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Big Journal Literature, Big Usage

Concurrent 2A: Big Journal Literature, Big Usage

Every year, more and more is being published in STEM. Even keeping up with, and taking in, the most relevant journal literature is fast becoming impossible. The need is emerging for knowledge overviews and trend analyses of large volumes of journal articles, in order to use existing knowledge efficiently and not, as is increasingly the inescapable case, haphazardly. The technological possibilities to analyze large numbers of articles (think hundreds of thousands, even millions) combined with data are making good progress to find and make the connections explicit of embedded knowledge. However, formidable practical hurdles exist, primarily to do with the scattered nature of the scientific journal literature. Potential solutions will be addressed, and ways to speed up the evolutionary path to comprehensive knowledge overviews that help researchers get their jobs done.