2016-09-13T08:24:15.428-07:00The September/October 2016 Cites & Insights (16:8) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i8.pdf
A much shorter roundup than the previous Ethics and Access piece, still covering a lot of ground, including DOAJ, NEJM and Data Sharing, Sci-Hub, Identifying "Bad Guys," Questionable?, The Aginners, Speaking of Beall... and Miscellany.
2016-07-28T11:23:06.871-07:00Cites & Insights 16:7 (August 2016) is now available for downloading at http://citesndinsights.info/civ16i7.pdf
A quick blurb to announce The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2015, the final ebook/paperback in the Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 trilogy.
What it says--not only ebooks and [or vs.] print books but other aspects of the book marketplace.
Fifteen snarky little essays, fewer than half on audiophollies.
2016-06-28T11:36:18.459-07:00Cites & Insights 16:6 (July 2016) is now available for downloading at citesandinsights.info/civ16i6.pdf
The release of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015: A Subject Approach and revisions to growth/shrinkage tables in both books, and a quick update on the final piece: The Countries of OAWorld, out sometime in July.
It's been two years since a magazine roundup (and I repeat some of that essay, with updates) and much longer since notes on newspapers. This piece offers some stats and comments on both--neither of which is going away or going all-digital any time soon.
2016-06-01T11:34:12.686-07:00The June 2016 issue of Cites & Insights (volume 16, issue 5) is now available for downloading.
2016-04-26T15:27:28.013-07:00The May 2016 issue of Cites & Insights, volume 16 issue 4, is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i4.pdf
Why it's short.
A preview of some key data from Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015, offered partly because I believe it is a new and useful way of looking at gold OA and am inviting feedback (fairly soon, since I'll start on the book next week).
The Supreme Court won't hear the Authors Guild appeal of the appeals court's decision in Google's favor. Maybe--maybe--the decade-long struggle is over. That's worth a quick roundup of Google Books items since the last roundup.
2016-03-23T16:05:14.285-07:00The April 2016 Cites & Insights (16:3) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i3.pdf
Remember the "watch this space" note in the February-March "The Front"? This is what it was about. This essay includes the key announcement, a partial list of changes from the 2011-2014 project, a partial checkpoint prepared when I was halfway through the first pass, a section asking for possible "changes for the better" in the analysis and writeup (note that this year's PDF ebook will be free and OA, since it's a SPARC-sponsored project), another section discussing the planned anonymization of the (free) spreadsheet when analysis is done--and, new to this issue, a second checkpoint prepared at the end of the first journal pass.
Notes on the most frequently downloaded issues in Volume 15 and the most frequently downloaded issues overall.
As far as I can tell, Jeffrey Beall provides no evidence whatsoever--not even his classic "this publisher has a funny name"--for seven out of eight journals and publishers on his 2016 lists. This piece, which has a little additional material beyond the original post, goes into some detail.
Not precisely filler to get an even number of pages, but...OK, so these three mini-rants are mostly filler to get an even number of pages.
I'm including chapters 5 (starting dates), 6 (country of publication), 7 (segments and subjects), 8 (biology and medicine) and 9 (biology) to provide more context for my invitation to suggest better ways to analyze and present the 2011-2015 data. Please note that these pages appear precisely as they would in the PDF ebook if you're looking at the online 6" x 9" version (since the book's 6"x9"), but are reduced very slightly for the print-oriented version (to 5.5"x8.5") so that two book pages will fit on one printed page.
2016-01-02T08:17:56.137-08:00Cites & Insights 16:2 (February-March 2016) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i2.pdf
A placeholder of sorts.
Embargoes, costs, spending, Lingua/Glossa, flipping and more.
2015-12-02T14:48:55.806-08:00It's an odds-and-ends issue, and what may be oddest of all is that it's still around...
Starting the Volume: notes on the annual edition of Volume 15, The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014, and "plans" for the year.
The series of four blog posts, put together and slightly edited. Why I believe the numbers in a published study of "predatory" article volume are wrong and how they might have gotten that way--with the lagniappe of a first-cut study as to how often the lists of ppppredators actually makes a case.
After a mere two years, here's the second half. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, John Wayne, George Hayes (before and after his "Gabby" persona), Yakima Canutt and many others...
This year's installment of The Low and the High of It, now including portable systems, with a mere 551 to 1 ratio between the cheapest and most expensive CD-only stereo system consisting entirely of Stereophile-recommended components (only 37 to 1 for all-Class-A components) and, wait for it, 1,224 to 1 between the cheapest and most expensive CD-and-LP stereo systems. Also a baker's dozen of other items.
2015-11-02T08:27:24.059-08:00The December 2015 issue of Cites & Insights (15:11) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i11.pdf
No weird old tricks for reducing belly fat, but 102 items worth reading in a baker's dozen of subtopics related to ethics and access (open and otherwise)--and #25 may astonish you! Or not.
