B – Gap in access to scholarly content

Research Information Network (RIN), Publishing Research Consortium (PRC), Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Access to scholarly content: gaps and barriers. December 2011

This report investigates and quantifies the extent to which members of different communities in the UK can gain ready access to formally-published scholarly literature, in particular journal articles and conference proceedings. The findings are based on an online survey of researchers and knowledge workers from UK universities and colleges, medical schools and health providers, industry and commerce, and research institutes. This study provides hard factual evidence on the size and significance of gaps and barriers to accessing scholarly information.