ERIC Number: ED023583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
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Results of Questionnaire on Current Awareness Methods used by Physicists Prior to Publication of "Current Papers in Physics."
Slater, Margaret; Keenan, Stella
The Institution of Electrical Engineers conducted a study in the United Kingdom and the United States to determine the need for their new publication "Current Papers in Physics (CPP)," and its usefulness to the physics community. Questionnaires were used to (1) recruit panel members to test reader reaction to the publication over a period of one year, (2) collect necessary background on panelists, (3) determine methods used by physicists to obtain current information prior to CPP, and (4) discover what physicists felt a good awareness journal in physics should be like. Prior to CPP, the three most widely used methods of current awareness were (1) scanning current issues of journals (2) contacts with colleagues, and (3) listening to presentations at meetings. The use of abstract journals was a major method of both retrospective search and current awareness. A major concern for an awareness journal was that it be current. Physicists were concerned with specialized aspects of physics and not general information. Appendixes contain (1) questionnaires, (2) additional panel data, (3) data on overseas panels, and (4) comments on published abstract journals as current awareness tools. (DH)
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Authoring Institution: Institution of Electrical Engineers, London (England).; American Inst. of Physics, New York, NY.