National Journal Usage survey

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

On January 17th, we will launch a journal usage survey to all faculty (pending approval of our ethics application). The survey is being coordinated by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), our national consortium through which Canadian universities acquire the majority of academic journal subscriptions. The survey, which asks you to identify the journals you deem to be essential to your research and teaching activities, contains five questions and should take less than fifteen minutes to complete.

We are very aware that this is the second survey on this topic that we have sent you this year.  The earlier survey was carried out locally, in the context of our collection cost reduction strategy and the importance of receiving community input before making any cancellation decisions.  This survey is a national initiative, involving 28 universities across Canada.  The extension of the research on a national scale will afford the opportunity to understand our results in a broader context.  It will also offer insight into usage and citations and will provide us with detailed information about journals that are identified as important for teaching and research.

For further information we invite you to visit the CRKN web page which provides more information about this project.  Please note that your participation will remain anonymous at all times.  If you have concerns or questions, please email

Thank you for your continued collaboration and support.

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