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The purpose of writing a Dissemination Plan is to ensure the project:


The project will focus on four main techniques:

We encourage all project participants to be involved in the dissemination activities, individual publishers and librarians, as well at the project staff more directly involved. We ask that they let the Planning Committee know what conference presentation or journal article they plan, and send us a copy of the final paper in due course.

1. Internal Reports

Reports are for internal circulation within the project. The objective of generating reports is to:

To save on printing and distribution, most reports will be posted on the SuperJournal Web site in the Members Only section.

There will be different types of reports:

The topic-oriented reports will probably be of greatest interest within the project. Lists of reports and the timing will be agreed, but the following list gives examples of topics to be covered:

Technical Reports

Research Reports

2.  Conferences

Conferences would be used to:

Presentations are short and attendees have limited attention spans. Conference presentations should therefore be focused and cover a limited topic in an interesting, stimulating, and perhaps controversial way. The emphasis should be on results, conclusions, models, issues, and implications, not data and methodologies. Presentations need not be confined to SuperJournal alone. Indeed they are often more interesting if they include results of other studies for comparison.

The project plans to give at least 10 presentations during 1998 and early 1999 at conferences in the UK, Europe, and the USA that will attract key stakeholder groups.

3.  Workshops

As for conferences, workshops are an opportunity to share results and stimulate discussion. However, the format allows more detailed presentation of results, more interactive discussion, and a greater opportunity to explore implications.

SuperJournal plans three Stakeholder Workshops to assess future electronic journal scenarios with librarians and publishers. We also plan a one-day conference/workshop for project participants at the end of the project. If funds allow, this conference/workshop will be opened up to a wider audience.

4.  Publications

Publications will be the main way that the project communicates results and conclusions to the outside world. The objective of publications would be to:

Publication would include peer reviewed journals (print or electronic), key magazines, conference proceedings, and books. These will provide a lasting record of the project research and ensure that it is accessible to all.

Journal Articles

The project is making a list of topics where published articles would be valuable, and journals that might be suitable. Project participants would be encouraged to select topics (or think of their own), and draw on the various project reports as they write the article. Indeed, many may be direct extensions of the more informal reports. We plan publications on technical topics as well as topics based on the research itself. Suggestions in the research area include:

Journals under consideration include the following:

SuperJournal Book

In addition to articles on specific topics, the project intends to publish a book summarising all the project work: the research and methodology, the data collected, technical development, results, conclusions, recommendations, etc. Planning will begin in Autumn 1998, and writing will begin near the end of the project, with a view to publication by June 1999. David Pullinger and Christine Baldwin will probably do the majority of the writing, drawing on the various project reports and publications, and supported by the team at Loughborough, and perhaps an editor.

Various options for publication have been considered. We envisage a paperback book along the lines of the final report done for TULIP. The project would work directly with a typesetter/printer to make say 1,000 copies, promote availability of the book using the Web site and electronic lists, and perhaps ask for a small handling charge. Copies would be make available to JISC free of charge (say 250) for distribution to HEIs and others as they decide. Plans are at an early stage, but we feel there will be sufficient project funds to cover the costs of self publication.

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