GOA8: Week Ten

Surprisingly, this week was a little better than last (thanks partly to SpringerOpen)–but the side-effects of the therapy are getting worse (as expected), and the next two weeks will see an hour each day moved from a more productive to a less productive time (it’s complicated), so I’ll be happy if I reach 1,000 journals per week for those two weeks. In the long run, unless the fatigue gets a lot worse, I can reasonably predict that the data gathering will be done in spring, and it’s likely that the primary book and dataset will be done in spring.

Before the counts, yet 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-couIntries/. At the moment I’m inclined to think Diamond Open Access 2022: The Global Landscape of No-Fee OA (current working title) may be worthwhile (prob. a fairly hefty book, free PDF as always, production-priced paperback), but I could sure use some additional feedback/support for this entirely optional (and unpaid) extra.

So:  1,200 more journals checked.

The overall counts at this point:
12,200 journals checked, of which
10,802 published 1,169,079 articles in 2022 and
10,802 published 1,067,870 articles in 2021.

The rest of the numbers:

  • Fee versus diamond/no-fee: 4,409 journals with fees, 7,791 without.
  • New vs. continuing: 1,516 newly-added, 10,684 continuing (including all of the “x”status below).
  • Status code:
    10,887 “a”–clean.
    296 “bi”– inactive (no articles since at least 2020).
    51 “bx”–done but at a different URL.
    82 “xd”–defunct, no articles since at least 2016.
    190 “xm”–malware (but not last year).
    27 “xn”–not an OA journal (including those removed this year but before I got to them).
    458 “xx”–unreachable or unworkable.
    And the two oddities:
    172 “xm2”–malware,also malware last year
    37 “xx2”–unreachable or unworkable, as was true last year.
  • Ease of article counting articles:
    “d” 6,841: easiest, taken directly from DOAJ (sometimes with 2022 count modified)
    “w” 2,693: easy, journal website provides direct numbers at either volume or issue number
    “f”  3,166: middling; numbers calculated using Find function for constants (e.g. “doi.” or “pdf”)
    “c” 457: slowest; articles counted manually.


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