[Taxacom] Finding articles
fwelter at gwdg.de
Fri Dec 16 09:29:58 CST 2011
I also thought that less was online, this is why I counted them, the
80 % result surprised me too. It was more than I expected. Perhaps it
is because you always spend more time with the 20 % you do not get.
And then you get the subjective feeling it is more.
It is also possible that the list was biased towards digitised
literature (I might have cited less papers of those I had not seen),
but I do not really believe that this effect would account for a
difference of more than 5 %. I had to cite all original descriptions
of a predetermined number of 2200 species, and these did not ask
whether their original sources were online or not.
This was a general European fauna. If you try to do the same with
1000 papers on Italian fauna it will be less. If you do it with North
American fauna, I would expect more than 80 %.
BHL librarians asked me recently to tell them which ones were
the serial runs with gaps. But my feeling of the current situation
is that almost all serial runs have gaps, at least 80 %, and that BHL
librarians could just look for the gaps themselves, it would not be
difficult to find them. The Science example is typical, by no way an
University of Goettingen, Germany
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