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C&I readership in 2018

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Since there may not be another Cites & Insights for several months, I thought I’d do a quick wrapup of C&I readership for 2018–noting, as always, that counts are typically about 3% low (because all but the first five hours of the last day of each month are missing).

It hasn’t been a great year: only two issues so far have cleared the 1,000-download mark, and only one the 2,000-download. Oddly enough, the subject supplement to GOAJ3 was not one of them–and, in fact, has done very poorly. Month-to-month trends suggest that shutting down C&I may be happening on its own, little by little–but, including the oddity that every single issue gets some downloads each month (an oddity that makes me wonder whether some of those hits are crawlers that the statistics package fails to recognize as such), there were 150,223 downloads over the course of the year.

Here are the 2018 issues sorted by downloads:

civ18i2.pdf2,268Writing, Wikipedia
civ18i1.pdf1,716OA issues, audio prices
civ18i7.pdf427audio prices, small essays
civ18i5.pdf260futurism, GOAJ commentary
civ18i4.pdf259GOAJ3 subject supplement
civ18i3.pdf201GOAJ3 ch, 1-7
civ18i9.pdf137books and media

Top issues by 2018 downloads

These issues had at least 1,600 downloads in 2018 (including counts for “on” versions):

civ17i1.pdf3,233gray OA 2012-2016
civ14i7.pdf2,239investigating the lists
civ14i4.pdf2,173the sad case of jeffrey beall
civ13i3.pdf1,985acad. Library circ/
civ16i1.pdf1,971ppppread. Article counts
civ12i4.pdf1,930futurism, public library closures
civ12i3.pdf1,872public library closures
civ13i10.pdf1,842books and library ROI
civ12i11.pdf1,670Google book settlement
civ12i5.pdf1,638fair use

Top issues, 2015-2018

These issues have had at least 7,000 downloads since 2015 (including counts for “on” versions but not individual articles):

civ14i4.pdf21,781the sad case of jeffrey beall
civ14i7.pdf12,564investigating the lists
civ10i8.pdf10,321books and publishing
civ12i2.pdf9,153social networks, misc.
civ15i9.pdf7,068gold oa 2011-2014
civ14i5.pdf7,036ethics and access: the “sting”

Cites & Insights volume 18 available in paperback

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Cites & Insights 18 (2018) is now available in paperback for the usual $35.00.

The 462-page 6×9″ paperback includes all nine issues of Volume 18, and adds indexes only available in the paperback.

If you’re a Lulu user or check the front page, look for the frequent discount codes…

Cites & Insights 18:9 (December 2018) available

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Cites & Insights 18:9 (December 2018) is now available for downloading at

The 36-page issue includes:

The Front  pp. 1-2

Notes on GOAJ4 and what it means for Volume 19 of Cites & Insights.

Words: Books, Ebooks and Libraries  pp. 2-26

Not just “books, print vs. e” but a broader range of notes on books, including a couple of library-related items.

Media: Media Notes  pp. 26-36

Two parts: magazine notes (including some anecdata about individual magazine changes) and other media notes.

That’s it. For the hundreds dozens one or two of you eagerly awaiting the print volume, index and all, I’ll post something when it’s available, probably in mid-December.

Possible temporary outage at Cites & Insights

Monday, November 26th, 2018

If you’re unable to download any issues of Cites & Insights or, indeed, reach the home page:

It’s my fault. I may have mistakenly hit a key while getting ready to upload the December 2018 Cites & Insights and deleted the entire site on my host. And I’m not enough of an expert (putting it mildly!) to undo the deletion cleanly. I’ve asked for help from my host.

The site will be restored as soon as possible.

Thanks to Blake Carver’s fast work, the site is back. The fault was ENTIRELY mine, and LISHost continues to be a great place to host library-related sutes.

Cites & Insights 18:8 (November 2018) available

Monday, October 29th, 2018

The November 2018 Cites & Insights, volume 8, issue 8, is now available for downloading at

The 40-page issue consists of one essay:

Policy: Ethics  pp. 1-40

Starting with the “grievance” hoax, continuing with other stings and peer review, “predatory” nonsense, open access, and various other ethical issues–and ending with some thoughts on society publishers and for-profit publishers.

