7 November 2018
The use of newspapers in academic research is growing, according to a recent study commissioned by ProQuest and conducted by Eric Meyer, Dean of the School of Information at University of Texas at Austin.
Meyer’s study, 'The Scholarly Impacts of Newspapers', examines the frequency of newspaper citations in scholarly journal articles. Meyer tracked how often four globally recognised titles – The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Guardian – were cited in academic journals between 2000 and 2017.
The study revealed several trends, including:
- the use of newspapers in research is climbing
- newspapers are most often cited in social sciences, health and medicine, business and the hard sciences
- newspapers are used in research globally
- each newspaper title shows distinctive patterns across disciplines