Module 16: Stats & Reports




At the end of this unit, you will have a better understanding of the kinds of statistics and reports available from OJS. This is critically important for online journals, because these kinds of reports and statistics can help you better understand how your journal is being used and what enhancements might be needed.





Please read the Stats & Reports section in the OJS User Guide.

Kosavic, A., MacGregor, J. (2009). Who Knows What, When? Current and Desired Capacities for Online Journal Statistics Gathering and Dissemination. Scholarly and Research Communication, 1 (1).



At this point, you won’t have much data in your journal to generate any interesting statistics or reports. However, you should still go to that section and review what is there. At the very least, you will see how many users are registered with your journal!



Although this unit was somewhat brief, I should stress the importance of keeping good statistics for your journal. As the Journal Manager, your editor may ask you for details on how the journal is doing, and these statistics and reports can provide the data you need for a solid response. Please post your comments below.


15 Comments on "Module 16: Stats & Reports"

  1. Profile photo of Yola Yola says:

    Hi, it’s interesting that there are such reports, but there are some details that I have seen in many magazines that use the ojs, some reports funcionana not correctly since it does not provide information even if you selected correctly.

    I would also like to know if there is any report that throws many times have downloaded an article?

    • If you ever seen problems with your statistics, let us know on the community forum. There may be a solution.

      In terms of downloads, take a look at the Views report. That should provide the detail you are looking for.

  2. Profile photo of Greg Chan Greg Chan says:

    I see a lot of value in this tool, especially when applying for future funding when metrics will matter. Looking forward to seeing these numbers grow!

  3. Hi there, thanks for all your help. However, I fear I have a series of very stupid questions — though if you can point me in the right direction, that would be wonderful.
    1. What is the correct view/download counter for any given article in my journal?
    2. How often does the system update this?
    The reasons I’m asking are the following:

    A. If I go to “Editing” for any published article, there is a column “VIEWS” under “Layout -> Galley Format -> 1. PDF”. What does this mean? Surely not the total number of views or downloads by readers. The number is relatively SMALL in most cases (which may, of course, mean that not many readers viewed the particular piece).

    B. If, as Journal Manager, I go to “Stats & Reports”, there’s a bunch of seemingly relevant statistics. I am interested in the total views or downloads of all material published in the past 8 years of the journal. I assumed I should use “View Report”. That gives me a spreadsheet with the filename , for example, if downloaded today on 13 June 2015. Here I find ENORMOUS numbers for both “Abstract Views” and “Total Galley Views”/”PDF” (these two columns have the same number).

    For a piece at hand, for example, method A. above gives me 14 views, but method B lists 1639 abstract views and 1836 galley views. Moreover, when I now download the same piece again and then request a new stats report, the numbers don’t change.

    I hope my questions are clear, apologies for the cumbersome way, but I’m not a techie and have the feeling that I don’t really know what I’m doing — but I would like to find out the download numbers for my journal.

    Many thanks,

  4. The statistics are essential to measure the impact of content on readers.

  5. Each system should be have stats and reports, is essential to know the impact for users, how many users use your plataform, etc. This helps to take decisions. By the way, I can’t find more information about customize reports in OJS forums or documentation, why? We have to try it on our own.

  6. Stats and reports are frequently questions of editors, because they need to generate and prepare information for been included at some index.
    Is there any way to know how many articles have been downloaded from ojs?

  7. nice presentation! thank you! my work will be much easier and efficient after this info!

  8. Lili says:

    it’s enought to press “Record” button tomake this report available to readers in About the Journal. 🙂

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