Open Editors collects data about scholarly journals' editors and editorial board members.
The dataset currently comprises:

You can get the whole dataset in two *.csv-files at GitHub.

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Data and Methods

Open Editors collects publicly available information about the editors and editorial boards of scholarly journals through a technique called webscraping, whereby a script accesses the websites of the publishers to extract the relevant information. The codes (programmed in R) are available at GitHub.

Currently, only journals of the following 26 publishers were taken into account:

For more details, please see the pre-print which outlines the method and data sample with greater precision. It also discusses issues of diversity and intersectionality; of linking the dataset with PIDs (persistent identifiers) such as ORCID and ROR; and of current limitations regarding the scope and coverage of the data.

The whole data dump – two CSV-files of ca. 128 MB – is available at GitHub (in the "Output"-folder and the 2022-subfolder).

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Feel Free to Re-Use the Data!

Open Editors is distributed under a Creative Commons-license (CC0). You can re-use the dataset or its codes freely. If you wish to attribute the original data-collection to Open Editors, you could perhaps include the following reference:

Nishikawa-Pacher, Andreas, Tamara Heck and Kerstin Schoch (2022), "Open Editors: A Dataset of Scholarly Journals’ Editorial Board Positions", Research Evaluation, DOI: 10.1093/reseval/rvac037.

If you use the dataset, please let us know (via e-mail) so that we can add a link to your work here!

Supported by ...

This project was made possible through a fellowship ("Freies Wissen") from Wikimedia Deutschland in 2020/21.

In addition, my other side-project OOIR (the Observatory of International Research) kindly provides the webspace for this project. :-)


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