Informing Evidence Based Decisions: Usage Statistics for Online Journal Databases

Botchkarev, Alexei Informing Evidence Based Decisions: Usage Statistics for Online Journal Databases., 2016 [Preprint]

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Objectives - The primary objective was to examine the 2009-2013 usage statistics of the Journal Access Centre (JAC) that is housed and powered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) in the context of the evidence based decision making. In addition, the study highlights implementation of JAC and assesses availability and usage of high-quality research evidence to inform health systems’ policy making. Design - Prospective case study. Setting – A Canadian provincial ministry of health. Methods - Descriptive analysis of the JAC usage statistics of journal articles from January 2009 to September 2013. Main Results - MOHLTC’s broad area of responsibilities with dynamically changing priorities translates into diverse information needs of its employees: a total of 4,759 journal titles were accessed including 1,675 journals with full-text. Usage statistics indicates that MOHLTC information needs cannot be mapped to a reasonably compact set of “core” journals with a subsequent subscription to those. Conclusion - JAC usage statistics for 2011 – 2012 calendar years provide evidence of high demand (sessions, searches) for the journals included in the JAC databases and intensive consumption of its content creating a significant value (full-text articles) for the MOHLTC staff. JAC usage statistics for the period 2009-2013 demonstrate availability and usage of high-quality research to inform health systems’ decision making. The current paper contributes to the understanding of the information needs and patterns of use of online academic journals within the framework of health system evidence based policy making.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: evidence based decision making; health care; information science; library science; knowledge transfer; research evidence; online journals; journal databases; usage statistics
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BA. Use and impact of information.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BH. Information needs and information requirements analysis.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HN. e-journals.
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: Alexei Botchkarev
Date deposited: 11 Jul 2016 16:27
Last modified: 11 Jul 2016 16:27
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/29636

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