5.0431 E-Serial Survey (1/167)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 5 Nov 1991 17:24:19 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0431. Tuesday, 5 Nov 1991.

(1) Date: Tue, 05 Nov 91 07:23:04 EST (170 lines)

The following survey is designed to gather information regarding
*user* preferences towards electronic journals and newsletters. By
answering and returning this survey you will help e-serial editors
and producers/coordinators design networked publications that
reflect network user preferences. This survey should not take more
than five minutes of your time.

The results will be archived on the fileserver ARACHNET@UOTTAWA

All personal information will be deleted from your mail header.

Simply mark the desired answer and forward this form back to:

441495@OTTAWA (Bitnet)
441495@ACADVM1.UOTTAWA.CA (Internet)

NB - On some systems this be done by using the REPLY FROM option.
This will send the survey back to me and not to this List. Please
do not reply to the list.

Note also that in this survey *e-serials* does not refer to Bitnet
list, Usenet newsgroups or academic conferences.

(1) In what format do you prefer to receive e-serials?

( ) As a complete piece of mail, or segmented pieces of
reasonable size, such as _The Online Journal of Distance
Education_, _ThinkNet_, _Health Info-Com Network
Newsletter_, and _IRLIST Digest_.

( ) In a non-subscribed format, such as with _OFFLINE_, where
new issues are announced to certain Lists such as
HUMANIST and IOUDAIOS and then one "orders" the issue
through a mail command.

( ) In an abstracted format where you receive *only* a table
of contents and abstracts of the articles along with the
commands that allow you to retrieve only the specific
articles that you wish to read. This format is seen with
_Postmodern Culture_.

( ) You would prefer another format altogether (write

(2) Which of the following do you usually do with e-serials?

( ) Read on screen and delete.

( ) Download and then print and read.

(3) Which of the following do you prefer to have for your own use?

( ) Paper copies of e-serials.

( ) Electronic copies of e-serials.

( ) Both paper and electronic copies of e-serials.

(4) How many e-serials do you presently read?

(# )

(5) Do you prefer to receive e-serials that have been tagged
with SMGL (Standard Generalized Markup Language) for
electronic search and retrieval?

( ) YES
( ) NO

(6) What topics/subjects/disciplines would you like to see
covered by new e-serials?

(7) Do you find the content of the e-serials that you read to
be comparable to scholarly, print publications?

( ) YES
( ) NO

(8) Is it a concern to you that the electronic articles that
you read be subject to prior peer review?

( ) YES
( ) NO

(9) Given the opportunity, would you publish your work
in an e-serial?

( ) YES
( ) NO

(10) If *NO*, why?

(11) What is general attitude of your department and academic
association towards e-serials and the Network.


( ) Positive
( ) Negative
( ) Indifferent

Academic Association:

( ) Positive
( ) Negative
( ) Indifferent


(12) Are you aware of any other surveys of user preferences
towards e-serials (please indicate where they may be

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. This
information will be used to make the process of electronic
dissemination of information as user-friendly as possible.

Michael Strangelove

Editor of the _Directory of Electronic Journals and Newsletters_
University of Ottawa

Please note that this survey has not been conducted on behalf of
any commercial publisher, organization or company.