The UC Davis library is conducting an informal survey about arXiv (http://arxiv.org) to collect your suggestions and comments about this resource. The UC Libraries are an institutional member of arXiv, so we provide financial support for maintaining the site. Members have been asked to collect feedback from faculty who use arXiv to find out if the site is currently meeting researcher needs, and to get suggestions for improvements as arXiv is developed in future.
Please reply to Phoebe Ayers at email@example.com by September 26, and feel free to send this to colleagues who would be interested in providing feedback. Responses will be anonymized, collated, and shared with the arXiv staff.
1) Do you use arXiv? As a reader, paper submitter, or both? Are there other archives or repositories that you prefer to use, and if so why?
2) What role does arXiv play in your research or scientific communication?
3) Are there features that you need (as a reader or submitter of papers) that arXiv is not providing? Are there features that would make arXiv more useful to researchers in your field?
4) Are paper classifications appropriate and useful? If not, how could they be improved?
5) arXiv tries to strike a balance between quality and openness: submissions are reviewed by expert moderators to verify that they are on-topic scientific contributions that follow accepted standards of scholarly communication. Submissions may be rejected or reclassified based on moderator input. In your opinion, are arXiv standards and processes adequate and appropriate for ensuring quality?
6) What do you see as the up-and-coming needs of graduate students, and what would you suggest arXiv do to help meet these needs?
7) Anything else you wish to share about arXiv?
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Thank you very much for your time!
UC Davis Librarian for Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Geology
UC Davis Librarian for Mathematics, Statistics, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, and Transportation Studies