ERIC Number: ED033852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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Reports of Studies of the Publication Fate of Material Presented at National Meetings (Two Years After the Meetings).
Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Research in Scientific Communication.
The objective of this research was to determine the publication fate of papers presented at the national meetings in 1966-1967 of the following organizations: (1) the Optical Society of America, (2) American Sociological Association, (3) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, (4) American Geophysical Union, (5) American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, (6) Association of American Geographers, and (7) the American Meterological Society. Questionnaires were sent to the authors of conference papers at the end of the first and second years after the meetings respectively. The results of the surveys showed that (1) about half the authors achieved journal publication within two years, (2) these were authors who submitted manuscripts to journals soon after the meetings, (3) some authors chose to disseminate their work in other written media such as books and technical reports, (4) there is usually a time lag of approximately one year between submission and publication dates, and (5) a high rate of journal rejection was one cause of low publication rate. The study raised the question of whether or not the information dissemination process may be so slow that the information in the journal article is worthless to the active researcher by the time it is finally published. (LC)
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Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Research in Scientific Communication.