Journal Usage Project

In 2016-17, Queen’s University Library participated in a Journal Usage Project conducted by Professor Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Publishing at the Université de Montréal.  The project was coordinated by the Canadian Knowledge Research Network and involved 28 Canadian universities, allowing each to gain institution-specific data and at the same time benefit from aggregated data analysis.

At Queen’s, our goal was to learn more about which journals are important to Queen’s researchers.


The project examined three sets of data relating to 31,137 journals.

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2,930,221 article downloads
by the Queen’s community

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361,614 citations
by Queen’s authors

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6,445 journal mentions
in a Queen’s survey of faculty members, Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows


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15.22% of all available journals account for 80% of Queen’s downloads, references or mentions

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$9,549 is an example of an excessive article download cost, using the adjusted cost per use  (Jabaily, Rodgers, Knowlton, 2015)

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