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Scientific Publishing by Eberhard Hilf, Peter Geurts, Kasia Zalewska-Kurek, Hans Roosendaal

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Acquisition of scientific information

That business models for scientific publishing should serve researchers in the acquisition of scientific information also means that these models should take into account that such acquisition is considerably determined by the strategic positioning of researchers and the competition they are facing.

Scientific information has to be relevant, available, up to date and retrievable. It is recognised in the study of Tenopir and King (2000) that researchers spend among other activities on average 100–150 hours per year (depending on the scientific domain) on acquiring the information required for their research. This is a sizeable fraction (5–10 per cent) of the working year. Moreover, research is always done ...

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