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20% Sale on GOAJ3, Countries, and more

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

You might want to try the paperback version of GOAj3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017 or Gold Open Access Journals by Country 2012-2017–or, for that matter, if you’re interested in gray OA, Cites & Insights 17, which includes both iterations of the study.

They’re all on sale now through June 21, 2018, 20% off–as are all Lulu print products, including my other books–if you use the coupon code

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Update 6/22: That sale’s expired, but there’s a new three-day sale that’s even better for the GOAJ books:

10% off–and free ground shipping. Through June 25, 2018. Code

BOOKSHIP18

Personally, I find the paperbacks much easier to read than the PDF version, especially if you want to compare different aspects of GOAJ. Your mileage may vary…

Gold Open Access Journals by Country 2012-2017

Monday, June 4th, 2018


I’m delighted to announce that Gold Open Access Journals by Country 2012-2017 is now available as a $7.50 trade paperback from Lulu and as a free PDF ebook at my own website.

As always, links are also on the Gold Open Access Journals page.

Some quick notes:

  • This book is not equivalent to the two Countries of OAWorld editions: it includes all journals for each country, including those in APCLand. That makes a huge difference for nine countries and smaller differences for 20 others.
  • That inclusion also means that regional tables and graphs, included in full, are different than the regional chapters in GOAJ3.
  • The paperback is $7.50 because it’s longer; I get $0.17 out of each sale.
  • Yes, there will be a questionnaire/survey of some sort before the next GOAJ round (if there is one)…
  • The subject supplement will appear as the July 2018 issue of Cites & Insights (18.4), almost certainly some time before June 25 (if not, it may not appear until early July, as I’m likely to be out of commission for a few days). Note that the link in this paragraph will yield a 404 error until Cites & Insights 18.4 is actually published.
  • Thanks once again to SPARC for sponsorship of the GOAJ project–and to DOAJ for its support.
  • If there’s a formatting error or two, almost certainly a label row not bolded or numeric values not right-aligned, mea culpa. I’ve proofread the Word document three times and PDF versions twice, but with hundreds of tables, I may still have missed something. (Actual data errors are less likely, as, other than the paragraph at the start of each chapter, everything is done by copy-and-paste from Excel. Without the magic of pivot tables that refresh as data is changed, this book would not have been feasible.)

Cites & Insights 17 (2017) now available as paperback–and a brief sale

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Volume 17 of Cites & Insights is now available, including indexes, as a 492-page paperback.

Cites & Insights 17 Cover
The 6″ x 9″ trade paperback sells for $30, $15 of which goes to support Cites & Insights.

Brief sale: If you buy this book (or any other print books from Lulu by Monday, December 4, 2017, such as prior annual volumes), use the coupon code BOOKCALSAVE to save 10% on the price. (That savings does not reduce the $15–it’s a Lulu sale.)

If you care about gray OA–the gold OA journals that aren’t in DOAJ–you should buy this volume, as it includes the first (Gray OA 2012-2016) and probably the last (Gray OA 2014-2017) comprehensive studies of these journals–including an analysis of why the Shen/Bjork “420,000 2014 articles in predatory journals” is badly wrong, a case of sampling gone bad.

The volume also includes the subject supplement for GOAJ2; “The Art of the Beall”; “Gray OA Portraits” offering some notes on the “largest” gray OA publishers; economics and access; and a few non-OA essays as well.

Last year’s reduction of C&I Annual prices to $35 will continue indefinitely. (I haven’t updated the C&I Annuals page yet, so use the direct link to buy Volume 17.

In case it wasn’t obvious already: there will not be a December 2017 issue of Cites & Insights. The first 2018 issue might appear in December 2017–or it might not.

The Countries of OAWorld 2: 2011-2016 now available

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The Countries of OAWorld 2: 2011-2016 is now available as a free PDF ebook or a nominally-priced* ($7) trade paperback.

The 269-page book includes a full set of tables and graphs for every country with at least 25 fully-analyzed OAWorld journals and a slightly less complete set for countries with ten to 24 journals: 64 in all. For the six regions that have them, countries with one to nine OAWorld journals are summarized briefly.

Links to the free PDF and to purchase the book from Lulu (as usual, printed on high-quality 60# cream paper) are at the Gold Open Access project page, https://waltcrawford.name/goaj.html

[*Why is this book a dollar more expensive than GOAJ2? Because it’s 81 pages longer. In both cases, the price is rounded up to the nearest $0.50 from Lulu’s production costs. My “profit” is $0.14 on each copy sold. Lulu frequently has sales of 10% to 20%, which can be used for either book.]

Gold Open Access 2011-2015: November update

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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It’s November 30–the last day of the month, when I fetch usage statistics for my websites (as always, omitting about 18.5 hours of that last day), so here’s an update on GOAJ–just the total numbers this time:

  • Paperbacks: Two copies of GOAJ itself sold. So far, none of the others (I recommend the one pictured here).
  • Dataset: 952  views (irrelevant), 439 downloads (relevant).
  • GOAJ: 40 Lulu copies, 8,480* copies from my site: total 8,520.
  • Subjects: 17 Lulu copies, 194* other copies, 211 total.
  • Countries: 8 Lulu copies, 1,018* other copies, 1,026 total.
  • C&I: To date, 1,139* copies of the excerpted GOAJ version (16.5) and 3,925* copies of “APCLand and OAWorld” (16.4.)

