Investigating the Information Preferences of University Researchers in the Philippines: Sketching the Collection Profile of the Future


This study found out that compared to its neighboring Southeast Asian countries, Philippines ranked only 5th in university research outputs with Scopus presence. Scopus data from October 2013 to September 2014 revealed that Singapore, which topped the region in the number of accepted articles, was able to come up with 9,039 submitted articles from its faculty researchers, compared to the Philippines, which was only able to come up with 396 articles from its own university researchers. This is despite the fact that research outputs from the Philippines came from over 36 academic institutions compared to Singapore’s 16 universities/colleges. Being the primary sources of information that provide framework in every academician’s research output, academic libraries in the country were threatened by the said data. With the main objective of helping university researchers increase their research outputs, this study evaluated the citations and referencing behavior of university researchers in the Philippines by extracting data from Scopus and using citation analysis in analyzing extracted data. The results came up with a profile of an ideal library collection, wherein the characteristics include (1) further developed digital collection by means of increase in quantity; (2) Higher quality of serials by means of subscribing to journals with higher impact factor; and, (3) catering to articles that are products of collaborative researches. Furthermore, this study recommended for a tighter relationship of reciprocity with other academic libraries.

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Willian Frias, De La Salle University, Philippines

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Librarianship - Library research and development

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