Counting the Ways of Keeping Up With It All

Click for larger version of survey graph (27K) A survey of 314 of our readers provides a picture of their science-reading habits. The majority, 56%, spends more than three hours per week reading primary research articles in print and online, and 10% read more than 10 hours per week. We asked respondents which multidisciplinary journals they read frequently. Naturally, The Scientist came out on top - these are readers of The Scientist after all - with 80% reading or skimming more than half t

Alexander Grimwade
Sep 7, 2003

A survey of 314 of our readers provides a picture of their science-reading habits. The majority, 56%, spends more than three hours per week reading primary research articles in print and online, and 10% read more than 10 hours per week.

We asked respondents which multidisciplinary journals they read frequently. Naturally, The Scientist came out on top - these are readers of The Scientist after all - with 80% reading or skimming more than half the issues. Other widely perused journals were Science (59%), Nature (52%) and New Scientist (27%). Our readers mentioned more than 170 other journals that command their attention. The respondents also keep up with science news in other ways; the chart shows how they get it done.

In their comments, many scientists praised the web for transforming their reading habits and making it easier to locate articles, but...