As a sidenote, the most downloaded issue of Cites & Insights for the period since October 2012** is issue 14.4, with 15,680 copies, half again as many as the second most downloaded. The primary essay is The Sad Case of Jeffrey Beall. Unfortunately, more recent and probably more important related commentaries have not reached anywhere that audience…and it’s clear that many librarians and even more scholars take Beall’s word (typically offered without a shred of evidence) as gospel. [Look to the third essay in the hyperlinked issue–the one with “Trust Me” in the title.]

**The most downloaded C&I will probably always be the Library 2,0 and “Library 2.0” essay, with nearly 34,000 downloads before I added a speed bump.

Coming soon–probably next week, possibly late this week: Gray Open Access Journals 2012-2016: Gold OA Beyond DOAJ, which will appear as Cites & Insights 17.1 and may or may not be available as a slender paperback.

*Note added 12/12/16: These numbers do not include November 13-30, 2016; downloads during that period, almost certainly in the high hundreds for GOAJ, are simply missing.

GOAJ: July summary

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Posted partly because otherwise I’ll lose track of the downloads from waltcrawford.name

Note that counts from waltcrawford.name omit most of the last day of each month, so they’re a little low.

  • Paperback sales (all three books): Zero, other than my own copies.
  • GOAJ PDF: 32 copies from Lulu; 3,872 from Waltcrawford.name (that’s three and 1,509 more than at the end of June)
  • Subject PDF: 13 copies from Lulu, 103 from waltcrawford.name (three and 40 more than at the end of June)
  • Country PDF (new in July): None from Lulu, 77 from waltcrawford.name
  • Dataset: 738 visits, 72 downloads
  • And 539 copies of C&I 16.5 (an excerpted version of GOAJ), plus 3,356 copies of C&I 16.4 (APCLand and OAWorld).

The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2015: out now

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

cntcvr6x9I’m pleased to announce that The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2015, the last piece in the Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 trilogy, is now available as an $8 trade paperback or a free PDF.

Details and links to the two PDF versions and single print version are at the project page, waltcrawford.name/goaj.html

The paperback is $2 more expensive because the book is more than 100 pages longer. (Each purchase nets me two cents, if you’re wondering.)

Yeah, I know. I thought it would take longer to prepare the two Lulu versions.

 

Psst…Countries of OAWorld is out, sort of

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

I won’t announce Countries of OAWorld 2011-2015 formally until the Lulu print paperback and free PDF are ready, but the “alternate version”–the one on my website, which seems to be where almost everybody’s going, is now available.

You’ll find it on the project page (or, you know, here).

This is one where I think the print book is especially nice for comparison and navigation, but experience suggests that doesn’t matter a lot. I don’t know yet what the paperback will cost; it’s much longer and up to the next dollar. $8 looks like a good possibility.

86 chapters in all, most chapters four very full pages. An alphabetic index of country and region names (123 countries, if I’m counting right–including a few that aren’t always recognized as countries)cntcvr6x9.

Oh, and there’s a heatmap of OAWorld activity on the cover…

GOAJ: smaller PDF

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The size of the PDF ebook version of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 bothered me a little (just under 10MB for a 900KB Word file)…

So I tweaked one setting in Nuance PDF Pro and regenerated the PDF.

Which has now been replaced on my personal site, linked to from the project page.

And is now just over two megabytes.

Downside: the crosshatching in free and pay articles by year figures may be cruder. (I reduced the image-quality setting from medium to good: PDF apparently really hates crosshatching.) There should be no other changes--well, come to think of it, I also dropped the cover page. [Thursday, June 9, 2016: dropping the cover was an accident. It’s restored and the file is still just over 2MB–2.2, to be precise.]

Upside: one-fifth the size, one-fifth the download time.

If you want the original or want that cover, you can always get the free PDF from Lulu: I’m not changing that version.

 

The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014: half off

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Later this week (if all goes well), I’ll announce availability of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015, the comprehensive study of article counts and charges in journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals on December 31, 2015–and some details on the delisting that took place in May 2016.

That study will be free in PDF ebook form (with a CC BY license), thanks to SPARC sponsorship. The dataset will also be free (same license, although where facts are concerned any copyright claim is tricky in the U.S.), and the paperback will be nominally priced.

Some of you may find it useful to have the background of the not-quite-as-comprehensive 2011-2014 predecessor study, published as The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014. That link is for the paperback–but you should really go to Lulu.com, check for special offers (e.g., there may be a 27% print sale on May 30, and there are frequently sales on print books), write down the coupon code if any, then search for the book or use this link. There’s also a PDF ebook version; there are rarely any sales on ebooks.

I’ve reduced the price of each version by 50%, to $30 for the paperback, $27.50 for the ebook. (The paperback may also be available via Amazon, Ingram and B&N; the lower price may eventually show up there.) The listings at the bottom of this blog will continue to show the old prices until I migrate some changes, probably on June 1 or 2, 2016. At some point, the 2011-2014 books will go out of print if there’s no activity (say one copy per month between the two editions).

As for the new book (free as PDF, prob. around $8 as paperback): I’m aiming for June 1, and I’ll publicize it here and on social media. (There will be one project website showing links for the dataset, the books, and the two booklength supplements offering detailed views by subject and by country later this year.) The June 2016 Cites & Insights, an excerpted version of the book (roughly one-third of it), will be out shortly thereafter.