Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced the publication of its annual study on the challenges that academic researchers face, the priorities of research office leaders, and key opportunities for research offices and libraries to support scholarship at institutions of higher education.
The study was commissioned by Ex Libris and conducted by Alterline, an independent research agency. The report presents findings from a survey of 314 researchers across a range of disciplines and 101 senior members of research offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
According to the study funding remains a top priority; the assessment of research impact via citation-based metrics is popular and used by 90 percent of researchers and 63 percent of research office staff; improving the university’s ranking and prestige is the second highest priority for the research office, after obtaining funding; researchers are mostly positive about the support provided by their research office and library, senior members of research offices want to strengthen relationships with the library; researchers’ support for open access is growing; and the administrative burden on researchers is still a major challenge. According to 21% of researchers participating in the study, more than half their time is dedicated to administrative research tasks.
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