Table 1

Characteristics of respondents

AuthorsReadersReviewersOverall
Number (%) of sample819 (28.5)911 (31.7)1142 (39.8)2872 (100)
Mean (SD) number of years as an active researcher4.4 (1.96)4.6 (1.98)5.3 (2.89)4.8 (2.41)
Approximate number of research papers published as author or coauthor—median (IQR)36 (68.5)41 (75)51 (77)46 (81)
Number (%) on how frequently they read articles in medical journals
 Very frequently377 (46.0)462 (54.2)628 (55.0)1467 (51.1)
 Frequently337 (41.1)331 (38.8)383 (33.5)1051 (36.6)
 Occasionally58 (7.1)58 (6.4)55 (4.8)171 (6.0)
 Rarely3 (0.4)1 (0.1)7 (0.6)11 (0.4)
 Never1 (0.1)1 (0.1)2 (0.2)4 (0.1)