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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?

GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017

Monday, May 28th, 2018

I’m delighted to announce that GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017 is now available–as a $5 trade paperback, a free PDF download (identical to the interior of the paperback, with a cover page added), and as a dataset on Figshare.

The project is sponsored by SPARC. The book, ebook and dataset are all covered by Creative Commons BY 4.0 licenses: any reuse is legal as long as attribution is provided. (You can redistribute, but if you send links instead, I can count uses, which can help determine whether to do another year.)

As always, you’ll find links at https://waltcrawford.name/goaj.html

Coming soon:

Expect a very different Countries version in a week or two, and a subject supplement some time this summer.

The biggest no-fee OA publishers?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

A quickie post, partly to see if anybody reads this without social network publicity:

Which publishers publish the most *no-fee* gold open access–that is, articles in 2017 in DOAJ-listed journals that don’t charge APCs?

I have an idea, and I’ll check it later today or some time tomorrow.

Meanwhile: candidates?


The Big Reveal

OK, so nobody much reads this stuff without prompting. No surprise there.

I had two obvious candidates, and I was half right.

In descending order, the publishers with the most 2017 articles in no-fee DOAJ-listed journals are:

Elsevier (14,919)
EDP Sciences (9,857)
De Gruyter Open (8,403)
Wolters Kluwer Medknow (6,329)
Springer (5,653–but add 744 for BioMed Central)
MDPI AG (5,653)

No others with 2,000 or more articles.

GOAJ2: April 2018 update

Monday, April 30th, 2018

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 April 30, 2018 [noting that most of the last day of each month is missing because of how statistics are done]:

  • The dataset: 427 views, 84 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 1,568 PDF ebooks (and two paperbacks), plus 1,101 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 627 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 1,624 copies

Looking at the rest of gold OA (beyond DOAJ), Gray OA 2012-2016 has now been downloaded 2,474 times, while Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, released in October 2017, has 1,134 downloads. The respective datasets have 145 downloads and 17 downloads.

GOAJ2: March 2018 update

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

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 March 31, 2018 [noting that most of the last day of each month is missing because of how statistics are done]:

  • The dataset: 408 views, 74 downloads.
  • GOAJ2: 1,503 PDF ebooks (and two paperbacks), plus 948 copies of chapters 1-7 (C&I 17.4)
  • Countries: 575 PDF ebooks (no paperbacks)
  • Subject supplement (C&I 17.5): 1,457 copies

Looking at the rest of gold OA (beyond DOAJ), Gray OA 2012-2016 has now been downloaded 2,366 times, while Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, released in October 2017, has 992 downloads.