In addition to using scholarly journals for active research projects, business faculty rely on materials that share insights and ideas ahead of publication, according to a new study from ProQuest. Business faculty members are using working papers, printed books, pre-prints, conference proceedings, and dissertations to explore,specific research topics. When asked about passive forms of research -- such as staying up-to-date in the field or identifying ideas for further research -- newspapers join books at the top of most-used resources.
With that in mind ProQuest and the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) are increasing access to the organization's working papers through ProQuest's ABI/INFORM business information product as well as ProQuest Central and a variety of niche databases. Working papers will double to more than 100,000 by the close of 2012 and will grow to more than 150,000 over the next three years.
ProQuest's research with business faculty shows that working papers are used 85% of the time when doing active research as part of creating a scholarly work.