Website of the Journal Istorija after Its Second Anniversary: Statistics and Experience of Digital  Cover Image

Du metai Istorijos žurnalo interneto svetainei: skaitmeninio publikavimo statistika ir patirtys
Website of the Journal Istorija after Its Second Anniversary: Statistics and Experience of Digital

Author(s): Arūnas Gudinavičius
Subject(s): History
Published by: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas
Keywords: scientific research journal Istorija; website www.istorijosž; unique visitors; visits; most viewed texts.

Summary/Abstract: The journal Istorija has been published since 1958. The website of the journal(, www.istorijosž was launched in November 2010 (together with the release of volume 79), and the publishing of the journal in the digital format began. After converting into the digital format, all the previously published volumes of the journal were uploaded to the website. The publishing of the digital version online grants an opportunity to receive various information on visitor geography, number of unique visitors, most viewed texts, etc. The analysis of such data enables a better evaluation of the demand for the journal, popularity and relevance of certain topics. The article aims to analyse the twoyear (2011-2012) experience of the journal in the digital domain by means of the available statistical data. It seeks to compile and analyse the list of the most viewed texts, to analyse reader geography and certain reading habits, to study the varying intensity of reading over time. According to the analysis results, the article Faint Possibilities to Resist Germany’s Military Threat in 1939 by Vytautas Jokubauskas was absolutely most popular, surpassing the second most popular article by nearly two times. In 2012 Google Analytics recorded 46,177 visits (126.5 daily visits on the average), of them 31,474 were unique visitors (68% of all the visitors). The website is most visited in the beginning of the week – on Mondays and Tuesdays; it is least visited on Saturdays; visits are especially scarce on major public holidays. We may presume that readers usually visit the website for the purposes of work and studies, the beginning of the week being their prime-working days. It is also confirmed by the devices used by the readers – the absolute majority are using desktop computers or laptops, whereas mobile devices account for barely 1.8%. The visitors of the website are Lithuanians exclusively. The number of visitors from other countries is very marginal, while the names of those countries (neighbouring countries and countries preferred by emigrants) lead to the conclusion that those visitors may also be Lithuanianspeakers. The readers mostly come from the largest cities of the country, though the website is also relatively popular among the residents of Panevėžys and Kaišiadorys – they exceed quite a number of cities with considerably larger populations by the number of visits.

  • Issue Year: 90/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 53-58
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Lithuanian