The research activities of Wageningen University and Research (or Wageningen UR) are concentrated around food and food production, living environment and health, lifestyle and livelihood. To facilitate the scientific information need of the various research groups of Wageningen UR, the library strives to provide a balanced collection of relevant journals. For such a balanced collection appropriate collection management is a must. For information on journal usage per research group, the library has developed an alternative analysis based upon information from article references. On a yearly basis an inventory is made of the journals from which articles are listed in the references of the articles published by the research group in the three previous years. For each of the inventoried journals it is counted how many times it is included in the references of the published articles. The published articles are collected from the institutional repository of Wageningen UR which contains updated affiliation information of the authors of the articles. Also, the institutional repository contains, for each published article, a link to its corresponding Web of Science record for collecting information of the articles references. The use of the institutional repository, in combination with Web of Science, as input for this alternative analysis enables customized evidence based measurements of journal usage by particular research groups. Customized lists of used journals can be used by researchers to select journals that are relevant for their research. The library uses these lists in order to check the relevancy of journal collections per research field. Customized lists of journals, that are used per research group, also make it possible to calculate a matrix which represents similarity in the usage of journals by various research groups. Via clustering analysis and mapping (with VOSviewer) this similarity in journal usage by research groups can be visualized over time.
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