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In two separate surveys, editors and publishers of established academic journals were invited to respond to online questions exploring issues surrounding prior publication in an electronic environment, with particular emphasis on electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), With response rates of27% and 58% respectively, certain conclusions and patterns could be discerned. The most noticeable pattern was a lack of consensus on the question of electronic dissemination and how it mayor may not contribute to the designation of research as "published". The differences in opinion are varied and will be presented in both statistical and narrative format, with results from both surveys being presented.


Dalton, Joan T., and Seamans, Nancy H. Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Two Surveys of Editors and Publishers. In Fox, E. A. (ed.), Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Sourcebook for Educators, Students, and Librarians. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2004, 247-266.

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