Proučevanje uporabe elektronskih časopisov: Stičišče informacijske znanosti in sociologije (2. del od 2 delov)

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Studying the information behaviour, to which also user studies belong, represents the most fertile point of contact between information science and sociology, psychology and education science. According to their purpose user studies belong to the information science, according to their methods (questionnaire, interview, focus group) they belong to the named older social sciences. To conduct successful studies about information behaviour, the researcher needs to know: the information problem and technology, the method and techniques of social sciences. The digital space of informational networks has formed new characteristics (dynamism, interactivity, changeability...), and a new structure of information (non-linearity, hyperlinks...). New paradigm of information technology is expanding through all social structures of the information society, including science. Online electronic journals have caused changes in the behavioural pattern of all the participants in the information chain. The differences in speed of how scientists and students perceive, evaluate and use e-journals as innovations, are quite considerable. Most of the scientific population cannot even imagine an effective functioning without electronic journals. Part of the researchers is still tied to traditional journals, though all have sensed a change of scientific communication and publishing paradigm. The area of studying the information behaviour can (dependent on the increase of such studies) transform into an "information sociology" as a special subdiscipline, with its own specific theory and methodology.

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31. 3. 2001
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