No, it's really not a listicle--otherwise I'd have to find 102 ads and free (or plagiarized) illustrations. It's a bigger-than-usual roundup, with just a little humor (and a few exclamation points--and one interrobang).
2015-10-05T09:50:24.599-07:00Cites & Insights 15:10 (November 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i10.pdf
A few notes about the rest of the issue--and a status report on The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014.
Three years of updates on the seemingly endless Google Books story, which has now become almost entirely about fair use.
A handful of items regarding fair use that don't hinge on Google Books or HathiTrust.
Pretty much what the title says, and again the main thrust appears to be fair use. (The elephant? Read the essay, including a little bit of Unicode.)
2015-09-12T16:27:36.861-07:00The October 2015 Cites & Insights (15:9) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i9.pdf
This is an excerpted version of the book of the same name, including roughly half the text, none of the dozens of graphs, and about one-third of the overall content (at least by pagination).
It provides all the overall numbers for this first comprehensive study of serious gold OA publishing (where I define "serious" as "included in the Directory of Open Access Journals"), and a few examples of what's in the subject coverage--but it omits most subject details and a number of secondary aspects of the overall coverage.
It should give you a good picture of where things stand with gold open access throughout the world, not just in English-speaking (or English-publishing) countries.
While some of you (and your libraries) should and will find the book worth purchasing (I hope), this report should be enough for many of you. The only added material is a brief introductory note with links to the book site.
2015-08-13T10:44:23.120-07:00More than half a million articles appeared in Gold OA journals (in DOAJ) in 2014--in more than 9,700 such journals. (The 400,000 mark was actually reached in 2012.)
This essay expands on a July 26, 2015 post regarding the remainder of my full scan of DOAJ journals and what will happen with that scan--and the deadline to get an "active hyperlink" version of the final report.The two-column version continues with:
The remainder of my little journey through publications past (omitting self published material including, ahem, Cites & Insights), covering 1995 to the present. I think it's interesting and a little fun. You might also.The single-column version continues with:
Excerpts from the very first issue of Cites & Insights and from three issues that have been downloaded less often than others.
2015-06-02T16:14:01.991-07:00Cites & Insights 15:7 (July 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i7.pdf
There's a new ebook and book out, containing all of the Open Access Landscape subject chapters--but with more material as well. You can't buy it as such, but a small donation to Cites & Insights will get you a link to the PDF and another link to pick up the 202-page (186+xvi) paperback for $7. You can donate at the Cites & Insights home page. (Also: Chapter 16 to show what's included, and some notes about the PDF changes in this issue.)
My current personal beliefs about the present and future of OA--including cases where I know what I believe and I hope I'm wrong. Also the first "Thinking about Libraries and Access" (from nine years ago) and some brief notes.
Twenty years ago (as of ALA Annual, that is), I was pleasantly surprised with an unexpected award. This "essay" consists of anywhere from a sentence to a paragraph of (nearly all) my books and articles leading up to that award--from 1976 through 1994 in pretty much chronological order. You may find it amusing. Or not.
2015-05-04T08:08:36.753-07:00Cites & Insights 15:6 (June 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i6.pdf
This oddity offers some notes on OA publishers and journals that make it easier--or harder--than usual to find out how many articles appear in a journal over a given year, from the utter simplicity of MDPI, SciELO and j-stage to the utter...well, read the article.
Noting and discussing a range of commentaries by people who are either "I'm all for OA, but..." (where the but is the most important word in that phrase) or discussing ways in which others attempt to undermine OA: clearing out two years of "oa-anti" tags.
2015-04-06T08:31:36.812-07:00The May 2015 Cites & Insights (15:5) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i5.pdf
Notes on the series of blog posts that began in early March 2015 and will continue through either mid-September or mid-November; the potential book that would combine those posts and add new material; and the possibility of a five-year longitudinal study of the state of gold OA (2011-2015) in 2016, if funding becomes available.
An elegy (of sorts) for FriendFeed, scheduled to disappear on April 9 (unless Facebook listens to InfoWorld and others and lets it keep going)--and to the Library Society of the World, which in its own informal way has meant so much to me and many others.
A possibly-amusing set of mostly-old musings by others about Twitter's inevitable decline and fall, certainly gone by now, and the decline of Western civilization--also why it's nothing but a note-taking system and the need for balance.
Ten brief (and some not-so-brief) rants and amusements.
2015-03-01T18:11:53.303-08:00Cites & Insights 15:4 (April 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i4.pdf
Publishing costs money. That's a given, although sometimes that cost is so negligible that it can be handled as departmental or library or society overhead. This roundup looks at a range of items related to the economics of journals in general and OA journals in particular, divided into ten general topics. It turns out that I have stronger feelings than I thought about this issue, so there's a fair amount of my own commentary mixed in with excerpts from various posts and articles.
