposes have you used, or do you plan to use, the information obtained from the article you last read?

a. Principal Purpose (choose only one):
1. Research
2. Teaching
3. Administration
4. Current awareness/keeping up
5. Writing proposals, reports, articles, etc.
6. Consulting, advising others
7. Presentations
8. Other (please specify):

b. Secondary Purpose(s)--If you read the article for more than one purpose, what were your secondary purposes for reading it? (Choose all that apply.)
1. Research
2. Teaching
3. Administration
4. Current awareness/keeping up
5. Writing proposals, reports, articles, etc.
6. Consulting, advising others
7. Presentations
8. Other (please specify):

13. In what ways did the reading of the article affect the principal purpose? (Choose all that apply.)
1. It improved the result
2. It narrowed/ broadened/ changed the focus
3. It inspired new thinking/ideas
4. It resulted in collaboration/joint research
5. It resulted in faster completion
6. It resolved technical problems
7. It saved time or other resources
8. It wasn't helpful; it wasted my time
9. Other (please specify):

14. How important is the information contained in this article to achieving your principal purpose?
1. Not at all important
2. Somewhat important
3. Absolutely essential


15. What percentage of your work time do you spend doing the following? (The total should equal 100%)
1. Research and writing
2. Teaching
3. Administrative
4. Service (to school, faculty, university and wider community)
5. Consulting/advising
6. Other (please specify)

16a. Please indicate your school or your professional field (e.g., marketing, history, law, civil and environmental engineering, etc.):

16b. on which campus are you located

17. Please specify your rank:
1. Professor
2. Associate Professor
3. Senior Lecturer
4. Lecturer
5. Associate Lecturer
6. Teaching Assistant, Tutor or Fellow
7. Research Assistant or Research Fellow
8. Other (please specify)

18. Please indicate your highest degree attained:      Year received

19. What is your age?

20. Gender:

21. In the past two years, how many:
a. Articles in refereed scholarly journals have you published?  articles
b. Non-refereed articles have you published?                           articles
c. Chapters in books, proceedings, etc. have you published?  chapters
d. Entire books have you published?                                        books

e. Other (please specify)

22. For the last refereed scholarly article that you published:
a. How many co-authors did you have, if any?

b. How was the research that produced the article funded? Check all that apply.
1. Government grant
2. Foundation grant
3. Industry grant or contract
4. University-provided grant
5. As part of my role at University (not specifically funded)
6. Other (please specify)

23. In the past two years, have you received any awards or special recognition for your research or other profession-related contributions?

24. How many personal subscriptions to professional journals do you receive, including those obtained as a member of a professional society? (Personal subscriptions are those which are personally addressed to you at your home, office, or lab.)
a. Subscriptions paid myself:                                                                    
b. Free subscriptions                                                                                
c. Subscriptions purchased by grant or other source for personal use    
d. Subscriptions purchased by grant or other source for shared use       

e.How many of these are electronic subscriptions?                                  

25. Additional comments on your use of scholarly articles and how that has changed in the last few years

Thank you!

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