GOA8: Week 3

Before providing an updated set of counts, a note about likely schedule: It’s become obvious that (a) the changes in handling this year are working well, potentially much better than expected and (b) as a result, I haven’t the foggiest notion how long this is all going to take–almost certainly not as long as my previous pessimistic estimates, fortunately. I now believe “sometime in the spring” is the most useful estimate for completing the first data gathering pass–and, with varying degrees of luck and other stuff, maybe the second pass, data normalizing, and adding derived data columns. It’s even possible that I’ll start on the book and published dataset during very late spring (that is, before July 1), but that’s less likely.

The change in numbers is astonishing, both because things went well this week and because I encountered EDP Sciences and its set of Web of Conferences megajournals and have started in on Elsevier.

Now the numbers:

This was an even more productive week, with 1,400 more journals checked, The overall counts at this point are 3,700 journals checked, of which 3,235 published 240,270 articles in 2022 and 3,431 published 258,091 articles in 2021.

Some details–as always, about the full dataset to date, not this week’s portion.

  • Fee versus diamond/no-fee: 1,359 journals with fees, 2,341 without,
  • New vs. continuing: 458 newly-added, 3,242 continuing.
  • Need rechecking: 538 will be rechecked (including all of the “x”status below).
  • Status code:
    3,311 “a”–clean.
    86 “bi”– inactive (no articles since at least 2020).
    20 “bx”–done but at a different URL.
    18 “xd”–defunct, no articles since at least 2016.
    28 “3m”–malware (but not last year).
    8 “xn”–not an OA journal.
    1367 “xx”–unreachable or unworkable.
    And the two oddities:
    75 “xm2”–malware,also malware last year
    8 “xx2”–unreachable or unworkable, as was true last year.
  • Ease of article counting articles:
    “d” 1,925: easiest, taken directly from DOAJ
    “w” 290: easy, journal website provides direct numbers at either volume or issue number
    “f” 1,054: middling; numbers calculated using Find function for constants (e.g. “doi.” or “pdf”)
    “c” 164: slowest; articles counted manually.

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