GOA8: Week 2

Somewhat unfortunately (see below), this was a very productive week, with 1,300 more journals checked, The overall counts at this point are 2,300 journals checked, of which 2,032 published 144,531 articles in 2022 and 2,146 published 147,617 articles in 2021.

Why somewhat unfortunately? Because–in addition to the speed with which BMC journals could be checked–that 1,300 came about partly because we had to skip two of our daily walks and I had to skip the usual Wednesday morning hike: just too wet. [Fortunately, our house is at the top of a rise, at 550 feet above sea level, and while Livermore’s regional parks were closed because of flooding and water hazards, we didn’t have flooding. Looking forward to the weeklong dry spell we’re supposed to get starting Monday–as long as it’s not the beginning of a months-long dry spell, as happened last year.]

Meanwhile, some details–and these will always be about the full dataset to date, not this week’s portion.

  • Fee versus diamond/no-fee: 809 journals with fees, 1,491 without,
  • New vs. continuing: 283 newly-added, 2017 continuing.
  • Need rechecking: 310 will be rechecked (including all of the “x”status below).
  • Status code: 2,091 “a”–clean and done. 57 “bi”– inactive (no articles since at least 2020). 13 “bx”–done but at a different URL. 12 “xd”–defunct, no articles since at least 2016. 28 “xm”–malware (but not last year). 4 “xn”–not an OA journal. 77 “xx”–unreachable or unworkable. And the two oddities: 11 “xm2”–malware, as was true last year; and 6 “xx2”–unreachable, as was true last year.
  • Ease of article counting (added 1/15):
    “d” 1,099: easiest, taken directly from DOAJ
    “w” 235: easy, journal website provides direct numbers at either volume or issue number
    “f” 716: middling; numbers calculated using Find function for constants (e.g. “doi.” or “pdf”)
    “c” 113: slowest; articles counted manually.

I am seeing suggestions that even the modest $28/year I spend for Malwarebytes Pro (which covers my wife’s notebook as well) is needless, that there’s no need to pay for security beyond Windows builtin functions. I’m not willing to take that chance, and can give you about 30 reasons so far [some of the 39 were certificate problems that Windows itself absolutely catches.

Where am I? The 2,300th journal is the Mesopotamia Journal of Agriculture, published in Iraq by the College of Agriculture. It has a $100 fee and published 36 articles in 2022

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