Re: ALPSP Research study on academic journal authors

From: David Goodman <dgoodman_at_PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 15:38:27 -0400

Having not yet seen more than the summary and graphs, I take the risk of
making erroneous remarks in the context of the entire material, and make
these preliminary comments:

62% of authors thought "reprint archives" important, and at least 78%
thought they would be important in the future. This includes
university-based sites and discipline-based sites. For preprint
archives, 33% considered them important now, at least 44% in the future.
I am pleased, encouraged, and a little surprised that the free access
movement has been so persuasive, even outside of the sciences. I had not
thought we have come so far.

At least 45% of those surveyed wanted major changes in the practice of
peer review.

I do wish the society had considered disseminating the results more
important, and partially recovering the cost of the survey and its
publication less important. Then they could have made the entire survey
available on line, instead of requiring a $200 payment.

Sally Morris wrote:
> You will now find details of the latest ALPSP research report, Authors
> and Electronic Publishing, on our website (, from where
> you can order a copy.
> Sally
> Sally Morris, Secretary-General
> Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
> South House, The Street, Clapham, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3UU, UK
> Phone: 01903 871686 Fax: 01903 871457 E-mail:
> ALPSP Website
> Learned Publishing is now online, free of charge, at

David Goodman
Research Librarian and
Biological Science Bibliographer
Princeton University Library
Princeton, NJ 08544-0001
phone: 609-258-7785
fax: 609-258-2627
Received on Wed Apr 24 2002 - 21:01:53 BST

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