GOA8: Last report, phase 1

The data’s as gathered as it’s going to be. 18,765 journals; 18,254 fully analyzed.

I’ve firmed up dates and ISSNs (using online ISSNs where available).

I’ve checked codes for consistency, etc.

And I’ve simplified and clarified some codes:

  • Fee code is gone; just not readily available or ever called meaningful by anybody.
  • Count code is gone. That was really for my own use. Of the 17,900 cases where I entered such a code, 10,081 came from DOAJ–with 2022 figures checked and frequently revised. 6,159 came from journals and were counted by using repeating metadata such as “PDF.” 1,083 came with help–e.g., article counts offered either by year or at least by issue. And 592 were damn nuisances, requiring manual counting. [These figures don’t count exclusions.]
  • Code “bi” is now just “i” for “inactive” (and “a”=active.)
  • Code “bx” is gone (I could probably resurrect it if needed), as are the notes.
  • So the codes now are, for the main sheet, a (17,585); i (423); xm (143, up from 140 last year); and xx (102, up from 90 last uear). For the exclusions sheet: xd (defunct/duplicates, 100, up from 92 last year); xm (47, up from 12 last year); xm2 (260, DOWN from 383 last year; xn (4, down from 10 last year; xo (41l down from 119 last year); xx (40, up from 27 last year); and xx2,(20, same as last year). Total identifiable articles excluded: 3,994, almost all xm2.

As far as I can tell, of journals in the main sheet, 5,818 have fees and 12,435 don’t–but, as usual, most articles involve fees: 997,913 in 2022, compared to 440,229 without fees. Those figures could change slightly, but probably not by much. And the total is 1.438,142 2022 articles (from 16.984 journals with 2022 articles) and 1,322,021 2021 articles (from 17,344 journals with 2021 articles).

That’s it. Now I’ll go silent while IL

  • Add derived data and save off the Figshare version
  • Write the appendix–mostly from these reports.
  • Start the book itself.


If you have OA-related contacts, let them know this is coming,

And if you know people who want to see the 12,435 “diamond” journals treated properly, let them know–and let them know I could still use feedback (it’s still an optional project, with no monetary gain). Before, say, the end of May.

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