The Wilson Quarterly looks at whether or not putting academic journals online is a good idea. Although getting access to academic articles is easier than ever, scholars are concentrating their reading on a less diverse range of articles.
“As journals go online, researchers actually see less of their contents. For every additional year of archives a journal makes electronically available at no charge, the number of distinct articles cited in other journals falls by 14 percent on average.” On the other hand, “articles that are available for free are read much more frequently than those requiring a subscription.”
- “Virtually Invisible” Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 2008, pp. 76.