Will there be a December 2018 issue to close out the volume? Hard to say. One way to help: VOTE. Make sure others VOTE. Some indications that our experiment in democracy hasn’t been completely swamped would be encouraging. I’m more likely to write when I’m not despairing for the soul of the nation…

Cites & Insights 18:7 (October 2018) available

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Cites & Insights 18:7 (October 2018) is now available for downloading at

The 24-page issue includes:

Intersections: A Few Small Essays   pp. 1-13

Half of this section is an informal commentary on a remarkable new free list of >35,000 open access journals (and other things) in the humanities and social sciences (mostly) from Jan Szczepanski. There are also commentaries on “when good scholars go bad”–why I think the new spate of articles Viewing With Alarm scholars at serious institutions with articles in “bad” journals are looking at the wrong side of the equation; the colors, and why I think two is enough; why I do not (currently) plan to cover the new Hot Topic in OA; whether you can or should be an OA observer without being an advocate [for or against] or a skeptic; why “Intersections”; and a comprehensive guide to really useful applications of blockchain in libraries. [Omitted for space and because I’m a coward: A suggestion that societies that depend on subscription revenues aren’t necessarily better than commercial publishers…]

The Back: Audiophile System Prices 2018  pp. 13-24

This time around, I’m including median systems in each category: systems composed of median-priced components. You can assemble a complete (CD and LP) audiophile system for $1,918–or you can spend $832,223 before adding power conditioners and other extras.

Cites & Insights 18:6 (September 2018) available

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

The September 2018 Cites & Insights (18:6) is now available for downloading at

The 70-page issue consists of one essay/roundup:

Intersections: Predator!  pp. 1-70

The lists have ended, but the malady lingers on… There seems to be a burgeoning industry of Pointing With Alarm at the (usually wildly overestimated) array of “predatory” journals (usually identified as predatory based on one librarian’s typically-unsupported claims).

This roundup began with more than 130 tagged articles, most quite recent; despite narrowing it down, it still includes more than 60–and there are many more not discussed.

Erratum: I am informed by a reader (Marc Couture–thanks!) that there is a probable error on page 15, where I say

“What I have not done, ever, is to submit an article to an outlet with being fairly comfortable with that outlet”

I meant “without being fairly comfortable,” to be sure.

Can I blame my six-fingered typing since suffering nerve damage? Nah, didn’t think so: blame sloppy proofreading. I would fire the proofreader, but that won’t work either…

I usually won’t fix an error in a published issue (unless there’s a legal or other problem, as opposed to a simple goof), but in this case, adding the three letters didn’t affect the rest of the layout at all–not even the line wrap–so I’ve updated it.

GOAJ3: July report

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Readership figures for GOAJ3 (unfortunately missing most of today, 7/31, and the last day of each month)–and, for now, I’ll keep reporting on GOAJ2 as well.

All links available from the project home page, as always.

GOAJ3: 2012-2017

  • The dataset: 379 views, 41 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 2,002 PDF ebooks + 82 copies of first few chapters (C&I 18.3)
  • Countries: 534 PDF ebooks
  • Subject supplement (C&I 18.4): 115 downloads
  • No paperbacks

Goaj2: 2011-2016

  • The dataset: 526 views, 100 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 2,119 PDF ebooks (and two paperbacks), plus 1,285 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 806 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 1,867 copies

Gray OA

Note the huge one-month increases in GOAJ3 and Gray OA 2012-2016 PDF ebooks.

Cites & Insights 18:5 (August 2018) available

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Cites & Insights 18:5 (August 2018) is now available for downloading at

The 34-page summer-light issue includes the following:

Intersections: GOAJ: Commentary Examples  pp. 1-7

I could really use feedback on some aspects of the Gold Open Access Journals project, if it goes forward. Two decision points are whether to include my quick comments for each country as part of the Countries book, and whether to include quick comments for each subject as part of the Subject Supplement. This “article” includes some samples of such commentary.

The Middle: Futurism and Forecasts  pp. 7-21

Commentary on a combination of general futurism, library futurism and specific forecasts, ranging from 2014 to 2018.

The Back  pp. 22-34

Small snarky items on a range of things.


GOAJ3: June post

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Readership figures for GOAJ3 (unfortunately missing most of today, 6/30, and the last day of each month)–and, for now, I’ll keep reporting on GOAJ2 as well.

All links available from the project home page, as always.

GOAJ3: 2012-2017

  • The dataset: 296 views, 22 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 348 PDF ebooks + 56 copies of first few chapters (C&I 18.3)
  • Countries: 378 PDF ebooks
  • Subject supplement (C&I 18.4): 50 downloads
  • No paperbacks

Goaj2: 2011-2016

  • The dataset: 506 views, 95 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 1,786 PDF ebooks (and two paperbacks), plus 1,263 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 754 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 1,827 copies

Gray OA