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Cites & Insights 18:6 (September 2018) available

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

The September 2018 Cites & Insights (18:6) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i6.pdf

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: August 2018 report

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Readership figures for GOAJ3 (unfortunately missing most of today, 8/31, 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: 497 views, 57 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 2,187 PDF ebooks + 111copies of first few chapters (C&I 18.3)
  • Countries: 602 PDF ebooks
  • Subject supplement (C&I 18.4): 154 downloads
  • No paperbacks

Goaj2: 2011-2016

  • The dataset: 550 views, 105 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 2,238 PDF ebooks (and two paperbacks), plus 1,300 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 856 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 1,911 copies

Gray OA

Note the big increase in Gray OA 2012-2016 PDF ebooks. If there was a plausible way to do a 2013-2018 report on non-DOAJ gold OA, and financial support to do it, I’d be tempted…

Articles more precious than gold?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

A discussion has taken place on Twitter (and on a more private site) regarding the idea that some gold OA seems to be “more precious than gold,” based on the idea that a typical article costs more for the APC than the paper to print it on would cost if it was solid gold.

The discussion involved Elsevier and only Elsevier. While I thought it was a neat discussion, it was a bit–well. more than a bit–misleading, because it took the median of Elsevier journal APCs (including the absurdly high “hybrid” APCs) rather than the average cost per article.

Aaron Tay noted that this wasn’t just about Elsevier–and it certainly isn’t. In fact, going back to the 2017 figures for journals in DOAJ (and, of course, ignoring “hybrid” journals, which appear to represent no more than 5%-10% of serious gold OA articles), it looks like Elsevier has the 22nd highest average APC per article, for publishers with at least 1,000 2017 articles in gold OA journals.

Highest? Frontiers.

Here’s the full list–noting that publisher names are exactly as in DOAJ, not normalized at all. (So, for example, Springer and Nature appear as two separate publishers, and at least one Elsevier journal isn’t included because it uses a Spanish publisher name.)

“$/article” is a weighted average, based on reported APCs when I checked websites in early 2018 multiplied by the number of articles in each journal. This is not at all the same figure you’d get by just looking at APCs on a journal basis, as one journal may have ten times (or 100 times) as many articles as another.

APCs stated in other currencies were converted to US Dollars at the time checks were done; while APCs were rounded to the nearest dollar, the $/article figures (again, weighted averages) may include cents. The table is sorted by average APC per article, highest to lowest; non-APC gold OA journals are included in the calculations.

Publisher $/article
Frontiers Media S.A. $2,724.78
eLife Sciences Publications Ltd $2,500.00
Nature Publishing Group $2,365.40
Wiley $2,254.51
JMIR Publications $2,210.21
Dove Medical Press $2,158.11
BioMed Central $2,139.08
Oxford University Press $2,118.45
Wolters Kluwer $2,045.54
BMJ Publishing Group $1,927.32
IOP Publishing $1,920.00
IEEE $1,750.00
Public Library of Science (PLoS) $1,612.87
Hindawi Publishing Corporation $1,549.61
AIP Publishing LLC $1,439.54
MDPI AG $1,402.06
Cogent OA $1,350.00
SAGE Publishing $1,292.62
Taylor & Francis Group $1,160.53
PeerJ Inc. $1,089.30
Karger Publishers $1,043.12
Elsevier $861.77
Copernicus Publications $707.30
Springer $677.84
AOSIS $675.03
American Chemical Society $617.95
Pensoft Publishers $580.06
PAGEPress Publications $393.49
JCDR Research and Publications Private Limited $275.00
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais $236.63
Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications $225.06
Termedia Publishing House $201.05
Universidade de São Paulo $107.83
De Gruyter Open $77.56
EDP Sciences $59.02

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.

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

 

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

TWENTY18

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…

Cites & Insights 18.4 now out–Subject Supplement to GOAJ3

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

The July 2018 Cites & Insights (18.4) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i4.pdf

The 76-page issue consists of the Subject Supplement to GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017. (As always. links for all portions of all GOAJ editions live at https://waltcrawford.name/goaj.html)

This subject supplement differs from last year’s version in two ways (apart from having entirely new data):

  1. As with Gold Open Access Journals by Country 2012-2017, I have forgone added commentary to focus on facts and figures while retaining a reasonable length.
  2. With the exception of Medicine, every subject’s list of articles by country includes all OAWorld countries with at least 20 articles in 2017 (APCLand is treated as a country), much more complete lists than last year, with several lists taking more than a page. (The Medicine list would be at least three pages long.)

The article closes with a series of questions to elicit feedback for future editions of GOAJ, if any. Your feedback is appreciated.

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.)

Oops: Figshare dataset renamed

Monday, June 4th, 2018

I just noticed that I gave the Figshare dataset for GOAJ3 an incorrect name, using “Gray” rather than “Gold.”

I can’t find a way to modify the dataset title now that it’s published (and, indeed, find Figshare’s editing routines generally oblique, probably because I don’t use it often enough), so I’ve created a second Figshare dataset at https://figshare.com/articles/Gold_Open_Access_Journals_2012-2017_GOAJ3_/6429362

The two datasets are identical; only the name and description have changed. The master file now includes both datasets. There’s no good reason to download the new one if you’ve already downloaded the incorrectly-titled one.

GOAJ2 May update and GOAJ3 First report

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Time to start reporting on readership for GOAJ3 (unfortunately missing most of today, 5/31, likely to have dozens of downloads)–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: 24 views, 2 downloads
  • GOAJ3: 144 PDF ebooks

Goaj2: 2011-2016

  • The dataset: 456 views, 88 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 1,662 PDF ebooks (and two paperbacks), plus 1,246 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 703 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 1,790 copies

Gray OA

Why is the gray OA dataset the most widely used? Who knows?