Access Patterns of Electronic Articles: The Case Study of Scientometrics

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Most leading publishers provide access to articles released online ahead of print publication; however, the relationship between print publication and electronic access has seldom been examined. This study investigated the effects of online release on readership by examining the weekly accesses to 75 articles released online between December 2019 and March 2020 in Scientometrics, a hybrid journal. The results revealed that the electronic access increased rapidly following the articles’ online release, but declined immediately, and increased again after the print publication. Publishing articles in two formats not only enables speedy distribution of research, but also increases the electronic access to journals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-307
Number of pages13
JournalPublishing Research Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


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