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GOAJ: smaller PDF

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The size of the PDF ebook version of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 bothered me a little (just under 10MB for a 900KB Word file)…

So I tweaked one setting in Nuance PDF Pro and regenerated the PDF.

Which has now been replaced on my personal site, linked to from the project page.

And is now just over two megabytes.

Downside: the crosshatching in free and pay articles by year figures may be cruder. (I reduced the image-quality setting from medium to good: PDF apparently really hates crosshatching.) There should be no other changes--well, come to think of it, I also dropped the cover page. [Thursday, June 9, 2016: dropping the cover was an accident. It’s restored and the file is still just over 2MB–2.2, to be precise.]

Upside: one-fifth the size, one-fifth the download time.

If you want the original or want that cover, you can always get the free PDF from Lulu: I’m not changing that version.


The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014: half off

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Later this week (if all goes well), I’ll announce availability of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015, the comprehensive study of article counts and charges in journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals on December 31, 2015–and some details on the delisting that took place in May 2016.

That study will be free in PDF ebook form (with a CC BY license), thanks to SPARC sponsorship. The dataset will also be free (same license, although where facts are concerned any copyright claim is tricky in the U.S.), and the paperback will be nominally priced.

Some of you may find it useful to have the background of the not-quite-as-comprehensive 2011-2014 predecessor study, published as The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014. That link is for the paperback–but you should really go to, check for special offers (e.g., there may be a 27% print sale on May 30, and there are frequently sales on print books), write down the coupon code if any, then search for the book or use this link. There’s also a PDF ebook version; there are rarely any sales on ebooks.

I’ve reduced the price of each version by 50%, to $30 for the paperback, $27.50 for the ebook. (The paperback may also be available via Amazon, Ingram and B&N; the lower price may eventually show up there.) The listings at the bottom of this blog will continue to show the old prices until I migrate some changes, probably on June 1 or 2, 2016. At some point, the 2011-2014 books will go out of print if there’s no activity (say one copy per month between the two editions).

As for the new book (free as PDF, prob. around $8 as paperback): I’m aiming for June 1, and I’ll publicize it here and on social media. (There will be one project website showing links for the dataset, the books, and the two booklength supplements offering detailed views by subject and by country later this year.) The June 2016 Cites & Insights, an excerpted version of the book (roughly one-third of it), will be out shortly thereafter.

Why you should buy The Gold OA Landscape, for various values of “you.”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The PDF ebook version of The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 appeared on September 10, 2015. To date (nine days short of three months), it has sold three copies.

The paperback version of The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 appeared on September 11, 2015. To date (eight days short of three months), it has apparently sold nine copies (but it’s possible there are November sales on Amazon, Ingram and Barnes & Noble that haven’t yet been reported).

My September 10, 2015 post offered seven good reasons why libraries, OA advocates and OA publishers might want to buy the book. Those reasons are still a good overall set, so I’ll repeat them here, followed by a little comment on “various values of ‘you’.”

Overall reasons “you” should buy this book

  1. It’s the first comprehensive study of actual publishing patterns in gold OA journals (as defined by inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals as of June 15, 2015).
  2. I attempted to analyze all 10,603 journals (that began in 2014 or earlier), and managed to fully analyze 9,824 of them (and I’d say a fully multilingual group would only get 20 more: that’s how many journals I just couldn’t cope with because Chrome/Google didn’t overcome language barriers).
  3. The book offers considerable detail on 9,512 journals (that appear not to be questionable or nonexistent) and what they’ve published from 2011 through 2014, including APC levels, country of publication, and other factors.
  4. It spells out the differences among 28 subject groups (in three major segments) in what’s clearly an extremely heterogeneous field. The 28 pictures of smaller groups of journals are probably more meaningful than the vast picture of the whole field.
  5. If enough people buy this (either edition), an anonymized version of the source spreadsheet will be made available on figshare.
  6. If enough people buy this (either edition), it will encourage continuation of the study for 2015.
  7. Mostly, it’s good to have real data about OA. Do most OA articles involve fees? It depends: in the humanities and social sciences, mostly not; in STEM and biomed, mostly yes. Do most OA journals charge fees? It depends–in biology, yes, but in almost all other fields, no.

