How to use your Dashboard

What can I see in the Dashboard?

Publishers, in your Dashboard, you can see usage data for your own published works. You can see the usage of the books you have published in terms of views, downloads, and online mentions and events. You can also view which countries and institutions are using your books, and which subjects are represented in your collections.

Features to explore:

  • Reset - click “Reset” at the top of the page, or “Reset filters” to the right of the filters selection

  • Search by author name (currently displayed as last name, first name) - learn more in ORCID’s documentation about first and last names)

  • Track usage over time - from the “Overview” page, see which month has the highest usage numbers when all book titles are selected

  • See usage for a specific title - from the “Overview” page, select a book title from the filter and see the total access number

  • See usage across geographic regions - from the “Global Reach” page, select a country from the country filter and see on the number of book downloads and the number of chapter downloads. Countries and territories are based on ISO standard 3166.

Which data sources have country, institution, and city information?

Google Books, JSTOR, and OAPEN Counter 5 usage data have information about usage by country.

JSTOR usage data has information about usage by institution.

OAPEN Counter 4 and Counter 5 usage data has information about usage by city.

How do I use the 'Authors' dashboard?

Select an author of interest to see the usage metrics aggregated for each unique author.

How do I use the 'Subjects' dashboard?

Select a subject of interest to see the usage metrics aggregated for each unique subject.

Does the OAPEN data include both Counter 4 and Counter 5 data?

Unless otherwise noted, OAPEN data includes both Counter 4 data (C4) and Counter 5 data (C5).

How do I use the filters?

By default, filters are set to show all entries.

  • Click on a filter and select the checkbox at the top to select or unselect all items in that list.

  • Click “only” to the right of any item to see results for that item only. You may select multiple items from the list.

  • Use the text field to enter text to search for a particular item.

  • To reset the filter, click "Reset" on the top menu

I’m not yet participating, but can I see a demo?

You may view the BAD template Dashboard, powered by usage data from the University of Michigan Press which they have very kindly made publicly available, with no login details required.

How should I interpret the data from the Dashboard?

Presenting a holistic view of usage information can be difficult, because eBooks can be hosted in multiple repositories and platforms, in different file formats (PDF, EPUB, MOBI, HTML), and in different levels (whole book or by chapter). Each repository provides book content to different audiences in different ways.

Before studying data from the Dashboard, we suggest that you take some time to understand the data sources, including the limitations of comparing different data sources. Learn more about how usage is influenced by the language of the work, its subject, its platform, and seasonal differences in Ronald’s blog post and research paper, “Measured in a context: making sense of open access book data”.


  • For publishers with a smaller number of titles, it’s harder to see a pattern and understand why some get more downloads than others

  • Incomplete data can hamper making accurate comparisons

But all that said, the Dashboard can help you explore some interesting questions!

Publishers, here are some questions the Dashboard data can help you consider:

  • In which countries and territories are my publications most and least downloaded?

  • Does this correspond to the languages in which I’m publishing?

  • Which subjects are most or least popular in different areas?

  • How does this change over time?

How can I share information from the Dashboard?

It’s easy to share information from the Dashboard - you can export data for further exploration in a spreadsheet, and visualisations to share with colleagues.

If sharing is enabled for your Dashboard, click more (three dots icon) > Export (to export in CSV and other formats); and click Download report (at the bottom of the page) to export a PDF report.

When sharing Dashboard information, we recommend including some explanation to help your recipient interpret it in context. For this, you are welcome to reuse information from the section How should I interpret the data from the Dashboard? above, and include links to this documentation.

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