The results of the latest arXiv user survey confirm that the Open Access platform arXiv is an important source of information for specialist communities in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics when it comes to the immediate publication of research results. More than 95 per cent of respondents stated that they are satisfied or very satisfied with arXiv. The users wish that arXiv will continue to perform its central task – making scientific publications available quickly and smoothly – as excellently as it has done in the past. The respondents believe there is potential for improvement in the user interface, arXiv search and its functionalities.
A total of 36,000 users took part in the arXiv survey, which involved responding to around 20 questions all about arXiv. Most of the respondents were from the USA, followed by Germany in second place. One of the aims of the survey was to find out who are typical arXiv users, and how existing arXiv services can be further developed in the future.
You can find more information about the results of the arXiv user survey in the arXiv-DH Blog.