Notes on journals 6,001-8,000


Followup: some notes on the next 2,000 journals in my scan of DOAJ; compare to the first 6,000… (I sort by publisher, then journal, because that speeds things up). Since these notes combine 6,001-8,000, they may usefully be compared to the set of notes on journals 6,001–7,000

A few items do seem interesting.

  • Of the 1,905 journals for which data has been recorded (95 are either unavailable or have malware issues), 707 (37%) have fees.
  • Of that 707, I find that five (still) have submission fees rather than processing fees–and eight others have both submission and processing fees. 59 others have fees that vary based on article length (I don’t record that if the surcharge begins at 11 pages or higher) or author count. Four have membership or similar fee requirements, and two are questionable.
  • In 51 of the 430 cases, I gathered the fee status and amount from the DOAJ record because it was not easy to locate within the journal’s website. That’s also the case for 210 journals with (apparently) no fees: info is from DOAJ rather than the journal website.
  • Malware is still with us: 32 of the 95 missing cases have malware; 43 are missing or useless; one requires a login, which makes it not an OA journals; and 12 are dead or duplicates (most duplicates are renamed journals, with the old name still appearing.
  • In 43 cases where I do have data, the URL in DOAJ did not yield the website but a journal title search in Chrome did yield the website.

Another guesstimate on totals

Journals 6,001-8,000 add a lot of articles: the first 6,000 had just under 353,000 articles (that figure will increase on the second round of counting, but probably not by much), while the next 2,000 have over 222,000 (same remark). With more than 6,000 journals left to go, the 2019 article count is already over 597,000.

Comparing where I am in this year’s survey with the comparable point last year (that is, the same point in a publisher/journal sort), a straight projection would yield just under 829,000 articles for 2019. Such a projection is heavily flawed, but I now believe there’s a better than even chance that the figure will be more than 800,000. (I started this year’s count hoping for “14 and 800”: 14,000 fully analyzed journals and 800,000 articles. Hard to say whether that will be the case; to reach 14,000, a fair number of problematic journals need to be fixed. Last year, they were.



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