2015-02-04T10:52:47.180-08:00Cites & Insights 15:3 (March 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i3.pdf
Because there will be a published concise version of all this stuff--out this summer from ALA's Library Technology Reports, working title "Idealism and Opportunism: The State of Open Access Journals"--I went through 2,200-odd additional DOAJ journals with English as one of the language options (but not the first one), and was able to add 1,507 more entries to my DOAJ master spreadsheet, which now includes 6,490 journals qualifying for full analysis and 811 that don't.
This essay offers some summary information on the 1,507 added journals and some overall notes on the full DOAJ set--including some new and replacement tables (there may be errors in tables 2.66 b and c and 2.67 b and c in earlier issues).
The essay also offers some details on "N" (not OA) journals, notes on very small journals, a few comments on opportunism, idealism and initiative--and the URLs for two spreadsheets offering anonymized versions of the DOAJ and Beall data.
(Note that the DOAJ spreadsheet has just been changed to shift 580 "B" journals there because of $1,000-or-more APCs to a new "A$" subgrade, since the high APC was the only issue with them. The summary text in this issue has NOT been changed to reflect this refinement; the Library Technology Reports issue will reflect the change.)
The two spreadsheeets are on figshare and licensed with the Creative Commons "BY" license, making them available for any use as long as attribution is provided. Each spreadsheet includes a data key as a second page.
Bringing discussions of ebooks vs. (or and) pbooks up to date from the January 2014 essay. In most cases, "and" is now the prevailing attitude as ebook sales appear to have plateaued--although of course there are still those who say print books will die Because Digital and now, oddly, a few who say ebooks will die or are dead (which I regard as equally unlikely).
2015-01-04T16:54:13.718-08:00Cites & Insights 15.2 (February 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i2.pdf
Notes on readership, 2014. Also a few notes on "the fourth half," partially likely to appear in the March 2015 issue.
That's right! After a one-year hiatus, it's time for another Deathwatch, and this one does include a few death of books/death of libraries items.
Starting with 69 citations on copyright extremism (from both sides), this roundup includes two dozen items that still seemed worth noting.
2014-12-02T07:50:38.753-08:00The January 2015 issue of Cites & Insights (15:1) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i1.pdf
Most of this essay (pp. 7-19) is the "Third Half" of the two-part Journals and "Journals" examination in the October/November and December 2014 issues--adding another 1,200-odd bio/med journals from DOAJ and looking at overall patterns. The essay also includes four briefer discussions related to DOAJ and gold OA journals.
A baker's dozen of sometimes-snarky mini-essays.
2014-11-02T10:32:08.406-08:00The December 2014 Cites & Insights (14:11) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i11.pdf
If you've been reading various commentaries about Gold OA journals--including Part 1--you may be wondering where all those supposed no-fee Gold OA journals are. This piece helps to tell that story. Specifically, of 2,843 journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals as of May 7, 2014 that have an English interface version, aren't from either OASPA members or Beall-list publishers, and are not about aspects of medicine or biology--and that actually published one or more articles between January 2011 and June 30, 2014--more than 78% do not charge fees of any sort, and those journals published 53% of the articles published by the whole group during that period. Those percentages grow to almost 92% and more than 81%, respectively, for 1,426 journals in the humanities and social sciences.
This article looks at the "DOAJ set" in depth, including new tables that show distribution of articles (and journals publishing articles during a year) on a year-by-year basis, including the percentage of free journals and articles from those journals for each year. But there's more: I also look at journals by broad topic (27 of them, in 8 even broader groups and two extremely broad supergroups), showing simplified tables for each topic within the DOAJ set and overall numbers for all three sets (OASPA, Beall and DOAJ). Broader groups are compared for all three sets.
There's a brief discussion (with two graphs) of starting dates for journals. There's a less-brief consideration of average cost per article by topic, making some simplifying assumptions Those expecting my comments on the new DOAJ criteria and my thoughts on diseconomies of scale for some kinds of OA journal will have to wait for the January 2015 C&I, which will also look at (at least some of the) DOAJ journals omitted this time around.
2014-10-13T08:05:08.268-07:00The October/November 2014 issue of Cites & Insights (14:10) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i10.pdf
This essay builds on the July 2014 Cites & Insights investigation by including full article counts for the thousands of OA journals in Beall's lists (that is, those that actually publish articles!) and those published by OASPA members, extending the article counts back to 2011, and modifying the groups of journals to be more meaningful.
It also introduces the rough numbers for the new set of Gold OA journals that will form the heart of Part 2 of this two-part essay (the December 2014 C&I), namely more than three thousand journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals as of May 7, 2014 that aren't in one of the other two sets, that do have enough English in the interface for me to analyze them and that are not on biology-related or human medicine-related topics.
