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Analyzing readers behavior in downloading articles from IEEE digital library: a study of two selected journals in the field of education


In this study, we investigate the downloads behavior of readers for two well-known IEEE journals in the field of education, i.e., IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT) and IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE). In our analysis, we found that articles in both journals are not downloaded rapidly in earlier months. The majority of articles reach to 50 and 80% of their first 12 months downloads’ total in later months. Using linear regression analysis, we discovered that the cumulative first 12  months downloads of articles cannot be predicted by earlier months downloads. However, it can be predicted more accurately by using cumulative downloads count of later months. Moreover, we found that average downloads of articles in both journals increases rapidly as soon as they are assigned to an issue. In case of TLT which follows a delayed open access policy, we observed that average downloads after open access increases marginally for 2 months, and then it declines and continues to progress more or less in a consistent manner for 2 years. While in ToE which does not follow such policy, the average downloads decreases persistently.

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Correspondence to Muhammad Salman Khan.

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Muhammad Younas completed this work during his studies at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

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Khan, M.S., Younas, M. Analyzing readers behavior in downloading articles from IEEE digital library: a study of two selected journals in the field of education. Scientometrics 110, 1523–1537 (2017).

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