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A few notes on the first 6,000

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Followup: some notes on the first 6,000 journals in my scan of DOAJ; compare to the first 5,000… (I sort by publisher, then journal, because that speeds things up).

Just for fun–and NOT MEANINGFUL at least partly because a number of journals will show larger numbers or have problems cleared up in the “recount” segment–I’m also comparing this to the equivalent portion of the 2019 scan (that is, the same breakpoint for publisher and journal).

A few items do seem interesting.

  • Of the 5,555 journals for which data has been recorded (445 are either unavailable or have malware issues), 1,981 (36%) have fees.
  • Of that 1,981, I find that 19 have submission fees rather than processing fees–and 36 others have both submission and processing fees. 178 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.
  • In 118 of the 1,981 cases, I gathered the fee status and amount from the DOAJ record because it was not easy to locate within the journal’s website. (The higher number last time included no-fee cases, where that wasn’t obvious from the site.) This is a much better number!
  • Malware is still with us: 177 of the 445 for which I don’t yet have data recorded were flagged by Malwarebytes–an uncomfortably high figure. 147 others don’t seem to be there or are unworkable…and ten aren’t OA journals, AFAICT. (Yes, I’m sending DOAJ problems in chunks; yes, I hope we/they can reduce the malware count to a trivial amount as they did last year. The big trouble spots so far are Indonesia with 64 cases, Brazil with 46 and Romania with 15.)
  • In 117 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.

One extra note

This will be the last set of trivial notes covering the first chunk of the scan. If I do more notes, they’ll start with the 6,001st journal–that is, any comparisons would leave out the first 6,000. (But I might see whether anybody’s reading these or whether I’m wasting the 15-20 minutes to write them…)

GOA4: January 2020 update

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Readership for the new edition and GOAJ3. I changed hosts in January, and in the process lost statistics for January 1-20, 2016–and I’m no longer bothering to report paperback sales (essentially none) or GOAJ3 Cites & Insights numbers. (These figures lack 1/31: I may be able to fix that in February.)

All links available from the project home page, as always.

GOA4: 2013-2018

  • The dataset: 439 views, 137 downloads.
  • GOA4: 1,746 PDF ebooks
  • Countries 4: 389 PDF ebooks
  • Subjects and Publishers: 300 PDF ebooks

GOAJ3: 2012-2017

  • The dataset: 1,735 views, 314 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 3,699 PDF ebooks
  • Countries: 1,141 PDF ebooks

Gold Open Access 2014-2019: Announcement and a Question

Monday, January 27th, 2020

There will be a Gold Open Access 2014-2019: Articles in Journals (GOA5), probably out in summer or very late spring. It will be similar to GOA4, but covering a lot more journals (starting with more than 14,000!). As before, thanks to SPARC for underwriting this project and assuring that all results are freely available.

As usual, there will be a spreadsheet on figshare, a free PDF ebook (also available as a paperback priced at the cost of production), and another free/nominal PDF ebook detailing journals by country.

The question: should I do the final piece, a second version of Gold Open Access 2013-2018: Subject and Publisher Profiles?

To put it another way: do a significant number of you find those profiles valuable–enough to warrant an extra week or two of my time? (That’s partly to do a little publisher normalizing, mostly to generate the tables and add a sentence or two on each publisher.)

Last year’s version saw 279 ebook downloads, about half as many as the previous year’s subject coverage in Cites & Insights. I find the profiles interesting, but I’m not sure they’re worthwhile. If I drop the extra publication, I’ll expand the subject coverage in Gold Open Access 2014-2019, making that book a little longer–and the publisher profiles will just disappear.

If you have an opinion, you can comment here or send me email at waltcrawford@gmail.com. Comments are typically open for two weeks.

A few notes on the first 1000

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

I’ve started gathering data for GOA5–articles from 2014 through 2019–and have reached the first milestone, the first 1,000 journals. This is not at all a representative sample (I sort by publisher, then journal, because that speeds things up)–to suggest that 7% of a wildly heterogeneous set of journals is representative would be to commit the kind of error that only true academics can get away with.

But a few items do seem interesting.

  • Of the 946 journals for which data has been recorded (54 are either unavailable or have malware issues), 273 have fees.
  • Of that 273, I find that seven have submission fees–and 19 others have both submission and processing fees. 46 others have fees that vary based on article length (I don’t record that if the surcharge begins at 11 pages or higher).
  • In 221 of the 946 cases, I gathered the fee status and amount from the DOAJ record because it was not easy to locate within the journal’s website.
  • Malware is still with us: 23 of the 54 for which I don’t yet have data recorded were flagged by Malwarebytes. 29 others don’t seem to be there…
  • In 21 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.

