Archive for 2018

Stone fruit season

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

I love stone fruit season, and we’re in the (early) middle of it right now.

Brook and Index cherries are mostly gone, but Bings are coming in. (Rainiers too, but local Rainiers rarely seem to be a good as those from Oregon/Washington.)

Apricots have been available for a few weeks, and really good for the last two weeks, but this week they’re just plain wonderful–especially an apparently-unknown variety that two Pleasanton farmers’ market vendors had (both, I think, from Stanislaus County, but they’re neither the Patterson nor the Modesto variety). We have a LOT of apricots at home now, and they will get eaten with great pleasure.

Pluots are still early–mostly FlavorRosa–but there should be many more varieties to come. Also some plumcots, peachcots, apriums and, maybe, the rare apricot/plum/peach combo.

Not to forget nectarines and peaches (esp. saturn/donut peaches)…

These are all fairly local (within 150-200 miles, and the apricots within 90 miles or so). mostly organic, all from farmers’ markets. It’s extremely rare to find supermarket apricots with the depth of flavor of good farmers’ market cots: I’m guessing that the varieties that ship and store well just aren’t as potent. (See tomatoes…)

I’m guessing that, no matter where you live, there’s a farmers’ market within 20-30 miles offering some really good local produce. Take advantage of it! [At least where we are, farmers’ market vendors have signs saying where they farm and have certification that it’s all California produce, with separate certification if they’re organic. Most also have “we grow what we sell” signs.]

[I did a thought experiment for what it would mean to “eat local”–everything grown/produced within, say, 150 miles. Here, of course, the Bay Area is unusually blessed. I’d have to give up coffee, chocolate, and pineapples, and that’s pretty much it. ]

Cites & Insights 18.4 now out–Subject Supplement to GOAJ3

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

The July 2018 Cites & Insights (18.4) is now available for downloading at

The 76-page issue consists of the Subject Supplement to GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017. (As always. links for all portions of all GOAJ editions live at

This subject supplement differs from last year’s version in two ways (apart from having entirely new data):

  1. As with Gold Open Access Journals by Country 2012-2017, I have forgone added commentary to focus on facts and figures while retaining a reasonable length.
  2. With the exception of Medicine, every subject’s list of articles by country includes all OAWorld countries with at least 20 articles in 2017 (APCLand is treated as a country), much more complete lists than last year, with several lists taking more than a page. (The Medicine list would be at least three pages long.)

The article closes with a series of questions to elicit feedback for future editions of GOAJ, if any. Your feedback is appreciated.

Gold Open Access Journals by Country 2012-2017

Monday, June 4th, 2018

I’m delighted to announce that Gold Open Access Journals by Country 2012-2017 is now available as a $7.50 trade paperback from Lulu and as a free PDF ebook at my own website.

As always, links are also on the Gold Open Access Journals page.

Some quick notes:

  • This book is not equivalent to the two Countries of OAWorld editions: it includes all journals for each country, including those in APCLand. That makes a huge difference for nine countries and smaller differences for 20 others.
  • That inclusion also means that regional tables and graphs, included in full, are different than the regional chapters in GOAJ3.
  • The paperback is $7.50 because it’s longer; I get $0.17 out of each sale.
  • Yes, there will be a questionnaire/survey of some sort before the next GOAJ round (if there is one)…
  • The subject supplement will appear as the July 2018 issue of Cites & Insights (18.4), almost certainly some time before June 25 (if not, it may not appear until early July, as I’m likely to be out of commission for a few days). Note that the link in this paragraph will yield a 404 error until Cites & Insights 18.4 is actually published.
  • Thanks once again to SPARC for sponsorship of the GOAJ project–and to DOAJ for its support.
  • If there’s a formatting error or two, almost certainly a label row not bolded or numeric values not right-aligned, mea culpa. I’ve proofread the Word document three times and PDF versions twice, but with hundreds of tables, I may still have missed something. (Actual data errors are less likely, as, other than the paragraph at the start of each chapter, everything is done by copy-and-paste from Excel. Without the magic of pivot tables that refresh as data is changed, this book would not have been feasible.)

Oops: Figshare dataset renamed

Monday, June 4th, 2018

I just noticed that I gave the Figshare dataset for GOAJ3 an incorrect name, using “Gray” rather than “Gold.”

I can’t find a way to modify the dataset title now that it’s published (and, indeed, find Figshare’s editing routines generally oblique, probably because I don’t use it often enough), so I’ve created a second Figshare dataset at

The two datasets are identical; only the name and description have changed. The master file now includes both datasets. There’s no good reason to download the new one if you’ve already downloaded the incorrectly-titled one.

Cites & Insights 18:3 (June 2018) available

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Cites & Insights 18:3 (June 2018) is now available for downloading at

The 76-page issue is basically a shorter version of GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017 for those who aren’t ready to read the whole thing (links here):

GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017, chapters 1-7    pp. 2-76

The first seven chapters of the 19-chapter book, providing the key findings. (The full book is a free PDF download or a $5 trade paperback.)

