GOA8: Week Seven

As anticipated, some additional slowdowns–but that big publisher did indeed help. So, well, this week was not quite as productive as last, but not bad.

Before the counts, another reminder: I need feedback about whether/what to do with countries, and specifically whether a Diamond OA book makes sense. See https://walt.lishost.org/2023/02/goa8-new-direction-on-countries/.

So:  1,100 more journals checked.

The overall counts at this point are 8,600 journals checked, of which 7,589 published 925,671 articles in 2022 and 7,976 published 834,598 articles in 2021. The eagle-eyed among you may note the enormous increase in article counts: Even though I’m less than halfway through, there are more than 900,000 articles. Why? That same Big Publisher, MDPI, which accounted for just under 237,000 articles in 2021 and around 297,500 in 2022 (it’s growth is actually slowing in percentage terms: it had around 160,000 in 2020 and 97,000 in 2019.) As for revenue, well, MDPI appeared to have a possible fees revenue of more than $640 million (USD) in 2022.

Of the 10,169 journals left to do, more than 4,700 are in the “Univ…” category, and usually small.  The remaining journals showed 467,301 articles in 2021, so it’s reasonable to assume that this year’s total will be at around 1.4 million articles, but that’s a really rough estimate.

The rest of the numbers:

  • Fee versus diamond/no-fee: 3,302 journals with fees, 5,298 without.
  • New vs. continuing: 1,079 newly-added, 7,521 continuing (including all of the “x”status below).
  • Status code:
    7,660 “a”–clean.
    193 “bi”– inactive (no articles since at least 2020).
    37 “bx”–done but at a different URL.
    57 “xd”–defunct, no articles since at least 2016.
    127 “xm”–malware (but not last year).
    16 “xn”–not an OA journal (including those removed this year but before I get to them).
    348 “xx”–unreachable or unworkable.
    And the two oddities:
    137 “xm2”–malware,also malware last year
    25 “xx2”–unreachable or unworkable, as was true last year.
  • Ease of article counting articles:
    “d” 4,842: easiest, taken directly from DOAJ (sometimes with 2022 count modified)
    “w” 583: easy, journal website provides direct numbers at either volume or issue number
    “f”  2,237: middling; numbers calculated using Find function for constants (e.g. “doi.” or “pdf”)
    “c” 327: slowest; articles counted manually.


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