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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal

9.5.3 Insights from thesis surveys

Overall, the survey respondents showed only moderate use of e-journals. However, the email respondents on the Psyche mailing lists (who can be assumed to be early adopters of technology) were much more frequent users, with nearly 50% viewing e-journals frequently or regularly. This contrasts with an equivalent figure of less than 20% for the print survey respondents. One can thus extrapolate that e-journal use is likely to increase over time.

One of the survey questions asked how often respondents published electronically themselves. The answers to this question reflects a significant change in practice among part of the scholarly stakeholder community. The print survey respondents had done almost no electronic publishing. In contrast nearly half (47%) of the email survey respondents had published electronically at some stage, with nearly 10% doing so either frequently or regularly.

This latter finding is consistent with the results from the questions dealing with attitudes to the advantages and disadvantages of electronic scholarly publishing. The email respondents (relative to the print respondents) were simultaneously more in agreement with the proposed advantages of electronic scholarly publishing and less in agreement with the proposed disadvantages. They are therefore more likely to publish electronically than those with less positive views.

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