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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal


7.2.6 Data encoding

The results were entered into the Statview package to produce both descriptive and statistical summaries of the information. The final data set comprised 1038 rows by 44 columns for a total of 45672 data points.

The answers to the survey instrument were encoded as a series of variables. These variables appear throughout this chapter as identifiers in tables and graphs. The variables are grouped into categories according to the sections of the survey instrument. Table 7-3 shows the variables used.To assist in grouping variables, each variable has been prefixed with its survey instrument category. Variables starting with T- relate to the Technology questions. F- indicates the Frequency of use questions. A- and D- stand for Advantages and Disadvantages respectively.

Table 7-3: Encoded Variables

Variable/Category

Survey Question

Demographics

Industry Category

Industry Category

Employee Role

Primary Employment Role

T echnology

T-PC

Access to a Personal Computer

T-CD Drive

Access to a CD-ROM drive

T-Sound

Access to Sound output

T-Colour

Access to a Colour screen

T-Network

Access to a Direct Network connection

T-Modem

Access to a Modem connection

T-Other

Any other form of computing technology (specified by the respondent)

F requency of use of electronic publishing mechanisms

F-Subscribe

Subscribe to electronic publishing forums

F-FTP

Use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to access materials

F-Gopher

Use Gopher to access materials

F-WWW

Use World Wide Web to access materials

F-CDROM

Access materials on CD-ROM

F-Views

View electronic journal(s)

F-Psyche

View the electronic journal Psyche

F-Publishes

Publish electronically

A dvantages of electronic scholarly publishing

A-Speed

Speed of publication

A-24 Hour

24 hours a day access

A-Convenience

Convenience

A-Feedback

The way they encourage feedback

A-Paper

Reduced paper consumption

A-Searching

Ease of searching

A-Multimedia

Multimedia publications

A-Affordability

Affordability

A-US1

User-entered advantage number 1

A-US2

User-entered advantage number 2

D isadvantages of electronic scholarly publishing

D-Quality

Poor quality

D-Refereeing

Lack of refereeing

D-Copyright

Concerns about copyright

D-Plagiarism

Increased plagiarism

D-Skills

Special skills needed to use

D-Equipment

Special equipment needed to access

D-Format

Format is not reader friendly

D-Costs

Communication costs to access them

D-US1

User-entered disadvantage number 1

D-US2

User-entered disadvantage number 2



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