Entering the Journals Hall of Fame


I’ve spoken before about just what a useful tool the Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) is, and round about this time last year, I tried to establish what the top 20 most downloaded titles is. I did get a list – and remember that JUSP doesn’t give us usage for all of our electronic journals, and no print either – but it was not quite an exact science. Still, it did give a useful insight into what our users are finding crucial to their research.

Earlier this morning, I was looking at JUSP to get some usage statistics for an area of journal usage I wouldn’t normally go looking for, and came across a feature on JUSP I hadn’t spotted before. Now, if you’re an electronic resources librarian, this is quite exciting (I know, I know…). What was the feature I hear you yell? It’s a report I can run to establish what our top downloaded titles are across a very good proportion of our electronic journals collection. As we’re pretty much at the end of term now, I couldn’t resist running this report from January 2014 to date, so here, for all to see, our the top 20 most downloaded titles for the University of Bolton as included in JUSP:

20. Journal of Cleaner Production

19. Nurse Education Today

18. Journal of Strategic Marketing

17. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management

16. Polymer Degradation and Stability

15. Computers in Human Behavior

14. Journal of Advanced Nursing

13. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services

12. Journal of Marketing Management

11. International Business Review

And the Top 10:

10. Expert Systems with Applications

9. Journal of Product and Brand Management

8. Personality and Individual Differences

7. European Journal of Marketing

6. Journal of World Business

5. Marketing and Intelligence Planning

4. Industrial Marketing Management

3. International Journal of Project Management

2. Plant and Cell Physiology

1. Journal of Business Research

What do you reckon? Anything surprise you? There are few here that do have me raising an eyebrow, and it’s very interesting to note that quite a few from our top 20 of last year appear in this list too. There are also quite a few ‘new entrants’ from which we could draw any one of a number of conclusions: have there been a series of more relevant articles published this year? Has there been a change in what is being taught? Are there new research strands emerging? Whatever our top 20 might reveal, it’s clear that our electronic collections are vital to research here, and we aim to do everything we can to ensure that our collections retain their relevance, and continue to develop.



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