Aim of the survey
This questionnaire is sent to you by the Harbingers Research Project (, which is seeking to determine whether early career researchers – the new wave of researchers, are set to be the harbingers or agents of change when it comes to the scholarly communications system. The questionnaire majors on the key scholarly activities of information use and seeking behaviour, publishing, peer review, sharing/collaborating and reputation building, with a special focus on the impact of open access publishing, the social media, online social networks and emerging reputation mechanisms on these activities.

We are most interested in hearing from researchers who are generally not older than 35, who either have received their doctorate and are currently in a research position or have been in research positions but are currently doing a doctorate. In neither case should researchers be in established or tenured position. But if all of that is just too complex if you believe you are an early career researcher that is all that counts!

Participating in the survey
This survey will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. You may exit the survey or leave a ‎question unanswered at any time. There is minimal risk attached to your participation. The ‎survey is completely anonymous and individual responses will be kept confidential. Any papers ‎or conference presentations will be based on the aggregated statistics without direct links to an ‎individual survey response.

About us
If you have questions at any time about the study or the procedures you may contact the principal researchers, Professor Dave Nicholas (
Prize draw
At the end of the survey there is an opportunity to enter your e-mail address to enter a prize draw (in a separate form) to win an Amazon voucher worth $100. Your email information will NOT be connected to your survey answers. The prize draw will be on 20 June 2019.

Informed Consent
By clicking NEXT and completing the survey, you are indicating that you have agreed to take part in this research and give permission for us to gather and analyze the answers you provide.