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Figure 1: Responses for Questions A (n=38) and D (n=40)
|A.||Comparing the pdf and html formats, what is your preference for online publication of journal or conference articles you have written? For online publishing of my articles I:
|D.||What is your preferred file format for screen reading of research articles? (preferred file format for printer dump is covered in the next question):
The main aim for the survey was to obtain information from AJET authors on their preferences for AJET website file formats. Figure 1 (above) indicates that authors have a significant preference for pdf over html, for publishing their work (Question A), although a sizeable proportion prefer html for screen reading (Question D).
Figure 2: Responses for Questions B (n=40), C (n=40) and E (n=40)
|B.||How would you describe your access to research articles in journals and proceedings? (the question of whether to convert screen access into printer dump is covered in C. below). My research article access is:
|C.||What is your approach to the reading of research journals and proceedings available to you only via screen delivery (ie you do not get a printed copy either via personal subscription or via your institutional library)? For this class of delivery my reading is:
|E.||What is your preferred file format for reading of screen delivered research articles that you have dumped to printer?
Figure 2 (above) suggests that authors' access to research articles is mainly via the screen (Question B), although their reading of research articles is mainly via printer dumps for hardcopy (Question C). Consistent with this pattern, authors strongly prefer pdf for printer dumping. This is likely to be related to features such as better positioning of tables and diagrams, and the retention of original pagination, when printing from pdf compared with printing from html files, although this survey did not inquire into specific reasons for preferences.
Question F (Figure 3, below) showed strong support from authors for "free to the Internet" publishing as a positive influence upon the academic value of a journal. However, authors seemed reluctant to press that view upon AJET (Question F, Figure 3), most preferring no change in policy.
|F.||What is your rating of the contribution of "free to the Internet" to the academic value and influence of a journal? Free to the Internet publishing is:
|G.||What is your attitude towards AJET's current access control to the online version (password or domain name exemption required to access articles during the first three months after the date of publication; after that, free to the Internet)? My attitude is:
Question H (Figure 4, below) suggests that authors are cautious about introducing an online discussion facility as a new feature for AJET. As the question indicated, we do not have any specific design in mind, and that may have contributed to author cautiousness and diversity of responses.
Figure 4: Responses for Question H
|H.||What is your likely level of interest in an online discussion facility associated with each article or groups of articles published in AJET? (We do not have any specific design or set of features in mind, we are seeking only a preliminary needs analysis and indicators on directions, if any, to explore):
Authors' freestyle comments on Question H highlight some of the reasons for the diversity of responses:
Producing and web mounting a pdf version of AJET seems to be warranted from the author feedback. Freestyle comments from authors included:
Author perspectives need to be combined with others, including Society members, readers, librarians and the scholarly publishing industry.
Gathering these additional perspectives will take some time, and further reviewing will be at a modest pace, given that we are under pressure on other matters. AJET received 47 submissions during Jan-June 2004, compared with 25 for the same period in 2003, and 61 for the whole of 2003. At the time of placing AJET 20(2) with our printing company, AJET 20(3) is already over 80% filled and we may have to make difficult inquiries and decisions on the question of whether our Societies can afford a 'bonus' fourth issue during 2004. However, coping with these tasks is made easier by some very kind freestyle comments about our work made by survey respondents, including:
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