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In all of the above stories there is some kind of dif-

fusive or thermal motion. Molecules move down

their concentration gradient, or molecules change

from a high energy to a lower energy state. Yet in

all of these stories this motion is exploited, either

by extracting information from the rate of move-

ment about size or location or by harnessing the

energy to do physical work, transmitting a signal,

or building a structure. I find it incredibly fascinat-

ing to see the myriad of ways that living organisms

are able to exploit this basic fact of physics.

Publishers Forum

Discovering Journal Articles:

How Do You Do It?

Online searching is still the most commonly

used method to discover journal articles; how-

ever for the first time in the past 10 years, the

academic community uses Google Scholar more

than Google to find those articles, according to a

recent large-scale survey (n=40,439) of readers of

scholarly publications and their behavior in the

discovery of journal articles. The recent 2016 find-

ings update previous surveys done in 2005, 2008,

and 2012 (Gerdner T. and S. Inger. 2016. How

readers discover content in scholarly publications.

Renew Training, Abingdon, United Kingdom).

Although abstracting and indexing services (Sco-

pus, PubMed, Web of Science) have shown some

decline in importance over the last 10 years, they

still rank as the most important starting point for

those looking for journal articles. While use of

social media as a route to journal article discov-

ery is still less important than other routes, it has

gained popularity in several fields including the life

sciences, physics, and chemistry.

When looking at the academic sector in life sci-

ences, all publisher websites, journal alerts, journal

homepages, and society websites have gained use

since the 2012 survey. The most sought-after fea-

tures of a journal website have changed with time

and related articles was the most popular feature of

a publisher’s website in 2015, overtaking search-

ing and table of contents alerts, which had been by

far the more popular features in 2005 and 2008.

Reference linking, the ability to download images,

and related articles have all become more popular

features since the last survey in 2012.

As for article delivery, in the academic sector

about 60% of all journal articles read are accessed

from a free resource. In low-income countries the

percentage is higher. Laptops are still the most

commonly used way to access journal articles; use

of desktop computers has declined slightly and use

of mobile devices are on the rise in low income

countries more than in high income countries.

Read the entire survey report at

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