Publications evaluation calls for more ACP involvement
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CTA. 1999. Publications evaluation calls for more ACP involvement. Spore 81. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A recent evaluation of CTA's publishing programme calls for greater involvement of ACP authors and publishers in the Centre's work. Various steps were proposed and are already being followed up: to increase awareness among authors and publishers of...
A recent evaluation of CTA's publishing programme calls for greater involvement of ACP authors and publishers in the Centre's work. Various steps were proposed and are already being followed up: to increase awareness among authors and publishers of the support available from CTA, to organise editing workshops, and to bulk buy more copies of publications from ACP publishers for distribution on demand to CTA's subscribers. Bulk purchases and other investments in the publishing output of partner organisations are key features of the co-publishing programme. At present, CTA distributes more than 60,000 publications on demand each year from its list of more than 800 titles. Figures for the month of March 1999 show that the Publications Distribution Service has 22,741 subscribers, who sent in more than 7000 requests for nearly 20,000 publications in the first quarter of 1999. CTA responded to the requests within an average of 16 working days. All the publications are 'paid for' through the well-known CTA system of credit points, under which subscribers are given a certain number of points according to their capacity to use and share the information for their work, community, and profession. The average number of avalaible credit points enables each subscriber to obtain approximately 7 publications a year. Heady figures maybe, but the evaluators had good reason to say that the service is a smoothly-run, large-scale operation. They found that CTA's publishing programme is definitely hitting the mark: 98% of the subscribers rate the content of the publications as 'quite' to 'very' relevant, and 90% share it with others. CTA's co-publishing partners confirmed that the programme allows the publication of much agricultural information that would not have been printed without CTA support because it would not have attracted them on commercial grounds. Respondents, 80% of whom were involved in processes of development and innovation, mentioned the lack of information as a bottleneck to their work. Since books and magazines were cited as their main sources of information, the evaluators concluded that CTA's mission remains very relevant.