Leading Space Journal chooses Spatial Global
14th January 2020
ROOM The Space Journal - is a space magazine for an international audience, focused on promoting the peaceful exploration of space for the benefit of humankind.
ROOM The Space Journal
Packed with incisive articles on a variety of trending space-related topics, ROOM reports on subjects from the latest breakthroughs in astronautics to the environmental challenges of exploring space. Its forward-thinking audience consists of space experts, aerospace industry leaders and scientists from all over the world. From security threats originating in space, to the untold history behind famous space missions, Room engages its audience digitally and in print – with a high quality published magazine.
Why a globally distributed, printed publication of ROOM is important
Clive Simpson, Managing Editor of ROOM, has an idea on why people still choose to receive the print version of the journal. Clive has worked extensively as a writer and editor on the international space scene, including for ESA, Eumetsat, the IAF and the BBC science website. He was Editor of Spaceflight magazine for 11 years and has also contributed to several books and many newspapers, magazines and websites.
Digital publishing is great for accessing time-sensitive content, snippets of information and scanning for answers and updates. But for the immersive relaxing read, where you want to be enveloped in a subject, I think people prefer the printed magazine.
Clive Simpson Managing Editor, ROOM
Research comparing print and digital reading experiences
Clive's view is backed by a whole host of research which suggests that reading online typically results in less critical reflection by the reader. Maybe this is because viewing a screen is more tiring on the eyes and tends to encourage multitasking, a lower degree of attention and a different speed of processing. If people are skim-reading, they are not delving deeper to understand the complexity of the issues presented.
Managing back issues to meet reader demand
An interesting basis for a comparison between print and digital reading experiences comes from considering web visitors who could read a PDF online free of charge but choose to order a printed back issue. This strongly supports the theory that there is more value in the physical printed publication and that this format is largely preferred by readers.
having Spatial Global as an international mailing partner means we can rest assured our readers receive the printed magazine in good time and excellent condition. Plus, our new audiences can access our back catalogue of publications with a variety of 'on-demand' mailing options.