The effect of motivation on publication productivity of UK LIS academics

Serena Ellerslie, Charles Oppenheim


Investigates if a relationship exists between motivation and publication productivity of UK academic Information Scientists. A motivational questionnaire survey was performed, and citation analyses undertaken to determine the publication and citation count of the 45 respondents. Demonstrates significant differences in motivational levels and publication counts by age, gender, caring responsibilities and hours spent on research. Concludes that those likely to produce more publications were older males without responsibilities who did 6-15 hours research per week. Discusses the significance of the findings to employers and suggests areas for further research.


Information Science, Academics, Motivation; Scholarly publications, Citations

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