By Aslam Mehdi LibrarianJN Medical College ,AMU ETBS-2012
Introduction Background of ERMED Hypothesis Objectives of the Study Methodology General Findings/Results Recommendations for future study Conclusion
UGC-Info net : Launched in 2003 covering 200 universities with 2011 journals in health sciences. HELINET : Launched by RGUHS in 2003, 650 journals, Ist e- consortia in India . ERMED :Electronic Resources in Medicine, Started in 2008 by NML. Covered 98 medical college so far, 2400 journals . medIND: Developed by ICMR & NIC in 1986, 40 biomedical journals with back volumes. J-gate : Launched in 2001 by Informatics India , 7739 journals . Hinari : Launched in 2002 by WHO,7000 journals, accessible for low income countries only.
Consortia based subscription of online journals has enhanced the flow of health information in India. Substantial increase in the use of E- journals at the faculty of medicine Library. Shifting paradigm from Print journals to Online journals.
To analyze the Usage patterns of e-journals in a university medical college for identifying the areas for further research and development. To measure the effectiveness of the consortium; ERMED (Electronic Resources in Medicine) launched in 2008 by National Medical Library, Ministry of Health. To make an evidence based study of the actual usage of this consortium.
Focused on usage statistics gathered as a web administrator of the consortium. Statistics gathered from Feb 2010 to Jan 2011. Based on vendor supplied usage statistics from publishers. ‘Only online journals usage data was gathered and analyzed . A database was created with all information of the users and usage for this period. Results were imported into Excel sheet and trends were analysed using simple statistical methods. Actual usage of 1780 health and allied Sciences journals through ERMED consortium was analyzed.
It was found that Online journals were accessed 4 times higher than the print journals (710 online journals while clientele consulted 165 print journals only) Total number hits at ERMED by the 224 faculty & 486 PGs was 20,369 only. Table of Content Page was most the preferred option with 5625 hits. Total number of full texts downloads was 4042 only. Database Search Page was less preferred option which was hit 2726 times only.
Post Graduates/Senior Residents (486) accessed more journals than undergraduates (1050). Only six publishers were found most widely used & searched with above 200 hits. Journals with higher impact factor were accessed widely& downloaded most frequently. It was amazing that out of 1780 journals covered under the consortium; only 44.3% journals were used and 55.7% were unused. Surprisingly facilities like Journal Page list and View & Print option were not used by the scholars at all.
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery: American Editon 4.85 American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs 5.09 Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India 5.17 British Journal of Ophthalmology 5.5 Kidney International 5.58 Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 5.82 Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 6.14 Journal of Glaucoma 6.31 Annals of Surgery 6.55 American Journal of Nephrology 8 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Top 10 Journals (in %)
Indian Journal of Dermatology 27Indian Journal of Otolaryngology & Head Neck Surgery 37 Indian Journal of Medical Research 40 Journal of Anatomical Society of India 28 Indian Journal of Nephrology 58 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Top 5 Indian Journals (in %)
119 15% Medical College 397 Institute of Ophthalmology 51%262 Dental College34%
69 17% 99 25% American Journal of Nephrology Annals of Surgery Annals of Otolaryngology, Rhinology & Laryngology 7218% Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics Kidney International 81 21% 76 19%
28 12% Journal of Glaucoma 76 31 32% British Journal of Ophthalmology13% Archives of Ophthalmology 37 Journal of Paediatrics Ophthalmology &15% Straubismus Ophthalmic Research 68 28%
12 12% 29 Journal of Oral Implantology 28% 17 Implant Dentistry16% British Dental Journal Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology 19 Journal of Conservative Dentisitry 18% 27 26%
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New 5921 Delhi 6025 5% Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi 5% 7653 6% Institute of PG Medical Education & Research, 45932 Pondicherry 7785 35% Government Medical College, Trivandrum 6% National Medical Library9065 7% Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University, Chennai 10293 University College of Medical Sciences, New 8% Delhi Government Medical College, Kozhikode 10655 14778 8% 11% G.S. Medical College, Mumbai 11207 9% All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore
Examine the impact of online journals in all health science libraries covered under ERMED. Analyze which journals have been accessed maximum in all medical libraries in India. Find out the list of journals which have not been accessed at all. Conduct a survey of all the health science libraries in India to gather data regarding the patrons & user’s satisfaction.
Evidence shows that there is a shifting paradigm from print to online even in a developing country like India. Consortium like ERMED has enhanced the flow of health information and facilitated the access of scholarly publications at the campus. Finally it is important to note that the study was limited to a single library only while the Consortium covers 98 medical libraries.