GOA8: Week 15

Another fairly strong week, and clearly the penultimate week for the first pass. There are 869 journals left to scan, and around 500 of those are either from Wiley or Wolters Kluwer/Wolters Kluwer Medknow. (Just finishing up Vilnius University Press, and if all the rest were as clearly done, this would be even easier.)

I anticipate finishing the first pass. I expect to do a little cleanup/consistency work. I hope to split off those needing further attention (around 2,400, but that will rise a bit) and check those for journals dropped from1 DOAJ since 1/1/2023–and probably decide whether to skip rechecking for xx2/xm2 cases. The following week or two involves rechecking several hundred journals that might reasonably have added 2022 issues since they were first checked, and then resolving the rest of the problematic cases. (After that? A couple of days to add derivative columns such as revenue, journal size and article price, then start on the book–with luck, in very early May.)

The numbers

1,300 more journals checked.

The overall counts at this point:
17,900 journals checked, of which
15,733 published 1,347,316 articles in 2022 and
16,637 published 1,263,927 articles in 2021.

The rest of the numbers:

  • Fee versus diamond/no-fee: 5,450 journals with fees, 12,450 without.
  • New vs. continuing: 2,057 newly-added, 15,843 continuing (including all of the “x”status below).
  • Status code:
    15,740 “a”–clean.
    422 “bi”– inactive (no articles since at least 2020).
    73 “bx”–done but at a different URL.
    108 “xd”–defunct, no articles since at least 2016.
    321 “xm”–malware (but not last year).
    54 “xn”–not an OA journal (including those removed this year but before I got to them) and ones suddenly requiring a login.
    765 “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…

And I’d still appreciate feedback on the Diamond OA idea. Anyone out there? [At the moment I’m inclined to do it, but would love a little support…]


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