2 October 2015

2015 Ethos survey launched: chance to win a Kindle

The British Library Ethos service has just launched a new user survey. Just go to the website http://ethos.bl.uk and the survey should pop up automatically. Ethos are offering respondents the chance to win a Kindle.

Ethos is a national thesis service that is designed to maximise the usability and visibility of UK doctoral theses.
"EThOS aims to provide:
  • A national aggregated record of all doctoral theses awarded by UK Higher Education institutions
  • Free access to the full text of as many theses as possible for use by all researchers to further their own research." Ethos http://ethos.bl.uk/About.do
Back in 2013 Ethos ran a similar survey, which can be found here. Some highlights for the previous survey were:
  • 40% of Ethos users are postgraduates.
  • 87% of users reported that Ethos materials had helped them in their research.
  • The majority of Ethos users are undertaking academic research, and 80% of the respondents said they are from Higher Education.
Ethos are running the survey again, with similar questions to last time in order to gauge trends, but there are also some new questions, including questions regarding authors' views on open access theses.

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