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Volume 18, Issue 4 April 2001
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ingenta institute to Publish Subscription vs. Document Delivery Findings

ingenta institute, with the active collaboration and support of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), has announced that it will publish a comprehensive research project covering the relationship between journal subscriptions and document delivery as well as the impact of online delivery on article distribution.

The findings are to be published in three phases, with the first phase (to be completed next month) concentrating on subscription vs. document delivery. The second phase will focus on the "study of end-user needs and behavior in terms of electronic article delivery." The final phase will deliver a comprehensive report and summary of the research findings.

The yearlong research project will form the basis of two invitation-only seminars, to be held in London and Boston this fall. A report of the findings will be available to all interested parties late this year.

"The whole area of subscriptions, document delivery, interlibrary loan, and consortia deals has become highly confusing and complex," said Anthony Pearce, chair of the ingenta institute. "There are no recent studies that bring all the issues together in an independent and impartial way, as the ingenta institute does."

According to the announcement, the ingenta institute conducts its research from its Oxford base and is funded by ingenta. Last year, the institute focused on distance learning and held a seminar entitled "The School For Life: The Electronic Future of Higher Education and Life-Long Learning."

The ingenta institute is an independent, nonprofit research institute that studies issues affecting the scholarly information process. The institute (http://www.ingenta.com/home/fs_ingentainstitute.htm) was founded in 1999 and is funded by, but wholly independent of, ingenta. 

Source: ingenta, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 617/395-4000; http://www.ingenta.com

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