Microbiology OnLine, a peer-reviewed electronic journal

Richard Friedman friedman at mbcl.rutgers.edu
Sun Jul 17 22:18:22 EST 1994


In article <309fjr$bdk at agate.berkeley.edu>, micro at mendel.berkeley.edu
(Martin Latterich) wrote:

> Please find attached a questionnaire Dr. Dieter Czeschlik compiled to
> assess microbiologists attitude towards a peer-reviewed electronic
> journal: "Microbiology OnLine".
> 
>                         Sincerely,
> 
>                         Martin Latterich
>                         BIONET.MICROBIOLOGY Discussion Leader
>                         micro at mendel.berkeley.edu
> 
> 
> 
> 1. What is your general subject area in microbiology?
> 
>   ( ) General Microbiology
>   (X ) Genetics/Molecular Biology
>   ( ) Environmental Microbiology/Microbial Ecology
>   ( ) Immunology
>   ( ) Industrial Microbiology
>   ( ) Medical Microbiology
>   ( ) Physiology/Biochemistry
>   ( ) Systematic/Evolutionary Microbiology
>   ( ) Virology
>   ( ) other .........................
> 
> 
> 2. Your professional status
> Professor ( )
> Research Scientist in academia ( ) in industry ( )
> Graduate Student ( )
> Undergraduate Student ( )
> Other .POST-DOC
> 
> 3. Are you using any of the following Internet services:
> 
>                        regularly  sometimes  never
> 
>       E-mail               (X )       ( )      ( )
>       ftp                  (X )       ( )      ( )
>       Gopher               (X )       ( )      ( )
>       WWW/Mosaic           ( )       ( )      ( )
> 
> 
> 4. What kind of computer and operating system do you use?
> 
>   ( ) PC
>        ( ) Windows  ( ) DOS only   ( ) OS2
> 
>   (X ) Macintosh
>        (X ) System 7
> 
>   ( ) Workstation
>        ( ) Unix
> 
>   ( ) other computer / other operating system: .................
> 
> 
> 5. Many new features (in addition to the traditional ones of a paper
> journal) can be offered with a professional e-journal. Please tell
> us how you personally rate the individual possibilities:
> 
> Articles can appear within hours after they have passed through
> the reviewing process and are accepted  -  no waiting time to
> complete an issue
> 
>  ( ) essential  ( ) desirable  (X ) less important  ( ) superfluous
> 
> Publication of selected e-mail-to-the-editor
> 
>  ( ) essential  ( X) desirable  ( ) less important  ( ) superfluous
> 
> Feed-back to articles (reader's comments) linked to the articles
> 
>  ( ) essential  ( ) desirable  (X ) less important  ( ) superfluous
> 
> Direct printing of hard-copies on your printer
> 
>  ( ) essential  ( X) desirable  ( ) less important  ( ) superfluous
> 
> Optional saving of files on your local computer
> 
>  (X ) essential  ( ) desirable  ( ) less important  ( ) superfluous
> 
> Availability of different types of subscription (full subscription,
> individual articles on request, full articles of certain subject
> areas, abstracts only, or definition of your individual user profile)
> 
>  ( ) essential  (X ) desirable  ( ) less important  ( ) superfluous
> 
> Links to other papers
> 
>  ( ) essential  (X ) desirable  ( ) less important  ( ) superfluous
> 
> 
> 6. The presentation of information in hypertext format allows one to
> jump inside a text, to other texts or graphics in different files
> or into different computers anywhere in the world-wide network
> just by a mouse-click on a highlighted word or picture in the text.
> Do you know about hypertext applications and their advantages in
> cross-linking information?
> 
>    ( ) yes  ( ) a little  (X ) no
> 
> 
> 7. The presentation of hypertext through the network will not only
> allow
> linking of the scientific papers among each other, but will allow
> access to other services to be offered, e.g., on-line ordering of
> strains, links to addresses of manufacturers of equipment, catalogues
> of rare chemicals, links to DNA-, RNA- and protein sequence databases,
> establishment of scientific discussion forums, etc. How do you regard
> such services?
> 
>  ( ) essential  ( ) desirable  (X ) less important  ( ) superfluous
> 
> 
> 8. Considering the potential features, would you principally be
> interested in subscribing to an electronic journal?
> 
>    ( ) yes  (X ) maybe  ( ) no
> 
> 
> 9. A peer-reviewed e-journal that has a world-wide readership would be
> highly reputed. It could be cited in other publications and grant
> applications just as its paper counterpart. Preparation of your
> manuscript will be just with your favorite word processor. Would you
> principally be willing to contribute to an e-journal?
> 
>    ( ) yes  (X ) maybe  ( ) no
> 
> 
> 10. Editors and referees will have the same traditional tasks. Yet,
> since all correspondence is via e-mail, the costs and hassle of
> mailing manuscripts and evaluations disappears. Would you
> principally be willing to act as a referee/editor (if qualified)?
> 
>    ( X) yes  ( ) maybe  ( ) no
> 
> 
> 11. Your valuable comments (feel free to be as explicit as you like):

-- 
-Rich
Friedman at mbcl.rutgers.edu

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