Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:7 (July 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15:7 (July 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i7.pdf

This odd summer issue is 20 pages long.

If you're planning to read it online or on an e-device, you may prefer the 37-page one-column 6x9" edition, available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i7on.pdf

(Thanks to a change in software support, both versions should show boldface, have working hyperlinks, and have bookmarks.)

The issue includes:

The Front: The Open Access Landscape: An Interim View pp. 1-4

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.)

Perspective: Thinking about Libraries and Access, Take 2 pp. 4-11

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.

Perspective: A Few Words, Part 1 pp. 11-20

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.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:6 (June 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15:6 (June 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i6.pdf

The print-oriented two-column version is 24 pages long. For those reading online or on an e-device, or who wish to follow links in the issue, a 46-page single-column 6x9" version is available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i6on.pdf

The June 2015 issue includes:

The Front: Making It Easy, Making It Hard: A Personal Note on Counting Articles pp. 1-4

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.

Intersections: Who Needs Open Access, Anyway? pp. 4-24

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.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Cites & Insights 15.5 (May 2015) available

The May 2015 Cites & Insights (15:5) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i5.pdf

The 2-column print-oriented version is 24 pages long.

 If you're reading it online or on an e-reader (tablet, etc.), or if you want working links, you may prefer the one-column 6x9" version (46 pages long), available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i5on.pdf This issue includes:

The Front: The Open Access Landscape pp. 1-3

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.

Libraries: FriendFeed, Going. LSW, Not. pp. 3-10

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.

Social Networks: Slightly More Than 140 Characters Words Sentences Paragraphs About Twitter pp. 10-19

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.

The Back pp. 19-24

Ten brief (and some not-so-brief) rants and amusements.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:4 (April 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15:4 (April 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i4.pdf

The print-oriented version is 38 pages long; it includes boldface as applied but the links don't work.

If you're reading online or on an e-device and want working links (but no boldface), you may prefer the single-column 6x9" version at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i4on.pdf

The single-column version is 72 pages long.

This issue includes the following:

Intersections: The Economies of Open Access pp. 1-38

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.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:3 (March 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15:3 (March 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i3.pdf

The issue is 24 pages long.

If you plan to view it online or need working hyperlinks (at the expense of boldface working--someday, I'll have a new computer and new version of Word's PDF conversion and Acrobat), the single-column 6x9" version, 46 pages long, is available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i3on.pdf

This issue includes the following:

Intersections: One More Chunk of DOAJ pp. 1-10

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.

Words: Books, E and P, 2014 pp. 10-24

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).

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Cites & Insights 15.2 (February 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15.2 (February 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i2.pdf

The two-column print-oriented version (with non-working links but with boldface) is 24 pages long.

A single-column 6x9" version optimized for online viewing and with working hyperlinks (but without boldface), 46 pages long, is available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i2on.pdf

For those of you tired of open access facts and figures, this issue has less than half a page (on page 3) devoted to open access.

The issue includes:

The Front pp. 1-3

Notes on readership, 2014. Also a few notes on "the fourth half," partially likely to appear in the March 2015 issue.

The Middle: Deathwatch 2014! pp. 3-15

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.

Policy: ©: Going to Extremes pp. 15-24

Starting with 69 citations on copyright extremism (from both sides), this roundup includes two dozen items that still seemed worth noting.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Cites & Insights 15:1 (January 2015) available

The January 2015 issue of Cites & Insights (15:1) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i1.pdf

The print-oriented two-column version is 28 pages long.

If you're reading online or on an e-device, you may prefer the single-column 6"x9" version, which is 57 pages long.

The issue includes:

Intersections: The Third Half pp. 1-21

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.

The Back pp. 21-28

A baker's dozen of sometimes-snarky mini-essays.