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Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge

What is not available online is not worth reading?

Author(s): Hamid R. Jamali

Journal: Webology
ISSN 1735-188X

Volume: 5;
Issue: 4;
Start page: a63;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Online access: Open access | Accessibility

This short article discusses an emerging trend in the information-seeking behaviour of scientists, i.e. mere reliance on online information. Based on a study of physicists and astronomers, this article shows that more scientists now assume that if articles are of enough quality and significance, they must be available online and vice versa. Though still in a low minority, a number of scientists believe that what is not available online is not worth the effort to obtain it.