Try Evaluating this Electronic Journal
Some general questions to ask about electronic
what is the coverage and what information is available online - tables
of contents, abstracts, full text of some articles, full text of every
who has published the journal on the Internet and how reputable is this
are articles peer reviewed or filtered by editors and proof readers?
will some users be able to access more information than others? eg if there
is a charge, a need for a site license or special software/hardware
are archives of previous editions of the journal available?
is the site kept up to date?
It's time to be your own Internet Detective!
Here are some pictures and clues from an electronic journal.
Take a look at these and try to answer the questions ...
Which of the sections would you
go to first to see if full copies of
the articles are available online?
- Reviews and Commentaries
- Mailing List
What does this URL tell you
about the journal?
- It is based in the personal directory of someone called Phil based at Sheffield University in the UK
- It is a web-based resource located in a directory called ~phil on an academic server in the UK
- It is a web-based journal located on a UK academic server called connex
What does the URL suggest
about the people publishing this
- They work for a commercial publisher?
- They work for a formal academic publisher?
- They are academics publishing their own Internet journal?
The journal's editor is given as:
Does the email address support
the claim of editorship?
The Editorial Policy of the Journal is
given as follows:
Papers are invited from any of the disciplines under the umbrella of cognitive
science: artificial intelligence, cognitive neuroscience,computer science,
linguistics, philosophy of mind, psychology, and speech science.
Contributions should deal either with theoretical issues or with the theoretical
implications of experimental work. Papers of a narrowly experimental nature
will not be accepted.
Although Connexions is intended primarily as a journal for graduate students,
anyone may contribute. Submitted papers will be anonymously refereed.
Contributions should be written in a clear, concise and accessible
style; needless technicality should be avoided. Contributors should write
for an informed but non-specialist interdisciplinary audience.
Contributions may be anything up to 6,000 words in length (excluding references).
The copyright of all contributions will remain with their authors.
Is the journal peer reviewed?
Is this journal ...
- A popular magazine
- A trade journal
- An academic journal
The subject coverage of the
journal mainly involves ...
- Cognitive science
At the bottom of the front page it says:
What is the "modified" date likely
to tell you?
- The last date the information changed?
- The last date the site location changed?
- The date the site was put on the Internet?
The Statement of Aims is given as follows:
|Welcome to Connexions.
Connexions is a new venture in academic publishing. The Connexions web
site aims to provide a forum where graduate researchers in philosophy of
and cognitive science can exchange ideas and submit their work to the
scrutiny of their peers. The site is not intended as an alternative to
publication. Rather, it will offer researchers the chance
to publicise their work-in-progress and to expose it to friendly but informal
A special discussion list ( connex-l) has been set up for readers' comments
on Connexions papers. If you are interested in Connexions, please join
the list, whether or not you have a comment to post (for instructions on
how to join, see Notes for Commentators and Contributors).
Does the "Statement of Aims"
- This is the Web site of a printed journal?
- That this journal is available both on the Internet and in print?
- That this journal is only available on the Internet?
What conclusions do you draw about the
quality of this site?
Am I right?
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