Other stuff

Since those first posts, I’ve offered a number of specifics from some chapters (and published an excerpted version of the book–about one-third of it, with none of the graphs–as the October 2015 Cites & Insights. Through yesterday (November 30, 2015), that issue has been downloaded 2,686 times: 1,992 in the single-column format (decidedly preferable in this case), 694 in the traditional print-oriented two-column format.

If one of every ten downloads resulted in a purchased copy (through Lulu), the continuation of this project would be assured for the next two years (assuming I’m still around and healthy). Thar is:

  • An anonymized version of the current spreadsheet would be up on figshare, available for anybody to use.
  • I would carry out a full 2015 study (and update of the existing study) based on DOAJ as of early January 2016.
  • The PDF version of the results would be available for free and the anonymized spreadsheet would be on figshare.
  • The paperback version would be available at a modest price, probably under $25.
  • For 2016 data (DOAJ as of early 2017), the same thing would happen.

Heck, if one out of every fifty downloads resulted in a copy purchased through Lulu, an anonymized version of the current spreadsheet would be up on figshare. (If one out of every ten downloads resulted in an Ingram/B&N/Amazon sale, the spreadsheet would be up and I’d certainly carry out the 2015 study and make the spreadsheet available, but perhaps not the free PDF or minimally-priced paperback.)

Where we are, though, is at a dozen: twelve copies to date. Now, maybe all the advocates and publishers are at the seemingly endless series of open access conferences (or maybe it just seems that way from OATP and twitter coverage) and haven’t gotten around to ordering copies.

It’s interesting (or not) to note that currently shows that 1,230 libraries own copies of Open Access: What You Need to Know Now. Which is still, to be sure, a relevant and worthwhile quick summary of OA.

“It’s early yet,” I continue saying, albeit more softly each time. I don’t want to believe that there’s simply no real support for this kind of real-world detailed measurement of serious Gold OA in action (where “support” has to be measured by willingness to contribute, not just willingness to download freebies), but it’s not looking real promising at the moment. I’ve already seen that a tiny sampling regarding an aspect of OA done by Respectable Scholars will get a lot more coverage and apparent interest than a complete survey, to the extent that disputing the results of that sampling begins to seem useless.

Various values of “you”

What do I believe the book has to offer “you”? A few possibilities:

You, the academic library

If your institution includes a library school (or an i-school), it almost seems like a no-brainer: $55 buys you campuswide electronic access to an in-depth study of an important part of scholarly publishing’s present and future–showing how big a part it already is, its extent in various fields, how much is or isn’t being spent on it, what countries are most involved in each subject, and on and on…

For the rest of you, it seems like you’d also want to have some detailed knowledge of the state of serious gold OA, since that has the best chance of increasing access to scholarly publications and maybe, perhaps, either slowing down the rate of increase in serials costs or even saving some money.

For that matter, if your library is either starting to publish open access journals or administering an APC support fund, shouldn’t you know more about the state of the field? If, for example, you plan a journal in language and linguistics, it should be useful to know that there are more than 500 of them out there; that almost none of them charge APCs; that of those that do, only six charge more than $353; that the vast majority (350) published no more than 18 articles in 2014; and that Brazil is the hotbed of gold OA publishing in these areas. (Those are just examples.)

You, the open access advocate

You really should have this book at hand when you’re reading various commentaries with dubious “facts” about the extent of OA publishing and charges for that publishing.

Too bad there’s no open access activities in the humanities and social sciences? Nonsense! While most serious gold OA journals in this field are relatively small, there are a lot of them–more than 4,000 in all–and they’ve accounted for more than 95,000 articles in each year 2012-2014, just under 100,000 in 2014. More than three-quarters of those articles didn’t involve APCs, and total potential revenues for the segment didn’t reach $10 million in 2014, but there’s a load of activity–with the biggest chunks in Brazil, the United States, Spain, Romania and Canada, but with 22 nations publishing at least 1,000 articles each in 2014 (Singapore is the 22nd).