2014-08-25T13:26:24.557-07:00Cites & Insights 14:9 (September 2014) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i9.pdf
I promised a list of supporters and sponsors and an overall report on the outcome of the spring 2014 fundraising campaign for C&I. Here it is. Oh, there's also "A Word to the Easily Confused" about the definition of "journal," the change in the masthead to "periodical" because some folks are easily confused, and the need for consistency when choosing to regard gray literature as worthless.
A half-dozen subtopics (actually five subtopics and some miscellanea) involving Elsevier that haven't been covered recently elsewhere in C&I.
2014-07-15T15:20:08.698-07:00Cites & Insights 14:8 (August 2014) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i8.pdf The two-column print-oriented issue is 32 pages long. A single-column 6x9" version designed for online/tablet reading is also available, at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i8on.pdf (The single-column version is 61 pages long.) This issue includes the following:
If you read the June 2014 issue, you may be aware that "Big-Deal Serial Purchasing: Tracking the Damage" wasn't available when I thought it would be.
It's available now; this brief essay offers the link to the ALA Store page for the Library Technology Reports issue and notes the complementary book for those academic librarians with deeper interests.
I believe every academic library should pay attention to this issue of LTR. If your library subscribes, it should be available now (electronically) or in a few days (in print form). If it doesn't, you should buy the issue as a separate. Some of you really would find Beyond the Damage: Circulation, Coverage and Staffing useful as well.
Notes on self-publishing and whether or not it makes sense for you (or for your library to assist with).
A range of commentaries having to do with open access and ethics over the past 18 months or so--and a couple of brief followups on previous essays. (You may notice that one Very Large Journal Publisher doesn't show up much in this essay. Its time will come.)What's not here: the list of C&I supporters and sponsors. I'll add the three names (yes, three) in a later issue.
2014-06-09T14:30:06.661-07:00Cites & Insights 14:7 (July 2014) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i7.pdf That URL is for the traditional two-column print-oriented ejournal. If you plan to read the journal on a computer, a tablet or other e-device (and if you plan to follow links), you're much better off--especially in this case--downloading the single-column online-oriented version at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i7on.pdf [Links may not work from the two-column version. Conversely, some boldface may not show up in the one-column version. This issue has two dozen tables, some of which have smaller type in the two-column version, making the one-column version easier to read.] The two-column version is 24 pages long. The single-column 6x9 version is 45 pages long. The issue consists of a single essay, all original material (except for a few excerpts from publisher pages):
Jeffrey Beall's 4P (potential, probable, possible predatory) publisher and journal lists total 9,219 journals in early April 2014.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) totals 9.822 journals as of early June 2014. 9,219 is 93.9% of 9,822.
But: 90.8% of the journals in DOAJ are not represented in Beall's lists.
A paradox? Not really.
This special issue does something I don't believe has ever been done before (and is unlikely ever to be done again): looks at every journal from every publisher on Beall's lists to see whether they're plausible predators--whether they could reasonably attract any sensible author.
Yes, I even used a control group: members of the OASPA. And two subject groups from DOAJ as secondary control groups.
What's here? A discussion of my methodology (of course); the results; the control-group results; the subject-group results; some notes on "the name game" (anyone want to help start up International Journal of International Journals?); a few notes from some "publisher" sites; some comments on fee vs. free; discussing real and possible predators--and a list of potentially predatory characteristics of subscription journal publishers; a couple of other issues; and some conclusions, including a new and faster "Is this a reasonable journal?" methodology.If you read C&I 14.4 or 14.5 (and thousands of you did), I believe you must read this issue, the product of months of research and analysis.
2014-05-28T13:53:44.135-07:00Cites & Insights 14:6 (June 2014) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i6.pdf
Libraries that subscribe to Library Technology Reports should, some time in the next few days or weeks, receive "Big-Deal Serial Purchasing: Tracking the Damage"--and academic libraries that don't subscribe to LTR may want to purchase this edition from ALA Editions. It brings last year's The Big Deal and the Damage Done forward to cover 2002-2012 and offers a tighter and more sophisticated view of the situation. (Spoiler alert: Things got worse from 2010 to 2012)
Simultaneously, I'm publishing Beyond the Damage: Circulation, Coverage and Staffing, a book looking at some other aspects of academic libraries and how they changed between 2002 and 2012. It's available in two forms, each $45: a 130-page paperback with color graphs--or a site-licensed PDF ebook with precisely the same content. Easiest way to find it: go to Lulu.com and search "Crawford beyond damage" (no quotes needed)--that currently yields just the two versions.
For the first time, most of these movies are in color--which doesn't necessarily mean they're better, as this is also (I believe) the first time I've given up on movies before they're finished in five out of 24 cases. There are some gems, but also some real dross here.
Little snarky essays on a variety of things, not all of them entirely humorous.