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Use of internet and mobile survey

The Use of Internet and Mobile Survey has been conducted annually since 2009. In 2013, the scope was expanded to include non-members. 

In an annual survey of IEEE members and non-members, technology professionals report using YouTube and Wikipedia most often. Three-quarters reported using one of these two sites in the previous week.  
Facebook and LinkedIn had been used by about six in 10 participants. Students were considerably more likely to have used Facebook in the previous week, with 75 percent reporting usage.
Findings also tell that technology professionals are nearly always connected to the Internet. They are most likely to use desktop or laptop computers, followed by smartphones and then tablets. Respondents in the United States use all three of these types of devices more often than those in Regions 8 (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and 10 (Asia Pacific).
Members and non-members read and search on the Internet much more than they post or contribute. These findings are similar to previous years. Students were more active overall on the Internet.
Like previous years, about a third of participants were not likely to have encountered any issues on IEEE sites. The most frequently reported issues were difficulty finding what they were looking for and poor navigation, although these numbers have improved since 2012. 
Just about a third of respondents were interested in receiving IEEE content on a smartphone or tablet, or using mobile apps from IEEE. Students were more interested in mobile capabilities from IEEE, as were Regions 8 and 10.

Global organization study

The Global Organization survey measured the extent to which IEEE Higher Grade members see IEEE as a global organization. The vast majority (82%) of respondents see IEEE as a global organization, and 83% indicated it is important for IEEE to be a global organization.


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Journal pricing database

Ted Bergstom, an economist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has written several papers on journal pricing and also maintains a database that lists journals, their cost per citation, and cost per article for each journal. Ted divides journals into three categories based on this data (good, medium, and bad).  

Strategic Research looked at the 1,390 journals published by the major STEM publishers and, not surprisingly, the nonprofits do far better than the for-profit companies. In terms of pricing, 60% of Elsevier's journals, 80% of Springer's, and 92% of Taylor Francis's journals are "bad" ones. They vary between $25 per article (for Elsevier) to over $50 per article (for Taylor Francis).

The American Physical Society and American Chemical Society are the real bargains (at $4.16 and $5.41 per article, respectively). IEEE is right in the middle at $10.51 per article, with two-thirds "good" journals and 12% "bad" journals. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is the real standout, which is the least cost-effective publisher, at $65 per article.

Although some people may have problems with the citation data, and one may be able to quibble with his methodology, the information Ted provides certainly allows for an interesting look at this issue.


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IEEE strategic research 2011 annual report

The IEEE Strategic Research Annual Report 2012 (PDF, 696 KB) summarizes research findings from 56 IEEE Strategic Research and Planning studies completed in 2011. The IEEE studies examined membership, membership trends, and the differences among membership groups such as current, former, and prospective members; IEEE employees were also studied. Specific subgroups investigated include Society members, members of local sections, attendees of various meetings and events, and others. Study topics range from prioritizing IEEE activities in Africa to assessing CrossCheck usage to an evaluation of the Total Rewards program.

Please contact Marc Beebe to receive more information on the studies in the report.


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Strategic Research Annual Report 2012

The IEEE Strategic Research Annual Report 2012 (PDF, 696 KB) summarizes research findings from 60 IEEE Strategic Research and Planning studies completed in 2012.

Please contact Marc Beebe to receive more information on the studies in the report.