Researchers use many different tools to organise their workflow and communication, as reflected in the list of 400+ scholarly communication tools. Researchers adopt and discard many of them, depending on personal preferences, availability, ease of use, research needs and changing workflows.

To map this quickly evolving landscape with new tools being developed constantly, our colleagues at Utrecht University Library launched an international survey on 10 May 2015. With this survey – lasting until February 2016 – they want to collect as many data as possible and to analyze how tool usage varies by field, country and position. Anyone carrying out research (from Master’s students to professors), or supporting research (such as librarians, publishers and funders) can participate.

Although preliminary results – based on the first 1000 responses – are published already, they need way more data to arrive at reliable final results, probably deviating substantially from the preliminary ones.

How can I help?

Glad you asked! You can make this a success by taking the graphical survey (8 to 12 minutes). This link is especially created to collect and report anonymized data on our own Maastricht University.

When you want to share the survey with researchers outside Maastricht University, please use this link.

What’s in it for me?

When taking the survey you can opt to receive a characterization of your workflow compared to that of your peer group, and you may even get new insights about your own workflow.

Contact:

For more information please contact: Bianca Kramer (@MsPhelps) or Jeroen Bosman (@jeroenbosman) (both at Utrecht University Library).

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