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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal

11.2 Print survey instrument

This is the survey that was distributed via the postal system to members of psychological associations in the U.S.A., the U.K. and Australia (see 7: Surveys on page 103).

Attitudes and access to electronic scholarly publishing

A. 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) _________________________

B. Electronic Publishing

4. Familiarity

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

F - Frequently R - Regularly O - Occasionally S - Seldom N - 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)


View the electronic journal Psyche


Publish electronically

5. Advantages and Disadvantages

Below are two possible lists of advantages or disadvantages of electronically published scholarly articles. You may add additional items in the spaces provided at the end of the lists. 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 scholarly journals are:


Disadvantages of electronic scholarly journals are:


Speed of publication


Poor quality


24 hours a day access


Lack of refereeing




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




Communication costs to access them









C. Follow-up Survey

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

We are seeking individuals who may be asked to trial a number of new electronic and print publishing products. You would be asked a more detailed set of questions as part of this trial. If you are prepared to take part in this exercise, 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: ____________________________________________________________

E. Any other comments?


Based in part on a proposed questionnaire designed by Philip McEldowney, University of Virginia. Last revised November 2, 1996. © Andrew Treloar (aet@deakin.edu.au), 1996.

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