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The dataset from our Author Survey is now open

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After some time spent on anonymizing data and analyzing their integrity I can now publish a whole dataset from the Key Challenges of Research Communication – De Gruyter Open Author Survey.

The main goal of the research was to examine the attitudes of academic authors around the world towards open access publishing. We asked about their experiences with open access, their publishing practices and their opinions about different publishing models.

Our respondents, who are members of the academic community, found time to answer the survey, probably in the hope that its outcome will help in shaping good policies for research communication. To meet this hope, the dataset is now open and I encourage all interested parties to conduct their own analysis.

Main findings of the research

Some output from the research has already been published on this blog. Feel free to evaluate my results with your own data investigation.

Among others, the research brought several major conclusions:

87% of authors believe that “the general public should have access to research”.

67.4% of scholars know a high quality OA journal operating in their field.

– Despite the fact that the majority of open access papers indexed by DOAJ were published by journals using the liberal Creative Commons licenses as default, the majority of open access authors do not accept terms of any Creative Commons license.

Lack of knowledge and a legal complexity of copyright seem to be the main problems that inhibit green open access.

How to re-use the data?

Now you can download the complete anonymized dataset from De Gruyter’s Open Figshare account.

I hope that the data that we collect will be helpful for all stakeholders interested in fostering a shift toward the world of open research.

The dataset consists of 95 variables and 1012 observations. In case of any difficulties with understanding the data, feel free to contact me. However, it will help if you start familiarizing yourself with the dataset by reading this post. You can have a look at the survey questionnaire as well. My R code is published together with the dataset, which may help you to understand how I handled the data. The json file with a description of the research is also included, as Frictionless Open Data strand recommends.

How was the data collected?

Emails containing links to the survey were sent to 107,296 scholars listed on De Gruyter’s Open mailing lists in a period from December 2015 to January 2016.

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