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Cites & Insights October 2017 available: Gray OA 2014-2017

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, the October 2017 Cites & Insights (17.9), is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i9.pdf

The single-essay issue is 42 pages long (38 numbered pages).

It updates article-count and status-code information (but not APC/fee information) for gray OA journals not in DOAJ, adding full-year 2016 article counts and January-June 2017 counts, doubled for ease of comparisons. Journals in Gray OA 2012-2016 that have been added to DOAJ have been removed from the new report.

GOAJ2: September 2017 update

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Here’s how things are going for GOAJ2: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2016 and The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2016 and related stuff (all linked to from the project home page), through September 30, 2017 [noting that most of the last day of each month is missing because of how statistics are done):

  • The dataset: 192 views, 39 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 915 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks), plus 225 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 320 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 816 copies

Along with 224 new PDF downloads of GOAJ2 and 31 new downloads of Countries, September also saw 279 downloads of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 and 232 downloads of the earlier Countries version.

As comparisons for C&I issues: the July 2017 Cites & Insights, another Economics of Access essay, now has 816 downloads to date; the August 2017 issue, with no serious essays at all (old movie reviews and The Back. snarky little stuff), has 692 downloads; and the personal whines discussions making up September 2017, which has only been out since September 14, has 437 downloads (and, so far, no responses). The hottest issues of the year continue to be January (Gray OA 2012-2016) with 1,747 downloads to date and April (The Art of the Beall) with 1,724 downloads.

 

GOAJ2: August update

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Here’s how things are going for GOAJ2: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2016 and The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2016 and related stuff (all linked to from the project home page), through August 31, 2017 [noting that most of the last day of each month is missing because of how statistics are done):

  • The dataset: 176 views, 32 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 691 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks), plus 190 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 289 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 650 copies

Oddly enough (or not), along with 88 new PDF downloads of GOAJ2 and 32 new downloads of Countries, August also saw 307 downloads of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 and 204 downloads of the earlier Countries version. Not sure why more people are downloading the earlier and less complete editions, but most of those may not be “people” anyway.

As a comparison for C&I issues: the July 2017 Cites & Insights, another Economics of Access essay, now has 718 downloads to date–and the August 2017 issue, with no serious essays at all (old movie reviews and The Back. snarky little stuff), had 412 downloads in August.

 

GOAJ2: July update

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Here’s how things are going for GOAJ2: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2016 and The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2016 and related stuff (all linked to from the project home page), through July 31, 2017 [noting that most of the last day of each month is missing because of how statistics are done):

  • The dataset: 155 views, 30 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 603 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks), plus 150 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 257 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 521 copies

Oddly enough (or not), July also saw 213 downloads of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 and 175 downloads of the earlier Countries version. Not sure why more people are downloading the earlier and less complete editions, but most of those may not be “people” anyway.

As a comparison for C&I issues: the July 2017 Cites & Insights, another Economics of Access essay, had 603 downloads to date.

 

Cites & Insights 17:6 (July 2017) available

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

The July 2017 Cites & Insights (17:6) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i6.pdf

This 60-page (6″ x 9″) issue consists of one essay:

Intersections: Economics and Access 2017  pp. 1-60

A roundup of various items relating to the cost, price, fees and other aspects of scholarly journals, with an emphasis on open access.

GOAJ2: June update

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Here’s how things are going for GOAJ2: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2016 and The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2016 and related stuff (all linked to from the project home page), through June 30, 2017 [noting that most of May 31 and June 30 are missing because of how statistics are done):

  • The dataset: 123 views, 25 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 523 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks), plus 127 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 224 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 431 copies

 

How many times?

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

I see yet another OA conference is happening (I’ve never been to one, probably never will be, and that’s OK.) My question, after seeing some tweeted photos: How many times during the conference will gold OA be equated with APCs? Dozens? Hundreds?

Maybe a better question: How often will somebody mention gold OA and explicitly note that most gold OA journals (and 43% of articles in 2016) do NOT involve APCs?

Dear Martin…

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

NOTE: (second update, 6/23/17): I’m now satisfied that I was misreading Eve’s commentary. In the interest of openness, I’ll leave the post [which follows the horizontal line]. Since Eve’s response was for some reason rejected by the commenting system, here’s a link to it.

Original post (between the lines):


I’ve disagreed with Martin Paul Eve in the past but find myself much happier with what he’s trying to do lately. OLH isn’t the model for OA in the humanities, but it’s one promising initiative.

