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Seeking Focus Group Participants

Today’s guest post is a request for focus group participants. If you are willing to participate, please follow the directions below and direct any questions or comments to the Editors of Sensate via e-mail: sensatejournal@gmail.com

Sensate Journal cordially invites you to participate in a focus group to review and evaluate its content, format, and policies. Sensate is a peer-reviewed, open-access, media-based journal for the creation, presentation, and critique of innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Its mission is to provide a scholarly and artistic forum for creating image-based publications and for experimenting with new critical media practices that expand academic discourse by taking us beyond the margins of the printed page. Fundamental to this expansion is a re-imagining of what constitutes a work of scholarship or art, and how that work might be disseminated via media-based publication.

In an effort to evaluate and improve upon the journal’s design and presentation, we are conducting a focus group to assess the use and usefulness of our web platform as an alternative to traditional scholarly publication. You have been chosen to partake in our focus group because of your noteworthy scholarship, experience, and expertise. Our editorial and production teams value the critical insight your assessments might provide us. We would, therefore, ask you take a few moments and visit us at www.sensatejournal.com.

While you are exploring the features of our website, please consider navigating through a brief series of tasks that might improve your overall experience and allow for a more complete assessment of the journal. As Sensate pieces vary based on content and form, we recommend that you look through at least two pieces.

Instructions to participate in focus group:

Open www.sensatejournal.com in your browser. General information about Sensate and our FAQs can be found on our “About” page. Please note that Sensate pieces work best with
Chrome and Safari browsers, as our back end software runs on HTML5. You can download the latest version of Chrome here. Sensate publishes reviews and articles, and the pieces vary
greatly in form, size, and scope; we recommend that you peruse at least three pieces to get a better feel for the journal’s unique design and content. Please feel free to add comments and
suggestions about your user experiences that extend beyond the specific questions/prompts.

Send your comments as an attachment to sensatejournal@gmail.com in a separate PDF or word doc. Thank you!
1.) Describe how you located a piece on Sensate by: (a) author’s name; (b) subject or title of piece; (c) searching for a specific type of media.
2.) After opening your first multimedia piece, what was the first thought that came to mind? Would you please give a brief explanation of how you navigated the piece? Were navigation
instructions/directions accessible and clear enough?
3.) What concerns might you have about the new form and presentation of scholarship in the journal?
4.) Would you use this journal for your own research? Would you publish through this type of scholarly platform? If not, please provide an explanation of what would keep you from using a journal of this sort (either as a resource or a platform for publication).
5.) Please provide us with any additional comments or feedback you might have.

Please note your comments and suggestions will be kept confidential. Your identity will remain anonymous to our readers and Sensate staff.

We thank you, in advance, for your time, your effort, and your guidance in helping us to improve the quality and content of our publication.

Best wishes,

The Editors at Sensate


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