Halfway through: a quick note on GOAJ16

As of a few minutes ago I’m just over halfway through the initial data gathering pass for Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2016 (that date range may turn out to be 2011-2016 if I can figure out the formatting: I’m gathering/keeping the 2011 data).

That is: I’ve done 4,740 journals, and there are 4,710 left to do. (I do them 20 at a time–which can take anywhere from half an hour to two hours or more–so the precise halfway point wasn’t a good place to pause.)

A few tidbits on the first 4,740:

  • 784 of them will be checked again no earlier than April, either because there were problems or because they seemed likely to have more 2016 articles/issues posted a bit later in 2017.
  • 685 of those checked so far are new to the list–but only 50 of those actually started publishing in 2016.
  • 4,346 so far are “good”–tagged either A or B.
  • 36 are duplicates, either cases of slight changes in titles or two language versions or…: in each case, if I catch it. only one gets counted.
  • The rest have some problem–malware, unreachable, unusable, etc. All those will be revisited.
  • 2,621 do not charge APCs; 1,919 do have stated APCs.

Nothing profound. Just a 15-minute break before heading back to the process. I may or may not be halfway through in terms of time required: note that “half hour to two hours or more” range. At least I know the first 20 of the second half will be quick (the rest of Libertas Academica, now part of Sage: predictable layout and easy to count by year of publication).

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