GOA8: Week 15.5, end of first pass

That’s right! The first pass is complete. Now comes a week or two of data checking and rechecking somewhere between 2,000 and 2,450 journals (depending on my xm2/xx2 decision). The numbers below are subject to change in two ways: some journals that have counts will be excluded from the final dataset (last year, that was around 6,000 articles eliminated) and some journals will have more articles added (probably around 3,000 articles based on last year) and, with luck, some unavailable journals that *don’t* have counts will become available.

The numbers

The overall counts at this point:
18,769 journals checked, of which
16,548 published 1,420,735 articles in 2022 and
17,457 published 1,334,553 articles in 2021.

The rest of the numbers:

  • Fee versus diamond/no-fee: 5,838 journals with fees, 12,931 without. Just over two-thirds of journals are fee-free.
  • New vs. continuing: 2,164 newly-added, 16,605 continuing (including all of the “x”status below).
  • Status code:
    16,562 “a”–clean.
    447 “bi”– inactive (no articles since at least 2020).
    75 “bx”–done but at a different URL.
    109 “xd”–defunct, no articles since at least 2016.
    326 “xm”–malware (but not last year).
    57 “xn”–not an OA journal (including those removed this year but before I got to them) and ones suddenly requiring a login.
    776 “xx”–unreachable or unworkable.
    And the two oddities:
    359 “xm2”–malware, also malware last year
    58 “xx2”–unreachable or unworkable, also last year.
  • Ease of article counting:
    “d” 9,410: easiest, taken directly from DOAJ (sometimes with 2022 count modified)
    “w” 1,022: easy, journal website provides direct numbers at either volume or issue level.
    “f”  5,455: middling; numbers calculated using Find function for constants (e.g. “doi.” or “pdf”)
    “c” 566: slowest; articles counted manually.
  • Why the counts of “ease of…” don’t add up to total journals counted: all xd and bi cases, not quite all other non-a cases. If I couldn’t count them at all…



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