5. If funding was limited and if only one of the following options (i.e. print or electronic) were available for journals or magazines in your discipline/major, which would you prefer?

All Respondents
 


 

n

%

Print Only

115

30.2

Online Only

266

69.8

Total

381

100.0


Nearly 70% of all respondents would prefer online if they could choose only one format option for access to journals in their discipline.

 


(Count)
 

All Respondents by Academic Status
 

(n / %)

Online Only

Print Only

Total

Faculty

122

58

180

67.8

32.2

100.0

Graduate

75

30

105

71.4

28.6

100.0

Undergraduate

35

16

51

68.6

31.4

100.0

Staff

29

10

39

74.4

25.6

100.0

Other

5

1

6

83.3

16.7

100.0

Total

266

115

381

69.8

30.2

100.0

The overall preference for online versus print was similar across the various user groups. The percentages ranged from 68% for faculty to 74% for staff for “online only” and from 26% for staff to 32% for faculty for “print only”.

 

Faculty by Subject Division
 

(n / %)

Online Only

Print Only

Total

Business

14

5

19

73.7

26.3

100.0

Education

15

4

19

78.9

21.1

100.0

Engineering

18

0

18

100.0

.0

100.0

Fine Arts

4

12

16

25.0

75.0

100.0

Health Sciences

13

3

16

81.3

18.8

100.0

Humanities

7

13

20

35.0

65.0

100.0

Sciences

23

8

31

74.2

25.8

100.0

Social Sciences

21

10

31

67.7

32.3

100.0

Library

5

3

8

62.5

37.5

100.0

Other

2

0

2

100.0

.0

100.0

Total

122

58

180

67.8

32.2

100.0

 

Overall, most of the faculty respondents – 68% - would opt for online only, given only one option. All of the Engineering faculty would prefer online only. A relatively high percentage of faculty in Business, Education, Health Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Library would do the same although there was a higher percentage of Social Sciences and Library faculty who would choose print only than in the other disciplines. The majority of faculty in only two areas – Fine Arts and Humanities – would opt for print only if only one option was available.
 

Graduate Students by Subject Division
 

(n / %)

Online Only

Print Only

Total

Business

4

1

5

80.0

20.0

100.0

Education

22

3

25

88.0

12.0

100.0

Engineering

13

4

17

76.5

23.5

100.0

Fine Arts

5

1

6

83.3

16.7

100.0

Health Sciences

1

1

2

50.0

50.0

100.0

Humanities

5

5

10

50.0

50.0

100.0

Sciences

8

5

13

61.5

38.5

100.0

Social Sciences

17

10

27

63.0

37.0

100.0

Total

75

30

105

71.4

28.6

100.0

A clear majority of graduate student respondents preferred online to print if only one format option was available for journals. The strongest support for online was found among Business, Education, Engineering, and Fine Arts. The responses were more evenly divided among students in other disciplines.

 

Undergraduate Students by Subject Division
 

(n / %)

Online Only

Print Only

Total

Business

9

2

11

81.8

18.2

100.0

Education

1

1

2

50.0

50.0

100.0

Engineering

2

1

3

66.7

33.3

100.0

Fine Arts

2

3

5

40.0

60.0

100.0

Health Sciences

3

0

3

100.0

.0

100.0

Humanities

2

1

3

66.7

33.3

100.0

Sciences

3

3

6

50.0

50.0

100.0

Social Sciences

12

5

17

70.6

29.4

100.0

Other

1

0

1

100.0

.0

100.0

Total

35

16

51

68.6

31.4

100.0

 

Overall, 69% of the undergraduate student respondents indicated a preference for online access if only one format option was available. Students in Business and the Social Sciences showed the strongest support for online only while a higher percentage of Fine Arts indicated a preference for print.