Growth in Data and Questions on Quality are Increasing Researcher Workload, Finds New Study From Elsevier and Sense About Science

« Data proliferation and a lack of confidence in the multitude of research outputs is adding to researcher workload and is likely to impact public confidence in science, according to a survey of the global research community on trust in research – one of the largest surveys known to date.
The Trust in Research report by Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health, in partnership with Sense about Science, surveyed over 3,000 researchers in May and a separate earlier study in March 2019 captured 1,500 responses.
Researchers now spend almost as much time searching for articles as actually reading them. On average, researchers spend just over four hours searching for research articles a week and more than five hours reading them. The picture is worsening over time: between 2011 and 2019, researchers read 10 percent fewer articles, but spent 11 percent more time finding articles. (…) »