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TIDEE Survey 2014-15

 

TIDEE (TERI Information Digest on Energy and Environment) is a flagship journal of TERI ENVIS Centre on Renewable Energy and Environment. This is an abstracting journal published quarterly since 2002. Since most of the Indian S&T periodicals are still not available online, their accessibility to users are limited. To keep its readers updated, TERI ENVIS Centre regularly scan, edit and publish abstracts of current research in energy, environment, sustainable development areas from over 600 journals, newsletters, newspapers, web sites and online databases. Each issue of TIDEE has over 250 abstracts spread in several sections.

TERI ENVIS Centre periodically conducts survey and takes feedback from readers for improvements and keeps it more relevant for future research. In 2014-15, a similar survey was carried out by TERI ENVIS Centre and the results are appended below.

Most of the TIDEE subscribers are the academic institutions which provide education on various disciplines (Figure 1). TIDEE inherits various contents related to Energy in India. 348 academic institutions prefer TIDEE subscription to be one of the information sources on latest developments in Energy, local and global environment, and sustainable development. Followed by academic institutions are 66 Research institutes that subscribe TIDEE journal for latest developments in the above mentioned fields. Collectively 126 Corporate institutes, Government Institutes and PSUs have TIDEE subscription.

Figure 1: TIDEE Institutional Subscriptions

From the survey it is seen that TIDEE is mainly referred for learning purposes; however it is also referred for writing articles and performing research in respective fields. As maximum of the subscription lies with academic institutions, it can be analyzed that TIDEE is a knowledge product more favorable to academicians who may be researchers and authors.

Figure 2: Purpose of reading TIDEE

 

From the survey it was analyzed that till 2013 most of the TIDEE readers are researchers and industrialists (Figure 3). Due to its academic inclination, researchers constitutes majority of readership (711 readers), followed by industrialists (225 readers) who have to keep themselves updated about the recent developments in the Energy sector. It was also noticed from the survey that students from various institutions also form a major portion in TIDEE’s readership profile such that out of all the responses received, 124 readers have been identified to be students from various schools, colleges etc.

Figure 3: Types of readers

TIDEE offers articles, news, technology, abstracts, web resources, standard, patents, government notifications and events as different sections. While each section has its own value, there is a difference in the sections referred by different readers (Figure 4). Researchers mainly focus on the techno briefs, abstracts and articles provided in the TIDEE journal; however policy makers are anxious to look into abstracts and articles instead of techno briefs. The third type of readers i.e. consultants do not prefer abstracts section but have more interest in the techno briefs and the articles. TIDEE section on Media Reviews is analyzed to be important just for some of the researchers and Policy makers. Major useful sections of TIDEE are Technology briefs, Abstracts and Articles.

Figure 4: Most useful sections

In the present context, when Indian journals are struggling to remain afloat, TIDEE enjoys benefits of its uniqueness of being only abstracting journal in energy-environment area covering Indian articles for years. The journal is particularly valuable for carrying out exhaustive research on the subject and can also help policy makers for deriving a trend. User’s interests were mapped in this survey as well to find out how much relevant TIDEE is in present days context.

Figure 5: Interest in future association with TIDEE

When it was asked whether the readers are interested in future association with TIDEE, all of them gave a positive response. Most of them wanted to associate themselves with TIDEE as a contributor and some said they would wish to be a reader as they are. Interestingly, the present trend shows that around 80% of the total articles published in TIDEE were contributed by its past readers.