Survey On Scholarly Communication Tools

Do researchers use Google Drive instead of Word? Papers instead of Endnote? Google Scholar instead of Scopus? Megajournals instead of topical journals? ResearchGate instead of repositories?

Text by Bianca Kramer from Utrecht University Library.


CC-BY Bianca Kramer & Jeroen Bosman, Utrecht University Library

At Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands, we are engaged in an ongoing effort to chart the evolving landscape of scholarly communication. New tools are constantly being developed, as reflected in our list of 400+ scholarly communication tools. Researchers vote with their feet on these changes by adopting or rejecting new modes of working. With an international survey, we intend to investigate how tool usage varies by field, country and position. The survey will run until February 2016.

Anyone carrying out research (from Master’s students to professors), or supporting research (such as librarians, publishers and funders) can participate. If you have not yet done so, we invite you to take this graphical survey:


CC-BY Bianca Kramer & Jeroen Bosman, Utrecht University Library

People tell us it is easy and fun to fill it out by just clicking the tools you use. It takes 8-12 minutes to complete and you can opt to receive a visual characterization of your workflow compared to that of your peer group.

We will post preliminary results here: On this site, you can also find background information on the survey. Eventually we will share all our (thoroughly anonymized) data.

If you want to help make this survey a success, please consider passing it along to other researchers, and feel free to share the link through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc.

The more responses we get, the more valuable the results will be for the research community as a whole!

Text by Bianca Kramer from Utrecht University Library.


Bianca Kramer (Utrecht University Library)

Twitter @MsPhelps


Jeroen Bosman (Utrecht University Library)

Twitter @jeroenbosman


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