Monday, September 3, 2007

Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Scholarly Communication: Survey Findings from the University Of California

The Office of Scholarly Communication, University of California recently released a report "Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Scholarly Communication: Survey Findings from the University Of California." This report is an analysis of over 1,100 survey responses covering a range of scholarly communication issues from faculty in all disciplines and all tenure-track ranks.

Full Report; 124 pages [download PDF]
Executive Summary and Summary of Findings; 10 pages [download PDF]
Survey Instrument; 10 pages [download PDF]
Results From the Executive Summary:
  • Faculty are strongly interested in issues related to scholarly communication.
  • Faculty generally conform to conventional behavior in scholarly publication, albeit with significant beachheads on several fronts.
  • Faculty attitudes are changing on a number of fronts, with a few signs of imminent change in behaviors.
  • The current tenure and promotion system impedes changes in faculty behavior.
  • On important issues in scholarly communication, faculty attitudes vary inconsistently by rank, except in general depth of knowledge and on issues related to tenure and promotion.
  • Faculty tend to see scholarly communication problems as affecting others, but not themselves.
  • The disconnect between attitude and behavior is acute with regard to copyright.
  • University policies mandating change are likely to stir intense debate.
  • Scholars are aware of alternative forms of dissemination but are concerned about preserving their current publishing outlet.
  • Scholars are concerned that changes might undermine the quality of scholarship.
  • Outreach on scholarly communication issues and services has not yet reached the majority of faculty.
  • The Arts and Humanities disciplines may be the most fertile disciplines for University sponsored initiatives in scholarly communication.
  • Senior faculty may be the most fertile targets for innovation in scholarly communication.

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