There are several key data features to keep in mind:
Scholarly data shown in REDS are public in nature and simply compiled from public sources by Academic Analytics.
Academic Analytics only captures federal
grants with the exception of those from the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the Institute of Museum and Library Studies.
Currently, chapters in books or edited volumes are not captured by Academic Analytics.
Academic Analytics only captures journal publications and conference proceedings with Digital Object Identifiers
. DOI Registration Agencies charge fees (often linked to publication revenue) for their services. Thus, small journals or publishers with austere finances may not be able to afford the use of DOIs.
Overall, data are most complete in scholarly fields that focus on journal publications and federal grants. The data will be less complete--and thus less reflective of the full work of scholars--in some fields in the arts and humanities.
Article and conference proceedings data in REDS currently extend from 2004 to the present (though not necessarily "up to the minute"). Books, grants, and awards data reach back even further.
Grant data is only included for Principal Investigators, and not for Co-Principal Investigators.
Citations to books or from books to journal articles are not captured by Academic Analytics.
Patents and patent disclosures are not captured by Academic Analytics.
Artistic displays, exhibitions, products, and performances are not included in the Academic Analytics database.