About us

About this Blog!

Welcome to our Blog! Here, you’ll find insights from our work as Data Analysts in the domain of scholarly communication. With this blog, we want to engage with the broader community about how to support data-driven workflows and decision-making around scholarly communication with R.

We are based at the Göttingen State and University Library, one of the largest academic libraries in Germany. We are using R-based tools in our everyday work and contribute to R package developments and training activities. In this blog, you’ll find news and case-studies around:

We want to thank Maëlle Salmon for encouraging us to start a blog about our work. As a technical framework for the blog, we are using Distill for R Markdown, a new web publishing format optimized for scientific and technical writing.

Dr. Anne Hobert, Nick Haupka, Najko Jahn

Journal publications

We also publish in scholarly journals about our work.

Jahn, N. (2024). How open are hybrid journals included in transformative agreements? https://arxiv.org/abs/2402.18255

Culbert, J., Hobert, A., Jahn, N., Haupka, N., Schmidt, M., Donner, P., Mayr, P. (2024). Reference Coverage Analysis of OpenAlex compared to Web of Science and Scopus. https://arxiv.org/abs/2401.16359

Fraser, N., Hobert, A., Jahn, N., Mayr, P., & Peters, I. (2023). No deal: German researchers’ publishing and citing behaviors after Big Deal negotiations with Elsevier. Quantitative Science Studies, 4(2), 325–352. https://doi.org/10.1162/qss_a_00255

Taubert, N., Hobert, A., Jahn, N., Bruns, A., & Iravani, E. (2023). Understanding differences of the OA uptake within the German university landscape (2010–2020): part 1—journal-based OA. Scientometrics, 128(6), 3601–3625. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-023-04716-3

Haupka, N., Jahn, N., & Hobert, N. (2022). Praxisbericht Big Scholarly Data an der SUB Göttingen. LIBREAS. Library Ideas, 41 (2022). https://libreas.eu/ausgabe41/haupka/

Jahn, N., Matthias, L., & Laakso, M. (2022). Toward transparency of hybrid open access through publisher‐provided metadata: An article‐level study of Elsevier. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 73(1), 104–118. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24549

Jahn, N., Held, M., Walter, H., Haupka, N., & Hillenkötter, K. (2022). HOAD: Data Analytics für mehr Transparenz bei Open-Access-Transformationsverträgen. ABI Technik, 42(1), 64–69. https://doi.org/10.1515/abitech-2022-0007

Stisser, A., Jahn, N., & Schmidt, B. (2022). Stand und Perspektiven bibliometriegestützter Open-Access-Services an Universitäten in Deutschland. Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis, 46(2), 275–283. https://doi.org/10.1515/bfp-2021-0098

Hobert, A., Jahn, N., Mayr, P., Schmidt, B., & Taubert, N. (2021). Open access uptake in Germany 2010–2018: adoption in a diverse research landscape. Scientometrics, 126(12), 9751–9777. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-021-04002-0

Laakso, M., Matthias, L., & Jahn, N. (2021). Open is not forever: A study of vanished open access journals. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 72(9), 1099–1112. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24460 (Featured in Nature, Science and CNN)

Jahn, N., Hobert, A., & Haupka, N. (2021). Entwicklung und Typologie des Datendiensts Unpaywall. Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis, 45(2), 293–303. https://doi.org/10.1515/bfp-2020-0115

Matthias, L., Jahn, N., & Laakso, M. (2019). The Two-Way Street of Open Access Journal Publishing: Flip It and Reverse It. Publications, 7(2), 23. https://doi.org/10.3390/publications7020023


Haupka, N. (2021). Analyse der Entwicklung des Open Access-Discovery-Services Unpaywall seit 2018 [Bachelor Thesis, Hochschule Hannover]. https://doi.org/10.25968/opus-1899


R-Packages (selection):

Jahn, N. europepmc: R Interface to the Europe PubMed Central RESTful Web Service. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=europepmc | https://docs.ropensci.org/europepmc/

Chamberlain, S., Zhu, H., Jahn, N., Boettiger, C., Ram, K. rcrossref: Client for Various ‘CrossRef’ ‘APIs’. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=rcrossref https://docs.ropensci.org/rcrossref/

Jahn, N (2022). roadoi: Find Free Versions of Scholarly Publications via Unpaywall. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=roadoi | https://docs.ropensci.org/roadoi/.

Dashboards (selection):

Hybrid Open Access Dashboard (HOAD). See our blog post: https://www.coalition-s.org/blog/introducing-the-hybrid-open-access-dashboard-hoad/

metacheck: Open Access Metadata Compliance Checker

Open Access uptake in Germany 2010-2018: Interactive Supplement

Third-party funded projects



European Commission


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