Designing a Systematic Review Assessing Prevalence of Open Science Data Sharing

In a previous post I realized the need to do a systematic review of literature to determine prevalence of the use of figshare, both in terms of citation and in terms of actual studies of an open science platform such as figshare.

To start with, I need to determine what databases are available to me to design the systematic review.

I’ll start at:


Some databases used at EIMI included:


50 million records | 21,000 titles | 5,000 publishers

Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus delivers the most comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. As research becomes increasingly global, interdisciplinary and collaborative, you can make sure that critical research from around the world is not missed.

Web of Science

Web of Science® provides researchers, administrators, faculty, and students with quick, powerful access to the world’s leading citation databases. Authoritative, multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings. You’ll find current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, with coverage to 1900.

Overcome information overload and focus on essential data across more than 250 disciplines.

Science Direct

is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 journals and almost 20,000 books.

Databases I have access to include:


Proguest – I will try later

Search Term:

Figshare only:

Science Direct

19 articles for ALL(figshare)


3 document results

Web of Knoweldge – unable to access off-campus

Science Direct

1 page of results, 9 articles

0 articles searching scopus for (which makes sense as this indexes abstracts, not full text.  For assessing citations mentioning figshare, I think I need to use only full test databases.


Title and Abstract is OK for other purposes.

Just not for citations.

Switch to UTK library listing of databases


Sciences: Biology

Sciences: Geological Sciences and the Environment

Sciences: Geography

Social Sciences: Library & Information Sciences

Sciences: Mathematics & Computer Sciences

Web Of Science

1 article

no records


st: figshare

2 articles


no articles

ISI Web of Knowledge

JCR Science Edition

Select All Categories

I don’ think journal citation reports is useful for this, although it might be useful for understanding types of journals where authors using figshare are cited.

Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide


TX all text

no results

default select a field- no results

figshare – 0 results

Wouldn’t “figshare” and dx.doi with figshare in it return the same results/

Science Direct


19 articles


40 articles

Searching within this for “” yields 9 articles.

9 articles found for: ALL(“10.6084”) and



yields 8 articles.

All are from 2013.

In the references, this is how one resource shows up:

D. de Rigo, Software Uncertainty in Integrated Environmental Modelling: the role of Semantics and Open Science. Geophys. Res. Abstr. 15, 13292+ (2013). doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.155701.

In Science Direct it’s possible to preview the references so wit 40 I might just try the 10.6084 in quotes and look for that in the references.

I exported all citations with abstracts – science.ris – 58.9 KB

D. Rodriguez Aseretto, M. Di Leo, D. de Rigo, P. Corti, D. McInerney, A. Camia, J. San-Miguel-Ayanz, Free and Open Source Software underpinning the European Forest Data Centre. Geophys. Res. Abstr. 15, 12101+ (2013). doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.155700.

D. de Rigo, Software Uncertainty in Integrated Environmental Modelling: the role of Semantics and Open Science. Geophys. Res. Abstr. 15, 13292+ (2013). doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.155701.

  • D. de Rigo, P. Corti, G. Caudullo, D. McInerney, M. Di Leo, J. San Miguel-Ayanz, J., Toward Open Science at the European Scale: Geospatial Semantic Array Programming for Integrated Environmental Modelling. Geophys. Res. Abstr. 15, 13245+ (2013). doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.155703.
  • Article | icon_pdf.gif PDF (528 K) | View Record in Scopus

P. Corti, J. San-Miguel-Ayanz, A. Camia, D. McInerney, R. Boca, M. Di Leo, Fire news management in the context of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS). In proceedings of Quinta conferenza italiana sul software geografico e sui dati geografici liberi (GFOSS DAY 2012) (2012). doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.101918.


I’d like to go through this systematically so I “opened all preview” and will click “references” for the first tab. (note – some have “figures / tables” tab in addition to abstract and references, so I will look at that after looking at references.