However…

Just encountered “Open Access Publishing Models and How OA Can Work in the Humanities” and, while it’s an interesting piece, I believe Eve oversells the idea that OA just wasn’t happening in the humanities until he came along. And that’s just not true and unfair to some of the pioneers in the field. [See update below the line.]

Here’s the key number: 109,420. Gold OA articles in serious OA journals in the humanities and social sciences in 2016. (80% of those articles in journals that don’t charge APCs.)

I don’t know how many humanities and social sciences articles get published every year, but I’m fairly certain that 109,420 is a substantial portion of them–quite possibly as large a percentage as the 225,591 articles in STEM (excluding biology) albeit probably not the 188,194 articles in biomed.

Those aren’t all in the social sciences by any means. Arts & architecture, 5,019 articles. Education, 15,234. History, 8,289. Language & literature, 11,967. Law, 5,292. Library science, 2,276. Media & communications, 3,884. Philosophy, 3,045. Religion, 3,639.

Maybe I’m misreading Eve’s article; maybe he’s not actually suggesting that there hadn’t been much OA activity in the humanities. Because there has, starting from the very beginning (quite a few of the earliest OA journals were in the humanities, including PACS-L Review, Postmodern Culture, EJournal and New Horizons in Adult Education. I guess it bothers me to see all the work that’s been done to date somewhat minimized–and, again, I may be unfair in reading Eve that way. I’d much rather see a celebration of the enormous amount of work that’s been done in OA by humanities people (certainly including librarians) along with a call to do more and a recounting of innovations. But that’s just me, someone who’s been nattering on about “free electronic journals” for at least 20+ years now.

[OA monographs are a different and fiendishly difficult area. I’m not going there.]

If you’re wondering where those figures came from, go check out GOAJ2: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2016. It’s an open access monograph, freely available in ebook form and priced at 20 cents above the cost of production in paperback form. More info on it and its predecessor and companions at the GOAJ site.


*Updated 6/23/17: A number of people in Twitter–including Martin Paul Eve–saying this just isn’t so. They may be right. Not the first time that I’ve felt Eve tended to understate the work that had gone before, but I certainly accept the possibility that “tight word counts” are to blame. Since I don’t get invited to do pieces that much, maybe I’m just ignorant of the realities of being a high-profile OA person.

Cites & Insights 17.5 available: GOAJ Subject Supplement

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Cites & Insights 17.5 (June 2017) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i5.pdf

The 84-page issue (6″ x 9″ pages designed for online/device reading) includes:

The Front: The Countries of OAWorld 2: 2011-2016  pp. 1-11

Announcing The Countries of OAWorld 2: 2011-2016 (links at the usual place) and adding some comments on the cover–specifically, a copy of the heatmap, a table with the data used for the heatmap (combined 2015-2016 OAWorld articles per 100,000 population of each country), and another heatmap and table including APCLand articles (which mostly boosts Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to three of the top four spots).

Intersections: Subject Supplement to GOAJ2  pp. 11-84

There won’t be a separate paperback and PDF for subjects this year; this long article expands the one-page-per-subject coverage in GOAJ2 itself, adding up to six more tables and two graphs for each subject.

GOAJ2: Slow start

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

OOPS: I failed to take this out of draft status on May 31, when it was written. Better late than never…


Now that GOAJ2: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2016 is out (go to waltcrawford.name/goaj.html for links, as usual), I’ll stop tracking Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 and pick up the new one instead.

It’s been a slow first two weeks.

  • Ebook/pdf: 117 downloads
  • Trade paperbacks: None other than my own
  • C&I 17.4 [chapters 1-7]: 51 downloads
  • Dataset: 94 views, 15 downloads

Next steps

The Countries of OAWorld 2: 2011-2016 will be out very early in June (came out on June 1 if all goes well), as a free PDF or $7 trade paperback. Links in the usual place.

GOAJ2 includes single pages on each subject, with three key tables. Additional tables and graphs on the 28 subjects will make up most of the next Cites & Insights, when that appears. There won’t be a separate subject-oriented book.

As always, thanks to SPARC for sponsoring this project. By the way, if you haven’t downloaded the book or read C&I 17.4 yet, you really should. Lots of good stuff–including a discussion on page 10, “The Biggest Numbers,” that offers a one-time-only view of as much of gold OA as anybody’s likely to gather together. How does 962,170 strike you?