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Re: Control of concurrent users

I would suppose that at least 3/4 of the users of any journal get there
from sources other than through the library's Web Page. I can't think of
_any_ time that I have accessed a journal through an institutional library
web page (unless the librarian was demonstrating the system). My access is
all done by links from a search of an abstract database, or from a
reference in another paper, or by just going to the journal's home page of
emailed Table of Contents.

I think librarians must get a skewed view of what people use
electronically, because they only "see" a small percentage of the users of
their subscriptions. Incidentally, this is a strong argument for the use
of "splash screens" which let the user know that the subscription is made
available because their library has subscribed on their behalf.

Peter B. Boyce    -   Senior Consultant for Electronic Publishing, AAS
email: pboyce@aas.org
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At 04:34 PM 3/27/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Don, don't many of your users access the journal without going through
>your web page-- by using links from other journals or from databases like
>Pubmed and Inspec, or by going directly to the publisher's site?
>David Goodman
>Biology Librarian, and
>Co-Chair, Electronic Journals Task Force
>Princeton University Library
>dgoodman@princeton.edu         http://www.princeton.edu/~biolib/
>phone: 609-258-3235            fax: 609-258-2627