Do download reports reliably measure journal usage? Trusting the fox to count your hens?

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Download rates of academic journals have joined citation counts as commonly used indicators of the value of journal subscriptions. While citations reflect worldwide influence, Douglas G. Steigerwald discusses whether the value of a journal subscription to a single library is more reliably measured by the rate at which it is downloaded by local users. Image courtesy of Douglas G. Steigerwald

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