Those are just a few data points. This book offers a coherent, detailed overview, and I believe it would make you a more effective advocate. And if you deeply believe that readers should never have to pay for anything involved with open access, well, I invite you to help find me grant or institutional funding, so that can happen.

You, the open access publisher

Surely you should know where your journal(s) stand in comparison to the overall shape of OA and of specific fields? Just as surely, you should want this research to continue–and buying the book (or contributing directly) is the way that will happen. (On the other hand, if you publish one of the 65 journals that appear to have malware, you really, truly need to take care of that–and I’ve already published that list for free.)

You, none of the above

If you’re a library person who cares about OA or about the health of your libraries, but you’re not really an advocate, chances are you stopped reading long ago. If not, well, you should also find the book worthwhile.

Otherwise? I suspect that at this point I’m speaking to an empty room, so I’ll stop.

The next update will probably appear when Amazon/B&N/Ingram figures for November appear in my Lulu stream, some time in the next week or two.

Oh: one side note: I mentioned elsewhere that the back cover of the book is just “OA gold” with the ISBN. What I mean by “OA gold” is the precise shade of gold uses in the OA open-lock logo as it appears in Wikimedia. I downloaded the logo and used’s color chooser to make that the background color for the entire cover. (I never was able to get a suitable shade of gold/orange using other techniques.)

Here’s the book cover, in case you weren’t aware of it:



One sale gone, another started: 25%

Friday, November 20th, 2015

When you go to buy my books, always check the Lulu home page for discounts. Just a reminder…

I’m guessing there will be a series of brief sales for a while, but can’t be sure. In the meantime:

SHOP25 as a coupon code gets you 25% off print books (and calendars, if you’re so inclined) from now through November 23, 2015.

Coupon codes are case sensitive.

Another reminder: you’re not decreasing my net revenue (counted toward future research) by using these sale codes–I get the same net revenue.

For various reasons, I took a look yesterday at all-time Lulu sales (it takes me one minute to generate that spreadsheet and not much longer to go through it). I noticed something that, because it’s at such a low level, had slipped my attention.

To wit: yes, occasionally somebody does buy a Cites & Insights Annual edition. Excluding my own copies, there have been sixteen such sales over the years, with the most being 2007 (4 copies) and 2008 (3 copies); the only one with no outside sales to date is the latest, 2015. Since I produce these so I’ll have my own copy (if I include cost of paper and inkjet ink, it’s actually cheaper for me to buy one at my author’s price than it is to print out a new copy of each issue and have Fedex Kinko’s bind it in an ugly Velobind binding–and the result is both more handsome and more usable), this is a nice extra. Of course, it’s also a great way to have past issues on hand…

Double digits!

Friday, November 6th, 2015

I am delighted to say that The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 is now in the double digits, with two Ingram paperback sales and one Amazon paperback sale reported. (I’m guessing that I only see Ingram and Amazon numbers once a month. In terms of progress toward $ goals, three Ingram/Amazon sales equal one 1.3 Lulu sales, but I’m nonetheless delighted to see them.)

The balance still heavily favors print: ten paperback, two PDF site-licensed ebooks. (The ebooks are only available through Lulu because the global marketing channel will only accept ePub ebooks. Don’t ask me.)

Added a bit later: And thanks to, I see that five universities have the book–and that it’s available from Barnes & Noble as well. I think Ingram, B&N and Amazon are the totality of Lulu’s global marketing arrangements…

Cites & Insights 15 now available in paperback

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Cites & Insights 15: 2015 is now available as a 354-page 8.5″x11″ paperback, combining all eleven issues plus indices (exclusive to the book).

As usual, the price is $45.00 (of which roughly half goes to support Cites & Insights).

This year is especially strong on open access (including the most complete survey ever done of gold OA activity) but also includes major essays on the Google Book Project, books, social networks, fair use and more.

(If you buy it today or tomorrow, you can get free shipping by using oupon code USMAIL11–capitals do count and the last two characters are ones. The coupon code is good through November 4, 2015.)

