HotAIR - MINI FOLLOW-UP--Report Survey Survey Report Survey Results


Report Survey Survey Report Survey Results

In which the public assesses the worth and worthlessness of many things

by Stephen Drew, AIR staff

Here are the results of the Report Survey Survey Report Survey that was announced in mini-AIR 2000-07.

The Survey

The survey, which was suggested by investigator Paul Koch as a follow-on to the Report Survey Survey which appeared in mini-AIR 2000-06, asked:

In your experience, what percentage of all written reports SHOULD BE read by no one other than the author(s)?

a) Less than 25%

b) 25% - 50%

c) 50% - 75%

d) 75% - 100%

e) More than 100%

The Results

You, the great unwashed public, have spoken. Here are the results:

a) (Less than 25% of them): 37%

b) (25% - 50% of them): 13%

c) (50% - 75% of them): 07%

d) (75% - 100% of them): 35%

e) (More than 100% of them): 08%

The Gratuitous Comments (a few of them, anyway)

As usual, some respondents could not be restrained from adding comments to their votes. Here is a non-random sampling:


You must consider two cases. Case I: Reports authored by me. Should be read by everyone, so percentage of "non-reading" would be (a) Less than 25%. Cast II: Reports authored by everyone else. Should not be read at all, as will distract from re-reading of my reports, so the "non-reading" percentage would be (e) More than 100%. As there are vastly more Case II reports than Case I reports (due to distractions caused by surveys), I submit that the overall proper answer is (d) 75% - 100%.

--investigator David DeGusta


(b) 25-50%. It would be higher if you had a category concerning what % should not be read by anyone including the author.

--investigator Paul Vincent


Based on my own experience, at least 30% of all reports are not actually written by their authors before submission.

--investigator John Allen


(d) As an associate editor/cum graduate student forced to accept a very small pittance to read the writing of full professors, I quickly learned that most articles are actually created with a random word generator set to create the minimal publishable unit and still get that merit increase.

--investigator Margaret L. FalerSweany


The preceeding has been, or may have been, an official Annals of Improbable Research Survey Survey Report Survey Results Report.

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