Revisiting 'obsolescence' and journal article 'decay' through usage data: an analysis of digital journal use by year of publication

David Nicholas, Paul Huntington, Tom Dobrowolski, Ian Rowlands, Hamid Mahmuei, Panayiota Polydoratou

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Abstract

The obsolescence and decay of data are analyzed using data from digital journal use by year of publication. The decay is largely measured in absence of accurate journal usage/borrowing data, by citations. Citation studes reveal 'use' by authors where library loans or downloads represent actual use by reader. It is found that the decay rate is highest in science due to rapid obsolescence of scientific content.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1441-1461
Number of pages21
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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