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ERIC Number: ED180870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Communications While Researching: A Profile of Social Scientists from Three Sydney Universities.
Bordow, Allan
The communication activities and problems of Australian social scientists in research and publication are reported. The sample consisted of 52 social scientists from three universities in Sydney who were interviewed individually. Participants responded to questions concerning their research interests, how they kept abreast of development in their specific disciplines, and difficulties in keeping up to date. Questions concerning respondents' own publications, the medium in which their research was printed, reasons for choosing a particular medium, and whether the communication activities associated with the publication were satisfactory, were also included. Results indicated that the communication activities of the social scientist while researching involve a highly select examination of relevant literature, contact with researchers overseas and in Australia, and reports of results in seminars and conferences. Overseas publication, 80% of the time in relevant journals, completes the cycle. The major communication problem is being able to keep up with the printed word. Automated retrieval systems are not helpful because the major portion of the literature cited is housed overseas. Implications are for the development of an informal communication network which would condense the range of information originating overseas and make it available to social scientists in Australia. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia
Note: Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science Congress (Auckland, New Zealand, January, 1979)