Our global survey is part of an ongoing effort to chart the changing landscape of scholarly communication. The changes in this landscape are driven by technology, policies, and culture, but in the end only take place because researchers and other stakeholders decide to adapt their workflows or recommend changes to others. Thus, the developing landscape is for an important part expressed through changing tool usage. New tools are constantly being developed by researchers themselves, small start-ups or big players, as reflected in our list of scholarly communication tools that now offers over 600 of these tools. However, tool usage varies by field, country and position. How exactly is what we intend to find out with this research.
The survey ran from May 10, 2015 to February 10, 2016. The separate questionnaire listing the tools mentioned in the survey is still available.
Over 9 months, the survey received more than 20,000 responses. This is in large part thanks to the efforts of our custom-URL partners: >100 organisations (primarily universities and publishers) who distributed the survey among their researchers. The translation of the survey in 6 languages (with special thanks to our reviewers and testers!) has facilitated response from China, Japan, Russia, Latin-America and French- and Arab-speaking countries.
The (anonymized) survey data are available in various ways:
|Full dataset with raw (anonymized) and cleaned data files, variable list and original survey questions||Description of the dataset as a data publication.||Interactive pivot template in Excel (9MB) for filtering and creating graphs||Build your R, Python or Julia scripts and start analyzing, share your scripts for others to build on||List of possible analysis ideas and results of two hackdays|
What you can do with the data
The data will make it possible to compare research workflows across the entire research cycle for different disciplines, research roles, countries and career lengths. The results also include the respondents’ stance on Open Access and Open Science, and on what they perceive to be the most important developments in scholarly communication.
Outreach and follow-up research
We presented the survey data and the most important insights at Force2016, April 17-19 in Portland, USA, and at various conferences and webinars since. We are continuing our own analyses on the data, and are planning a qualitative follow-up study with people who have indicated they are willing to be contacted again. In that we might take a deeper look at motivations for choosing more open, efficient and/or transparant ways of working. We welcome suggestions on topics to focus on in this follow up study.
Over 100 institutions have partnered with us to make this survey a success and get institutionally tagged data. Our partners include:
NB Distributions partners could choose whether or not to have their institution listed here.