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GOAJ3: First piece of the marathon

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

I’ve started in on GOAJ3, Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017, which meansL:

  1. I’ve downloaded the DOAJ metadata (at 12:30 a.m. UMT on January 1, which was easy to do the afternoon of December 31).
  2. I’ve matched rows with the previous report where possible, since I don’t plan to recount 2012-2016 or revisit simplified subject assignments more often than necessary. (Matching is a multistage process.)
  3. I’ve tried to match remaining DOAJ rows with the “gray OA” spreadsheet to show cases where journals were either restored or have gained DOAJ status.
  4. I’ve started the actual data sweep, which will continue for somewhere between 10 more weeks and 88 more days (or more), after which comes revisiting cases needing revisits. [More plausible estimates, all assuming no significant personal or household crises: very optimistic: 10 weeks; mildly optimistic: 95 days; mildly pessimistic: 19 weeks.]
  5. In the process of starting tat, I’ve decided what’s worth trying to add to the analysis beyond the past two reports–which turns out to be mostly a crude measure of the transparency of APC status and amount. (As in, was the information reasonably readily available on the journal site or did I give up and rely on DOAJ?)

I’m a tenth of the way through–and that far only because of BioMed Central (I’m doing the data sweep alphabetically by publisher), with more than 200 journals that were exceedingly easy to get data for.

A couple of observations on that first tenth–actually a bit more:

  • Thanks to the group of hikers/walkers I go with on most Wednesday morning, I have eliminated the single “XT/couldn’t translate” omission from previous years. (The de facto leader of the Amblers, one of the three subgroups within the hiking group, is from India and I know the journal’s Indian. He agreed to take a look. It turns out to be in Hindi, not a language he reads–but a friend his *does* read Hindi and gave me the article coults.)
  • So far, it appears that Indonesia has a malware problem. 10 of 74 Indonesian journals checked so far are flagged by Malwarebytes as malware, The only other cases are five of 63 Romanian (I think one of those is actually an invalid security certificate) and two of 89 from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Naturally, those numbers will change–and I recheck all cases of malware (but I do not ever ignore Malwarebytes: problematic journals are one reason I use Malwarebytes Pro along with Windows Defender).

No real significance here; just a note along the (extended) way.

 

[Slowed down a bit because of a glitch in my two-display setup: after a $6 cable purchase, I’m now trying to determine whether it’s the cable or, more likely, a 12.5-year-old display. We shall see… ]

GOAJ2: December 2017 update

Sunday, December 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 December 31, 2017 [noting that most of the last day of each month is missing because of how statistics are done]:

  • The dataset: 283 views, 53 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 1,292 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks), plus 494 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 420 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 1,037 copies

December also saw 146 downloads of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015, 56 downloads of the earlier Countries version and 46 downloads of the Subjects version.

Looking at the rest of gold OA (beyond DOAJ), Gray OA 2012-2016 has now been downloaded 2,051 times, while Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, released in October, has 541 downloads.

 

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.

GOAJ2: November 2017 update

Thursday, November 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 November 30, 2017 [noting that most of the last day of each month is missing because of how statistics are done):

  • The dataset: 259 views, 53 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 1,199 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks), plus 378 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 381 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 936 copies

Along with 94 new PDF downloads of GOAJ2 and 22 new downloads of Countries, September also saw 194 downloads of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 and 102 downloads of the earlier Countries version.

Looking at the rest of gold OA (beyond DOAJ), Gray OA 2012-2016 has now been downloaded 1,929 times, while Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, released in October, has 436 downloads.

 

GOAJ2: October 2017 update

Tuesday, October 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 October 31, 2017 [noting that most of the last day of each month is missing because of how statistics are done):

  • The dataset: 233 views, 49 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 1,105 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks), plus 276 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 359 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 884 copies

Along with 266 new PDF downloads of GOAJ2 and 39 new downloads of Countries, September also saw 266 downloads of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 and 134 downloads of the earlier Countries version.

Looking at the rest of gold OA (beyond DOAJ), Gray OA 2012-2016 has now been downloaded 1,836 times, while Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, released in October, has 292 downloads.

 

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.