Archive for January, 2020

A few notes on the first 2,000

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Followup: some notes on the first 2,000 journals–partly to show just how unrepresentative any sample is. Compare this to the first 1,000… This is not at all a representative sample (I sort by publisher, then journal, because that speeds things up).

A few items do seem interesting.

  • Of the 1,866 journals for which data has been recorded (134 are either unavailable or have malware issues), 692 have fees. (Easy explanation: BMC’s 360-odd journals are in the second 1,000; almost all have fees.)
  • Of that 692, I find that ninehave submission fees–and 19 others have both submission and processing fees. 60 others have fees that vary based on article length (I don’t record that if the surcharge begins at 11 pages or higher).
  • In 345 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: 65 of the 134 for which I don’t yet have data recorded were flagged by Malwarebytes–an uncomfortably high figure (but about half of those are in one series). 52 others don’t seem to be there…and two aren’t OA journals, AFAICT
  • In 34 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.

Paperback version of C&I 19 now available

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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The paperback version of Cites & Insights 2019, including indexes that are exclusive to that version, is now available from Lulu for $25. (I plan to adjust all C&I prices to a standard level, for the final year of availability, in the near future.)

The cover for this final paperback builds on nine previous cover images.

You can find it directly at http://www.lulu.com/shop/walt-crawford/cites-insights-19-2019/paperback/product-24393000.html

(or just go to Lulu and search for Cites & Insights 2019).

If you hurry, you can use coupon code ONEFIVE and save 15%–good through January 16.

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.