Newton ’ s First Law and ETDs : Scholarly Communication at a Liberal Arts University in Hong Kong (survey data)

Published: 26-05-2016| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/kctnrcp3dg.1
Brian Minihan


This is the original data (anonymised) file from a faculty survey for the associated paper given at the 18th International Symposium on ElectonicTheses & Dissertations (4-6 Nov. 2015, New Delhi, India) Open Access electronic theses and dissertations are more and more common in universities. This Increase in visibility of early scholarship has prompted re-examination of the traditional publication process from researchers, librarians and post-graduate students. A number of recent studies have shed significant light on if an open access ETD will impact post-graduate students’ ability to publish findings derived from a thesis with an academic publisher. However, these studies have largely focused on publishers, researchers and post-graduates’ attitudes in the United Kingdom and North America. Two years after implementing an Open Access policy for ETDs at a university in East Asia, the author surveyed advisors of research post-graduates on their views regarding Open Access theses and their students’ future publishing prospects.


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Using Qualtrics survey software, the author created a survey panel of 224 members, who were at or above the rank of associate professor at Hong Kong Baptist University in Spring of 2015. Associate professors, or above, were selected based on the assumption that they would have experience serving as advisors to post graduate students composing MPhil or PhD theses. The survey consisted of 4 questions regarding their experience as thesis advisors: -Please describe your academic field (Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities) -Are you a supervisor of post-graduates composing an MPhil or PhD thesis (Yes, No) -In 2013 Hong Kong Baptist University adopted open access theses---meaning full text is freely accessible in electronic format via the Library. Were you aware of this (new) policy? (Yes, No) -An Open Access thesis would make publishers less likely to accept a post-graduate's manuscrupt for publication (Strongly disagree, Somewhat disagree, Somewhat agree, Strongly agree) The panel was contacted three times via email during a two week period at the end of the May 2015. The response rate was 24.2%.