Archive for May, 2018

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 Prostastectomy. 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. OK, things went well–and thanks to lower back pain, I couldn’t help my wife as much as I’d hoped. It’s out now,
  • 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.