GOAJ2 May update and GOAJ3 First report

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Time to start reporting on readership for GOAJ3 (unfortunately missing most of today, 5/31, likely to have dozens of downloads)–and, for now, I’ll keep reporting on GOAJ2 as well.

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

GOAJ3: 2012-2017

  • The dataset: 24 views, 2 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 144 PDF ebooks

Goaj2: 2011-2016

  • The dataset: 456 views, 88 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 1,662 PDF ebooks (and two paperbacks), plus 1,246 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 703 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 1,790 copies

Gray OA

Why is the gray OA dataset the most widely used? Who knows?

GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017

Monday, May 28th, 2018

I’m delighted to announce that GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017 is now available–as a $5 trade paperback, a free PDF download (identical to the interior of the paperback, with a cover page added), and as a dataset on Figshare.

The project is sponsored by SPARC. The book, ebook and dataset are all covered by Creative Commons BY 4.0 licenses: any reuse is legal as long as attribution is provided. (You can redistribute, but if you send links instead, I can count uses, which can help determine whether to do another year.)

As always, you’ll find links at

Coming soon:

Expect a very different Countries version in a week or two, and a subject supplement some time this summer.

If I’m more absent than usual in late June/early July…

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

…you can thank PSA 18, Gleason 8, RALP 1. For a few of you, that may be all you need to know.

Oh, and for the RALP: I can reasonably claim to be a 60-year-old in terms of probable life expectancy. That’s important.

The longer story:

I have prostate cancer, as confirmed through an MRI and an MRI-guided ultrasound-based biopsy (an interesting procedure involving overlays for precision targeting, which I was watching as it took place), and with no apparent metastasis or leakage (as confirmed through a full-body bone scan).

The 60-year-old part involves the discussion leading up to final choice of action (which was not the original recommendation, based on my chronological age). After that discussion, involving some reading, my family’s record, and my own health record, we’ve decided on a RALP–Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Protastectomy. I say “we” advisedly: my wife, the smart one in the household (and a retired librarian/library director as well as top-notch systems analyst), was definitely involved, and the urologist/oncologist was definitely listening carefully as we discussed things.

[The cancer is at a level with a substantial risk of recurrence some years down the road; this option means Plan B–radiation and hormone deprivation–is a followup if needed, while the reverse is not true.]

That will take place in late June, with one more day of pre-surgery stuff earlier in June.

Also between now and then, I expect to be helping with landscaping what was our back lawn (with some pleasure, I freecycled our electric mower and trimmer this week, as neither will be needed in the future), doing heavy lifting and moving stuff around and helping to select river rocks, given that I may not be in a position to do much lifting for a few weeks afterwards…

What this may mean for things anyone else would care about:

  • GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017 will not be delayed. It should be out in the first half of June. (Basically, it’s done, and set aside for a week before doing final proofreading and prepping for publication.)
  • Gold Open Access by Country 2012-2017–which is not a direct new edition of The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2016–could possibly be delayed until July, but probably not: I’d expect it to be out some time in June.
  • The subject supplement issue of C&I probably will be delayed until July or even August.
  • I will be even less good about catching up on social networks, quite probably completely losing 2-4 days in late June and possibly more. I’m already giving up on tweets or timeline items more than 2-4 hours old so I can spend more time on the project and on health/household matters.

Otherwise? We shall see how it goes. I’m generally very healthy (I’m still not on any prescription medicines, which I suspect is rare for my age), and see no reason this will make me less so after a recovery period. Unless I decide to just sit around watching old movies and daytime TV, which may be just right for 2-3 days but seems implausible longer-term.

The biggest no-fee OA publishers?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

A quickie post, partly to see if anybody reads this without social network publicity:

Which publishers publish the most *no-fee* gold open access–that is, articles in 2017 in DOAJ-listed journals that don’t charge APCs?

I have an idea, and I’ll check it later today or some time tomorrow.

Meanwhile: candidates?

The Big Reveal

OK, so nobody much reads this stuff without prompting. No surprise there.

I had two obvious candidates, and I was half right.

In descending order, the publishers with the most 2017 articles in no-fee DOAJ-listed journals are:

Elsevier (14,919)
EDP Sciences (9,857)
De Gruyter Open (8,403)
Wolters Kluwer Medknow (6,329)
Springer (5,653–but add 744 for BioMed Central)
MDPI AG (5,653)

No others with 2,000 or more articles.

GOAJ2: April 2018 update

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Here’s how things are going for GOAJ2: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2016 and The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2016 and related stuff (all linked to from the project home page), through April 30, 2018 [noting that most of the last day of each month is missing because of how statistics are done]:

  • The dataset: 427 views, 84 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 1,568 PDF ebooks (and two paperbacks), plus 1,101 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 627 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 1,624 copies

Looking at the rest of gold OA (beyond DOAJ), Gray OA 2012-2016 has now been downloaded 2,474 times, while Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, released in October 2017, has 1,134 downloads. The respective datasets have 145 downloads and 17 downloads.