GOA6: Seventh note

Time for another GOA6 checkpoint, at 11,200 of 15,676.

Note that, as before, I sort journals by publisher before checking–because many multijournal publishers use the same templates for all journals, making it easier for me to find fee data and do article counts.

For GOA6, that means I’ve now checked through publisher Universidad de Guadalajara and title Sincronía. So far, the 2020 article count is 860,506, and that will almost certainly go up. The 2019 total for this set of journals is 741,882 articles.

Last year, that range of publishers included 9,986 journals, which published 711,296 articles in 2019. So there’s a net gain of 1,214 added journals so far.

For this group of 1,600 journals–ignoring the first 9,600–problematic journals include 53 malware cases, 98 unreachable/unworkable, six non-OA journals (registration required), a few assorted situations, and 29 that had to be found at a different address. Some 20-odd of the 98 are almost certainly very temporary: the second half of a university’s journals all had DNS failures, the morning after the first half were fine.

Looking more closely at the malware cases for these 1,600 journals, there are seven security-certificate problem, three malware in general, six phishing and 36 Trojans.

How confident am I that we’ll reach a million articles? Well, the remaining 4,467 journals had 140,498 articles in 2019, so unless there are fewer articles in 2020 and no gain from the remaining newly-added journals (about 567 of them), it seems likely.

I’ve been running a bit ahead of expected schedule. That may slow down for a bit, for reasons that relate to April 15 and for other non-study reasons. But it’s looking good to complete the first scan by the end of April, followed by the slower second scan and final malware check…

By the way: I *love* to see other studies based on this work, including the spreadsheet, but if you’re planning such a study, please read the book– https://waltcrawford.name/goa5.pdf , or blow $11 on the color paperback at Lulu. There are some useful caveats and other subtleties that aren’t in the spreadsheet.

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