Scientists’ Preference for E-Journal Online Subscription for the Future – A Research Survey of Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore

Guruprasad, R and Marimuthu, P (2014) Scientists’ Preference for E-Journal Online Subscription for the Future – A Research Survey of Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore. International Journal of Engineering and Technology Research / Scientists’ Preference for E-Journal Online Subscription for the Future – A Research Survey of Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore, 2 (6). pp. 18-28. ISSN ISSN (O) 2347-4904 (P) 2347-8292

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    Abstract

    The scholarly content industry is undergoing a profound structural change. Scholarly communications is transforming rapidly on the Web outside of the boundaries of the traditional journal. The Internet environment is exposing new forms of value in navigation, archiving, and community exchanges. Several studies indicate that the Internet offers much lower cost of reproduction and distribution than print. It is also seen that the scholarly community has excellent connectivity, and the current system of journal pricing seems to be too expensive. So, each of these factors are helping push journals from paper to electronic media. Scholarly publications are produced by researchers as part of their jobs. It is observed that at most universities and research organizations, publication counts significantly towards salary and job security (e.g., tenure.) However, all publications are not created equally: competition for space in top-ranked journals is extremely intense. The demand for space in those journals is intense because they are highly visible and widely read. It is also imperative that publication in a top flight journal is an important measure of visibility. Scholarly communication also serves as an input to academic research. It is also important to know what other researchers in your area are doing so as to improve your own work and to avoid duplicating their work. Hence, scholars generally want access to a broad range of academic journals, (Varian, 1994). A research survey was undertaken to study the ‘Scientists’ Preference for E-Journal Online Subscription for the Future. The geographic boundary of this research study consists of 16 prominent aerospace organizations of Bangalore. The age-group of this study is between 21-60 years. The broad areas of specialization of the Aerospace Scientists and Engineers have been classified into (a) Thermal and Fluid Sciences, (b) Avionics, Guidance and Control, (c) Aerospace Structures and Allied Mechanical Sciences, (d) Materials and Metallurgy, (e) Flight Operations and other Allied Disciplines, and (f) General Engineering and Support Sciences. The major conclusions of this study are: (a) The 2 test indicates that the preference for ‘Print + Online’ as the online subscription for e-Journal subscription for the future and the different types of aerospace organizations has no significant association (Chi-Square=21.22, P = 0.130). The percentage of preference for ‘Print + Online’ by the 16 aerospace organizations are approximately the same, (b) The 2 test indicates that the preference for ‘Online + One Print Copy for Archival’ as the online subscription for e-Journal subscription for the future and the different types of aerospace organizations have significant association (Chi- Square=41.35, P = 0.000), (c) The 2 test indicates that the preference for ‘Online Only’ as the online subscription for e-Journal subscription for the future and the different types of aerospace organizations have significant association (Chi-Square=33.94, P = 0.003).

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Electronic Publishing, Online Publishing, Scholarly Communication, City of Bangalore, Aerospace Scientists and Engineers, Scholarly Publications
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
    SOCIAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES > Documentation and Information Science
    Division/Department: Knowledge & Technology Management Division, Other
    Depositing User: Dr Ramachandran Guruprasad
    Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 11:22
    Last Modified: 05 Feb 2015 11:22
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/12079

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