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Maxime Sainte-Marie

Criminologie just a click away: A usage analysis of the digital journal

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  • Sarah Cameron-Pesant, Univ Montreal, University of Montreal, Consortium Erudit, BRDV CEN R
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  • Maxime Sainte-Marie
  • Yorrick Jansen
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  • Vincent Lariviere, Univ Quebec Montreal, University of Quebec, University of Quebec Montreal, CIRST, OST, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal

At the end of the 1990s, Criminologie switched to a digital format, one of the first scholarly journals in Quebec to make this change. This paper provides a general overview of usage patterns for the journal, based on an analysis of 858,894 downloads extracted from the Erudit platform server logs between 2010 and 2015. In general, readership seems well established, with the majority of users in North America and Europe. The growing importance of the Erudit platform for research as well as the positive effect on research dissemination of the removal of the journal's paywall are noteworthy. We found large differences in the distribution of articles and themed issues, with a small number of articles and themed issues accounting for a substantial part of the total journal downloads. Finally, keyword analysis of the downloaded articles revealed the importance of local concerns as well as native issues.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)111-142
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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