GOA6: Sixth Report

Time for another GOA6 checkpoint, at 9,600 of 15,676–and this one’s a mixed bag.

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 SpringerOpen and and title Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering. So far, the 2020 article count is 789,685, and that will almost certainly go up slightly. The 2019 total for this set of journals is 672,583 articles.

Last year, that range of publishers included 8,614 journals, which published 640,867 articles in 2019. So there’s a net gain of 986 added journals so far.

For this group of 1,600 journals–ignoring the first 8,000–problematic journals include 46 malware cases, 86 unreachable/unworkable, one non-OA journal (registration required)–and the unfortunate part, 249 that had to be found at a different address. A few of those are DergiPark, but most are Sciendo, because parent company DeGruyter implemented a new website that broke all the links to journals it had moved to Sciendo, and hasn’t yet updated DOAJ records. (They’d all be unreachable, but I saw the problem and managed a workaround of sorts.)

I have thoughts about DeGruyter/Sciendo. I will not burden you with them.

Looking more closely at the malware cases for these 1,600 journals, there are eight security-certificate problem, one exploit, one spyware, one malware in general, seven phishing–and 28 Trojans.

Now, on to the next 1,600…

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