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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal


11.1 Email survey instrument

This is the survey that was distributed to the readership of Psyche via the PSYCHE-D and PSYCHE-L mailing lists (see 7: Surveys on page 103).

 

QUESTIONNAIRE: Electronic Scholarly Publishing

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A. INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE

 

We would like you to take part in this survey because you receive either the

ejournal _Psyche_ or the print journal _The Australian Journal of Chemistry_.

This survey is part of a larger joint project between the Royal Melbourne

University of Technology (RMIT), Monash University and the Australian

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). This

project has been funded to investigate electronic publishing by the Australian

Vice-Chancellor's Committee (AVCC).

 

This questionnaire is designed to provide a broad picture of the demographics

of the readers of the above journals. A sample of this population will then be

selected for a more detailed follow-up questionnaire. You will be asked if you

wish to be part of such an exercise towards the end of this questionnaire.

 

Please fill in the blanks and return the questionnaire. A range of return

mechanisms (mail, email, fax) are available. Space is provided near the end of

the questionnaire for additional comments if required. This questionnaire is

also available online at http://www.deakin.edu.au/people/aet/initsurv.txt.

 

B. BASIC DEMOGRAPHICS

 

1. Industry Category

 

Please indicate the industry sector of your employing institution. Choose

one category and mark with a cross.

 

__ Education (Primary/Secondary/Tertiary)

__ Government

__ Industry

__ Consultant/Self-Employed

__ Other (please indicate) _________________________

 

2. Position

 

Please indicate your primary employment role. Choose one category and mark

with a cross.

 

__ Practitioner (e.g. clinical psychologist, industrial chemist)

__ Information Services/Publishing

__ Administration

__ Teaching

__ Student

__ Research

__ Consultant/Self-Employed

__ Retired

__ Other (please indicate) _________________________

 

3. Access to Technology

 

Please mark the pieces of information technology you have ready access to

(either at home or at work). Mark all appropriate items with a cross.

 

__ Personal Computer

__ CD-ROM drive

__ Sound output from computer

__ Colour screen

__ Direct network connection to Internet

__ Modem connection to Internet

__ Other (please indicate) _________________________

 

C. ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING

 

4. Familiarity

 

Please indicate how often you use the following forms of electronic publishing

with the appropriate letter:

 

a. Frequently b. Regularly c. Occasionally d. Rarely e. Never

 

__ Subscribe to electronic publishing forums (listservers, BBS, netnews, etc.)

__ Use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to access materials

__ Use Gopher to access materials

__ Use World Wide Web to access materials

__ Access materials on CD-ROM

__ View electronic journal(s)

__ Publish electronically

 

5. Advantages and Disadvantages

 

Below are two possible lists of advantages or disadvantages of

electronically published scholarly articles. You may add any items

to the lists that you wish. Please indicate your feelings about each advantage

or disadvantage to the left of the suggested text according to this scale:

SA - Strongly Agree, A - Agree, N - Neutral, D - Disagree, SD - Strongly

Disagree.

 

/_____________________________________________________________________________\

| ADVANTAGES of electronic | DISADVANTAGES of electronic |

| scholarly journals are: | scholarly journals are: |

|_____________________________________|_______________________________________|

| __ Speed of publication | __ Poor quality |

| __ 24 hours a day access | __ Lack of refereeing |

| __ Convenience | __ Concerns about copyright |

| __ The way they encourage feedback | __ Increased plagiarism |

| __ Reduced paper consumption | __ Special skills needed to use |

| __ Ease of searching | __ Special equipment needed to access|

| __ Multimedia publications | __ Format is not reader friendly |

| __ Affordability | __ Communication costs to access them|

| __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ | __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ |

| __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ | __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ |

\_____________________________________________________________________________/

 

D. FOLLOW-UP SURVEY

 

6. Do you wish to take part in a more detailed survey?

 

We are seeking a select group of individuals to trial a number of new

electronic and print publishing products. You will be asked a more detailed set

of questions as part of this trial. If you are prepared to take part in this

exercise later this year, please provide your details below. This will be

regarded as an expression of interest only, and does not guarantee that you

will be selected.

 

Name: __________________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________________________________________________

Fax: __________________________________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________________________________

 

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Any other comments?

 

 

 

 

 

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Please return this questionnaire before December 15, 1995, via any one of:

 

Post:

Andrew Treloar, School of Computing and Mathematics, Deakin University,

662 Blackburn Road, Clayton, 3168, Australia.

 

Email:

Andrew.Treloar@deakin.edu.au

 

Fax:

+61 3 9244 7134

 

Enquiries to Andrew Treloar at the above addresses or phone +61 3 9244 7461.

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Based in part on a proposed questionnaire designed by Philip McEldowney,

University of Virginia (philipmc@Virginia.edu). Last revised September 5, 1995

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