That’s it for now. Nothing earth-shattering. Are submission fees a growing trend? It’s way too early to say.

GOA4: December 2019 update

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019


Readership for the new edition and GOAJ3. As always, readership figures omit most of the last day of each month, because of the tools available.

All links available from the project home page, as always.

GOA4: 2013-2018

  • The dataset: 391 views, 117 downloads.
  • GOA4: 1,708 PDF ebooks and one paperback.
  • Countries 4: 382 PDF ebooks
  • Subjects and Publishers: 279 PDF ebooks

GOAJ3: 2012-2017

  • The dataset: 1,675 views, 307 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 3,691 PDF ebooks + 450 copies of first few chapters (C&I 18.3)
  • Countries: 1,133 PDF ebooks
  • Subject supplement (C&I 18.4): 576 downloads
  • One paperback

 

 

 



GOA4: October 2019 Update

Thursday, October 31st, 2019


Readership for the new edition and GOAJ3. As always, readership figures omit most of the last day of each month, because of the tools available.

All links available from the project home page, as always.

GOA4: 2013-2018

  • The dataset: 307 views, 80 downloads.
  • GOA4: 1,476 PDF ebooks and one paperback.
  • Countries 4: 363 PDF ebooks
  • Subjects and Publishers: 259 PDF ebooks

GOAJ3: 2012-2017

  • The dataset: 1,602 views, 268 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 3,627 PDF ebooks + 438 copies of first few chapters (C&I 18.3)
  • Countries: 1,215 PDF ebooks
  • Subject supplement (C&I 18.4): 566 downloads
  • One paperback



GOA4: September 2019 Update

Monday, September 30th, 2019


Readership for the new edition and GOAJ3. As always, readership figures omit most of the last day of each month, because of the tools available.

All links available from the project home page, as always.

GOA4: 2013-2018

  • The dataset: 273 views, 63 downloads.
  • GOA4: 1,281 PDF ebooks and one paperback.
  • Countries 4: 302 PDF ebooks
  • Subjects and Publishers: 241 PDF ebooks

GOAJ3: 2012-2017

  • The dataset: 1,555 views, 255 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 3,593 PDF ebooks + 436 copies of first few chapters (C&I 18.3)
  • Countries: 1,101 PDF ebooks
  • Subject supplement (C&I 18.4): 558 downloads
  • One paperback



GOA4: August 2019 update

Saturday, August 31st, 2019


Readership for the new edition and GOAJ3. As always, readership figures omit most of the last day of each month, because of the tools available.

All links available from the project home page, as always.

GOA4: 2013-2018

  • The dataset: 249 views, 53 downloads.
  • GOA4: 1,063 PDF ebooks and one paperback.
  • Countries 4: 255 PDF ebooks
  • Subjects and Publishers: 154 PDF ebooks

GOAJ3: 2012-2017

  • The dataset: 1,510 views, 230 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 3,554 PDF ebooks + 423 copies of first few chapters (C&I 18.3)
  • Countries: 1,075 PDF ebooks
  • Subject supplement (C&I 18.4): 549 downloads
  • One paperback



Cites & Insights 19:4 (August 2019) Available

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Cites & Insights 19:4 (August 2019) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ19i4.pdf

The 42-page issue consists of a single essay:

Intersections: Open Access Issues pp. 1-42

Thirty-odd items in six subtopic groups, not including items for future roundups (“preditorials,” colors and licenses, DOAJ, and Big Deals including the UC/BigE situation).

GOA4: July 2019 update

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Readership for the new edition and GOAJ3. As always, readership figures omit most of the last day of each month, because of the tools available.

All links available from the project home page, as always.

GOA4: 2013-2018

  • The dataset: 207 views, 3 downloads.
  • GOA4: 833 PDF ebooks and one paperback.
  • Countries 4: 201 PDF ebooks
  • Subjects and Publishers: 113 PDF ebooks

GOAJ3: 2012-2017

  • The dataset: 1,463 views, 195 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 3,428 PDF ebooks + 405 copies of first few chapters (C&I 18.3)
  • Countries: 1,044 PDF ebooks
  • Subject supplement (C&I 18.4): 517 downloads
  • One paperback