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The Impact of COVID-19 on Academic Researchers


September 17, 2020 | 1 min read |

Dani Guzman, Ex Libris

In part two of our series on the current dynamics of academic research, we will take a look at how researchers perceive the level of support they receive from their institutions during COVID-19 and what areas they struggle with most.

As in our previous post, our information comes from a detailed report commissioned by Ex Libris and carried out by the Alterline research agency. The study included a survey of over 300 researchers in the US, the UK and Australia from a range of disciplines, including both the humanities and the sciences.

While researchers report receiving less general support this year as compared to 2019, and feel they are laboring under administrative burdens, they nonetheless express satisfaction with institutional support for remote working. Both of these statistics are likely reflective of the unique constraints faced by universities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.