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Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 18:38:57 +0200
From: Marie Wallin <mw@LIB.KTH.SE>
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I think this could be of interest to many ICSTI members, reporting the
results of a large survey of researchers as contributors to learned
I picked the item in the last EUSIDIC News
The ALPSP site is http://www.alpsp.org.uk/
With best regards, Marie Wallin

What Authors Want : the ALPSP research study on the motivations and
concerns of contributors to learned journals
Alma Swan & Sheridan Brown, Key Perspectives Ltd

The Association of Learned and Society Publishers has recently carried out
a large-scale survey of contributors to learned journals. The aim
was to discover what motivated researchers to publish in journals, and how
they decided where to publish, as well as their concerns about the
current system, and what changes they wanted or expected to see in the future.
With the help of many publishers, questionnaires were sent to nearly 11,000
contributors to learned journals published in the UK, the USA and
elsewhere. The titles were selected to give a comprehensive spread of
subjects, and the recipients were chosen to give a representative
worldwide geographical coverage. With a response rate of over 30%, the
results provide a substantial body of evidence of what the authors of
research articles really think and want.
Authors are continuing to publish in learned journals primarily to
communicate their findings and advance their careers. Direct financial
reward is
not an important issue. Their main aim is to reach the widest possible
audience, with the quality of peer review and the impact factor of the
journal the main factors of importance in achieving their overall
publishing objectives. In deciding where to submit their work, the perceived
reputation of the journal, its impact factor, subject area, international
reach and coverage by abstracting and indexing services are extremely
important. Offprints continue to be the main way in which authors
disseminate their findings after publication, though 84% also claim to
announce their results at conferences pre-publication.
Copyright does not appear to be an area of major concern at the moment,
though a significant number of authors think that copyright should be
retained by the author rather than being relinquished to the publisher.
Around 30% of authors express dissatisfaction with the peer review
system, primarily because of the delays incurred in the process.
Publication delays in general are a source of concern, especially because of
the anxiety that someone else will publish the work first.
More than half of authors agree that the purpose of scholarly publishing is
changing and increased electronic publishing activities are looked
forward to in the future by a large body of authors.
Publication: June 1999
ALPSP members: First copy 50/USD100, second and subsequent copies
25/USD50, inclusive of postage and packing
Non-members: First copy 100/USD200, second and subsequent copies
75/USD150, inclusive of postage and packing
Available from: John Morris, South House, The Street, Clapham, Worthing,
West Sussex BN13 3UU, UK
Marie Wallin
Project manager and International relations
Royal Institute of Technology Library, Stockholm
KTHB, S-10044 Stockholm, Sweden.
Tel: +46 (0)8 790 8974 Fax: +46 (0)8 790 7466. E-mail: mw@lib.kth.se


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