30% sale extended through October 26

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Lulu rarely offers a 30% discount. (For some of my books, that means Lulu’s covering the entire cost of production!)

It’s even rarer for Lulu to offer a flash sale of such magnitude and then extend it.

But that’s what they’ve done: coupon code OCTFLASH30 gets 30% off Lulu print books (one order per customer but as many books as you want in that order) through Monday, October 26, 2015.

Instead of deleting yesterday’s one-day post about the sale, I’ve modified it to reflect the longer term (and to thank the person or persons who not only saved $18 by buying The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 but saved $13.50 each by buying the 2013 and 2014 paperback annual editions of Cites & Insights, including indexes).

The original post is here; what you specifically need to know is coupon code OCTFLASH30 (capitalization does matter!) and that it’s a great time to buy the new book or the annual volumes. (Yes, all net revenues, including those from C&I volumes, will count toward monetary targets for freeing the 2011-2014 data and continuing my OA research.)

If you want to browse all of my currently available Lulu books (including Your Library Is…, a charming little book that’s fairly cheap in any case), go to my Lulu storefront, which also includes the family history books my wife’s written.

Save $18 on The Gold OA Landscape, through 10/26: OCTFLASH30

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Lulu’s having a one-day 30% sale on print books: just use the coupon code


It’s only good today, October 22, 2015 (I’ll delete this post tomorrow).

Update Friday, October 23: To my considerable surprise–this is unusual for such a large discount–Lulu’s extended the 30% sale through Monday, October 26.

That brings The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014, paperback version, down to $42–less than you’d pay at Amazon.

You can buy any number of print books in a single order and get the same 30% discount.

Note that coupon codes are case-sensitive.

Addendum Friday, October 23: I’m delighted to see one sale of The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 yesterday, together with one sale each of the 2013 and 2014 annual paperback compilations of Cites & Insights. If that was all a single purchase, that’s great too. (Yes, I’ll count the net revenue from those purchases, typically $23 to $27 depending on the size of the volume, toward revenue goals for continuing OA research.) At sale prices, the annual paperbacks–which include mediocre indexes and, in most cases, spectacular wraparound photographic covers–cost $31.50 each.)



TGOL approved for global distribution

Friday, September 25th, 2015

I’m delighted to note that The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 should be on its way to being available through outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Ingram.

It could still be rejected by those channels, but it’s on its way (which means that I have now–finally–received my own copy, verified that the ISBN on the back cover and copyright page match, and determined that I’m happy with the way it looks).

So if you’re at a library that finds it much easier to purchase through Ingram or somebody that Ingram supplies, or has an account with Amazon, but can’t cope with Lulu…well, in six to eight weeks (maybe sooner) the paperback should be available. (If you can deal with Lulu, I much prefer that, since I get three times as much net revenue for each copy. And I’m not sure whether other agencies produce copies using the same great cream/60lb. paper Lulu uses or not…although I’ll assume they do.)

[Yes, the cover could stand a little tweaking, as my wife informs me–but whether or when that will happen is another thing. After all, several people alreoa14c300ady have or have ordered the current version, slightly low author’s name and all. Incidentally: the gold background is precisely the color of the OA open lock; I downloaded a version of that icon from Wikimedia and used’s color selector to choose that color. That Excel’s orange/gold in the blue/orange graph scheme is very close to that color, is a happy accident. I think.]


The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 PDF now explicitly site-licensed

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

If you’re thinking about acquiring The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 in PDF form for your library, you might want to know this:

In addition to adding this statement in the Cites & Insights Book banner (at the bottom of this blog, the Cites & Insights home page and my personal website):

All Cites & Insights PDF ebooks are explicitly site-licensed for mounting on a library’s server and providing to authenticated users. That includes The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014, A Library Is…, Beyond the Damage and any others.

I’ve revised the PDF version to add the following text on the copyright page:

This PDF ebook is explicitly licensed to be stored on a library’s server and made available to authenticated users of that library without concurrency limits.

Hope this helps; the price hasn’t changed and it’s still the first and only comprehensive (not sampled) study of serious gold open access publishing, that is, journals included in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

More information in the original announcement.