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OECD international survey of scientific authors



The International Survey of Scientific Authors (ISSA) targets authors who have published in scientific peer-reviewed journals. It aims to collect information on their activities from the underpinning research to its ultimate outcomes, covering the review, publication and dissemination processes.



The OECD has launched the second pilot of the International Survey of Scientific Authors (ISSA2). This survey aims to collect statistical evidence on the use of digital tools for science and on their impact on different scientific activities. This study is part of the broader OECD Going Digital project to analyse the impact of digitalisation on the economy and society. The project benefts from the input of a steering group, which comprises policy and statistical officials as well as independent experts from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

Data collection for this study is currently ongoing. Initial results are expected to be disseminated in the first quarter of 2019.

If you have been contacted to participate in the study, you are kindly invited to dedicate 20 minutes of your time to complete the online survey, contributing to a more representative picture of the issues faced by the world of science and research today. If you have any doubts about the study and our use of your data, please consult the project’s confidentiality statement (pdf) or write to us at Please also contact us at this address if you have any concerns that someone might be impersonating the OECD to get information from you.


ISSA1 on Open Science

The first pilot of ISSA aimed at informing policy-relevant questions on the subject of open access to publications and research outcomes and the potential implications of open science. ‌Download the policy paper presenting the findings.

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