Published: 27 October 2015
Relationships between consumption, publication and impact in French universities in a value perspective: a bibliometric analysis
Chérifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri​, Pascal Bador
, […]Hélène Prost 
Scientometrics  106, 263–280 (2016)Cite this article
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The study aims to investigate the relationships between consumption of e-journals distributed by Elsevier ScienceDirect platform, publication (articles) and impact (citations) in a sample of 13 French universities, from 2003 to 2009. It adopts a value perspective as it questions whether or not publication activity and impact are some kind of return led by consumption. A bibliometric approach was used to explore the relations between these three variables. The analysis developed indicators inspired by the mathematical h-Index technique. Results show that the relation between consumption, publication and citations depends on the discipline’s profile, the intensity of research and the size of each institution. Moreover, although relations have been observed between the three variables, it is not possible to determine which variable comes first to explain the phenomena. The study concludes by showing strong correlations, which nevertheless do not lead to clear causal relations. The article provide practical implication for academic library managers who want to show the added value of their electronic e-journals collections can replicate the study approach. Also for policy makers who want to take into account e-journals usage as an informative tool to predict the importance of publication activity.
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1.Consortium Unifié des Etablissements Universitaires et de Recherche pour l’Accès aux Publications Numériques (University and Research Institutions’ Unified Consortium for Access to Digital Publications): http://www.couperin.org​.
2.http://scoms.hypotheses.org/293​.
3.https://www.scopus.com​.
4.http://thomsonreuters.com/thomson-reuters-web-of-science/​.
5.Example of the Lyon 1 equation: ((AF-ID(“Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1” 60023578) OR AF-ID(“Universite de Lyon 1 Faculte de Medecine Alexis Carrel” 60029483))) OR ((AFFIL(«lyon AND 1») OR AFFIL(«lyon1») OR AFFIL(«lyon AND i») OR AFFIL(«lyoni») OR AFFIL(ucbl)) OR ((AFFIL(ucb) OR AFFIL(«claude AND bernard»)) AND AFFIL(lyon))) AND (LIMIT-TO(PUBYEAR, 2007)).
6.http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000824315​.
7.http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com​.
8.Qualified by the French acronym UMR (Mixed Research Unit), are places where research from the university and research from organisations like CNRS are associated.
9.http://mesure.couperin.org​.
10.http://jusp.mimas.ac.uk​.
11.http://epef.anr.free.fr/journee-etude/pdf/epef-rouveyrol.pdf​.
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Thanks to Carol Tenopir, Dave Nicholas and Ian Rowlands for their constructive remarks during the ROI ELICO seminary (​http://roi-couperin.sciencesconf.org/​). The French National consortium Couperin provided financial support for a national seminary held in Lyon (Idem.), February 21st 2014, during which the ROI Elico study results were communicated for the first time. Elsevier provided financial support and full access Scopus throughout the ROI ELICO Study.
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Chérifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Pascal Bador & Thierry Lafouge
Université Lyon 1, équipe ELICO, 43 Bd. du 11 novembre 1918, 69622, Villeurbanne, France
Chérifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Pascal Bador & Thierry Lafouge
INIST – CNRS, 2, allée du Parc de Brabois, CS 10310, 54519, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France
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Originality: The study is the first French contribution to e-journal value studies. Its originality consists in developing a value viewpoint that relies on a bibliometric approach.
This study is taken from the first French research project named ROI ELICO conducted by Chérifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri. The main study’s objective was to ascertain any evidence of a relationship between digital scholarly journals and research outcomes using a ROI perspective.
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Boukacem-Zeghmouri, C., Bador, P., Lafouge, T. et al. Relationships between consumption, publication and impact in French universities in a value perspective: a bibliometric analysis. Scientometrics 106, 263–280 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-015-1779-z
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