ITcon Vol. 5, pg. 73-88,

A Survey on the Impact of the Internet on Scientific Publishing in Construction IT and Construction Management

submitted:April 2000
revised:June 2000
published:July 2000
editor(s):Dana J. Vanier
authors:Bo-Christer Björk, Prof.
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Ziga Turk, Assoc. Prof.
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
summary:The World Wide Web provides the opportunity for a radically changed and much more efficient communication process for scientific results. A survey in the closely related domains of construction information technology and construction management was conducted in February 2000, aimed at measuring to what extent these opportunities are already changing the scientific information exchange and how researchers feel about the changes. The paper presents the results based on 236 replies to an extensive Web based questionnaire. 65% of the respondents stated their primary research interest as IT in A/E/C and 20% as construction management and economics. The questions dealt with how researchers find, access and read different sources; how much and what publications they read; how often and to which conferences they travel; how much they publish, and what are the criteria for where they eventually decide to publish. Some of the questions confronted traditional and electronic publishing with one final section dedicated to opinions about electronic publishing. According to the survey researchers already download half of the material that they read digitally from the Web. The most popular method for retrieving an interesting publication is downloading it for free from the author's or publisher's website. Researchers are not particularly willing to pay for electronic scientific publications. There is much support for a scenario of electronic journals available totally freely on the Web, where the costs could be covered by for instance professional societies or the publishing university. The shift that the Web is causing seems to be towards the \"just in time\" reading of literature. Also, frequent users of the Web rely less on scientific publications and tend to read fewer articles. If available with little effort, papers published in traditional journals are preferred; if not, the papers should be on the Web. In these circumstances, the role of paper-based journals published by established publishers is shifting from the core \"information exchange\" to the building of authors' prestige. The respondents feel they should build up their reputations by publishing in journals and relevant conferences, but then make their work freely available on the Web. 
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citation:Björk B-C and Turk Z (2000). A Survey on the Impact of the Internet on Scientific Publishing in Construction IT and Construction Management, ITcon Vol. 5, pg. 73-88,