An example of where this would not work is “6084. An underground remotely controlled cryopump vacuum system utilizing 460-m long helium gas lines: V P Karpenko et al, J Vac Sci Technol, A3, 1985, 1690–1694

the search picked up “6084” rather than figshare.


  • R. Yokota, L.A. Barba, Weak scaling of parallel FMM vs. FFT up to 4096 processes, Figure on figshare, used under CC-BY license, July 18, 2012.
  • View Record in Scopus | Full Text via CrossRef

Item 3

Item 4

not found (no reference to figshare found)

Item 5

Item 6

      • R. Yokota, L.A. Barba, Weak scaling of parallel FMM vs. FFT up to 4096 processes, Figure on figshare, used under CC-BY license, July 18, 2012.
      • View Record in Scopus | Full Text via CrossRef
    • Item 7
    • Pashler et al., 2013
      • H. Pashler, S. Kang, M. Mozer
      • Methods and results from effect of reviewing facts on ability to encode additional facts on the same topic into long-term memory
      • Pashler Lab (2013) Posted online at Retrieved 30.04.13, 17:58 (GMT)

Item 8

  • Hough-Snee et al., 2013
    • Hough-Snee, N., Roper, B.B., Wheaton, J.M., 2013. Multi-scale drivers of riparian vegetation: a case from the upper Columbia and Missouri River basins. Presented at the Utah State University Spring Runoff, Logan, UT. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.678320.

Item 10 –

none found (obviously since it’s from 2008).

Skip item 11

Item 12

None found in references tab

none found in figures/tables tab

Item 13

none found

Skip Item 14 (1986)

Item 15

None found in references tab

none found in figures /tables tab

Skip Item 17 ( 1992)

Skip Item 18 ( 1996)

Skip Item 19 ( 2003)

Skip Item 20 ( 1998)

Item 21

none found in references tab

none found in figures/tables

Skip Item 22 (1996)

Skip Item 23 (1996)

Skip Item 24 (1998)

Item 25

none found in references tab

none found in figures/tables tab

Skip Item 26 (2003)

Skip Item 27 (2003)

(You know, I just realized I can filter by year – so I should have filtered to 2013, 2012 and 2011 where there are 16 articles out of 40.)

I just did that.

Also there are only 19 articles for just plain “figshare.”

So that’s only 3 more to look at than the total.  I’m going to export this and look at it later.

Citations and abstracts exported as science-1.ris

GeoScience World:

1 article

gravity gradient inversion by planting anomalous densities: Figshare,…anomalous densities by L. Uieda and V. C. F. Barbosa: Figshare,

This geoscience example is interesting because I see the normal “figshare” URL has been replaced with a

So, this would not work for a search on 10.6084.



encountered error



no results


Library & Information Science Source

5 results

Gale Academic One File

No results

Wiley Online Library

15 results

Exported Citation

Reference Manager Format


  • DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12117
  • DOI: 10.1002/minf.201200034
  • DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12178
  • DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20138
  • DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12174
  • DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12103
  • DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12129
  • DOI: 10.1111/ina.12047
  • DOI: 10.1002/bult.2013.1720390411
  • DOI: 10.1002/bult.2013.1720390410
  • DOI: 10.1002/per.1919
  • DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12089
  • DOI: 10.1002/bult.2013.1720390608
  • DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12159
  • DOI: 10.1111/jmi.12084


Citations.ris (4.36 pm)

All of these are from 2013.

ACM digital library

5 results – four from 2013 and one from 2012

3 results

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

unable to access at present time. will revisit later.


no results found

I would like to see if there is a way to limit the search to known “data journals” such as Wiley’s Geoscience Data Journal.


About Tanner Jessel

I am a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE and pursuing a Masters in Information Sciences with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science. I assist scholarly research efforts supporting the Sociocultural, Usability and Assessment, and Member Nodes working groups within DataONE. I am based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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