Are Electronic Journals Good for Science?
Most of us accept the notion that e-journals, through library subscriptions or open access, are good for science. They save readers time in tracking down articles and help them identify relevant materials from a wide range of journal titles. However, the academic world was buzzing this summer over a study by University of Chicago sociologist James Evans that challenged this notion. Indeed, a variety of research points to a growing dichotomy in the use of scientific articles. While e-journals may give scientists access to more research than ever before, this is not translating into more citations.
Carol Tenopir. "Are Electronic Journals Good for Science?" Library Journal 133 (November 1, 2008).