Ithaka S+R, Jisc, RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012 (ICPSR 34807)

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Ross Housewright, Ithaka S+R; Kate Wulfson, Ithaka S+R; Roger C. Schonfeld, Ithaka S+R


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The Ithaka S+R, Jisc, RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012 examined the attitudes and behaviors of academics at higher education institutions across the United Kingdom. Respondents were asked about resource discovery and current awareness, library collections and content access, the print to electronic format transition, academic research methods and practices, undergraduate instruction, publishing and research dissemination, the role and value of the academic library, and the role of learned society. Demographic variables include age, gender, academic field, number of years of employment at the respondent's current college or university, and number of years working in the respondent's current field.

Housewright, Ross, Wulfson, Kate, and Schonfeld, Roger C. Ithaka S+R, Jisc, RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-05-08.

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2012-11-26 -- 2013-01-23
2012-11-26 -- 2013-01-23
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This study was intended to provide the education sector, including universities, learned societies, scholarly publishers, and academic libraries with timely findings and analysis to help them plan for the future.

The population for this survey was academic staff at UK higher education institutions. To create the sample, investigators used a database of UK academics' contact information maintained by A-mail Academic, a UK-based marketing names list vendor. They inspected the A-mail Academic database and determined that it contained a large sub-set of UK higher education academic staff that seemed broadly representative of the overall national population. Within the total population of academics for whom A-mail could provide email contact information, the survey included all of those who were (1) academic staff, defined as those listed within the A-mail database with the rank of "Head of Department/Faculty," "Professor," "Lecturer," "Associate Professor," "Director," "Researcher," and "Reader"; and (2) the UK higher education (HE) sector, defined as the HE institutions funded by HEFCE, HEFCW, SFC, as well as Queen's University Belfast and University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. All individuals falling into the established population criteria at a 100 percent rate were sampled, for a sample size of 45,809.


Academic staff at UK higher education institutions.

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The response rate for this survey was 7.9 percent


2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Housewright, Ross, Kate Wulfson, and Roger C. Schonfeld. Ithaka S+R, Jisc, RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012. ICPSR34807-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-05-08.

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