Dataset for The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 now available

I’m pleased to announce that the anonymized dataset used to prepare The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 is now available for downloading and use.

The dataset–an Excel .xlsx spreadsheet with two workbooks–includes 9,824 rows of data, one for each journal graded A through C (and, thus, fully analyzed) in the project. Each row has a dozen columns. The columns are described on the second “data_key” workbook.

I would love to be able to say that this dataset was now on figshare–but after wasting spending far too much time attempting to complete the required fields and publish the dataset, it appears that the figshare mechanisms are at least partly broken. When (if) I receive assurances that the scripts (which fail in current versions of Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer) have been fixed, I’ll add the dataset there–although I’d be happy to hear about other no-fee dataset sharing sites that actually work. (It’s possible that figshare just doesn’t much care for free personal accounts any more: I also note that the counts of dataset usage that were previously available have disappeared.)

Update January 22, 2016: This dataset is now available on (Hat-tip to Thomas Munro.)

As always, the best way to understand the data in this spreadsheet is via either the paperback version or the PDF ebook site-licensed version of The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014.

Note: This isn’t quite the “Watch This Space” announcement foreshadowed in Cites & Insights 16:2, and it doesn’t mean that sales of the book have suddenly mushroomed. That announcement–which is related to this one–should come in a few days.

By the way, while the dataset consists of facts and is therefore in the public domain, I’d appreciate being told about uses of the spreadsheet and certainly appreciate proper attribution. Send me a note at

I’d also love your suggestions as to ways the presentation in the book could be improved if or when there’s a newer version…leave a comment or, again, send email to

2 Responses to “Dataset for The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 now available”

  1. Thomas Munro says:

    Great stuff. Minor typo: the correct link appears to be ” ” rather than ” .xslx”. One alternative to figshare is I haven’t used it, but it has the attraction of being run by CERN, birthplace of the web, rather than Holtzbrinck, which is paywall central (e.g. Springer Nature).

  2. Walt Crawford says:

    Thanks, Thomas. The error in both links (and in the text!) has been corrected and tested; I seem to have a problem with that letter combination! And I’ll definitely look into

    The rest of you: you should now actually be able to, you know, download the downloadable data.