Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cites & Insights 16:4 (May 2016) available

The May 2016 issue of Cites & Insights, volume 16 issue 4, is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i4.pdf

The issue is 13 pages long.

If you're reading it online or on a tablet, you may prefer the one-column 6"x9" edition at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i4on.pdf. That version is 26 pages long (and lacks one extraneous paragraph).

The short but meaty issue includes:

The Front p. 1

Why it's short.

Intersections: Two Worlds of Gold OA: APCLand and OAWorld pp. 2-5

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).

Policy: Google Books: The Final Chapter? pp. 6-13

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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cites & Insights 16:3 (April 2016) available

The April 2016 Cites & Insights (16:3) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i3.pdf

That print-oriented version is 30 pages long.

If you're planning to read online or on an ereader, you may prefer the single-column 6" x 9" version, 59 pages long, available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i3on.pdf

While much of this issue has appeared as a series of posts in this blog, the final section of the lead essay is new, as is the fourth essay; the final section reprints 35 pages of The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 to serve as context for a portion of the first essay.

This issue includes:

The Front: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015: A SPARC Project pp. 1-8

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.

The Front (also): Readership Notes pp. 8-9

Notes on the most frequently downloaded issues in Volume 15 and the most frequently downloaded issues overall.

Intersections: "Trust Me": The Other Problem with Beall's Lists pp. 9-11

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.

The Back pp. 11-12

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.

The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014, pp. 39-73 following page 12

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.

Next issue?

I did not label this the April-May 2016 issue. Whether there's a May issue in late April or early May, or a May-June issue later in May, depends on a number of factors having mostly to do with Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Cites & Insights 16:2 (February-March 2016) available

Cites & Insights 16:2 (February-March 2016) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i2.pdf

The double issue is 46 pages long.

 If you're reading online or on a tablet or other e-device, you may prefer the single-column 6"x9" version, which is 89 pages long and available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i2on.pdf

The issue includes:

The Front p. 1

A placeholder of sorts.

Intersections: Economics and Access pp. 1-46

Embargoes, costs, spending, Lingua/Glossa, flipping and more.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Cites & Insights 16:1 (January 2016) available

It's an odds-and-ends issue, and what may be oddest of all is that it's still around...

The January 2016 Cites & Insights (16:1) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i1.pdf

The two-column print-oriented issue is 26 pages long. If you're reading it online or on a tablet (or whatever), you might prefer the 51-page single-column 6x9" version at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i1on.pdf

The issue includes:

The Front pp. 1-2

Starting the Volume: notes on the annual edition of Volume 15, The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014, and "plans" for the year.

Intersections: PPPPredatory Article Counts: An Investigation pp. 2-10

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.

Media: 50 Movie Gunslinger Classics, part 2 pp. 10-19

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...

The Back pp. 19-26

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.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:11 (December 2015) available

The December 2015 issue of Cites & Insights (15:11) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i11.pdf

This issue is 58 pages long.

If you plan to read it online or on an ereader (ebook, tablet, whatever), you may prefer the single-column 6" x 9" edition, 111 pages long, at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i11on.pdf

This issue contains one essay:

Intersections: Ethics and Access 2015 pp. 1-58

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).

Monday, October 05, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:10 (November 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15:10 (November 2015) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i10.pdf

This print-oriented two-column version is 38 pages long.

If you plan to read the issue on a tablet or computer, you may prefer the 6"x9" single column version, 74 pages long, which is available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i10on.pdf

Unlike the book-excerpt October 2015 issue, there's no advantage to the single-column version (other than its being single-column), and copyfitting has only been done on the two-column version. (As has been true for a couple of months, both versions do include links, bookmarks and visible bolding.)

This issue includes the following essays, stepping away from open access for a bit:

The Front: A Fair Use Trilogy p. 1

A few notes about the rest of the issue--and a status report on The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014.

Policy: Google Books: The Neverending Story? pp. 1-18

Three years of updates on the seemingly endless Google Books story, which has now become almost entirely about fair use.

Policy: Catching Up on Fair Use pp. 18-24

A handful of items regarding fair use that don't hinge on Google Books or HathiTrust.

Intersections: Tracking the Elephant: Notes on HathiTrust pp. 24-38

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.)  

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:9 (October 2015) available

The October 2015 Cites & Insights (15:9) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i9.pdf

The issue is 36 pages long--but you may find the 73-page single-column version at http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i9on.pdf easier to read, and it's slightly more complete. (I had to delete columns from some tables to get them to fit into the narrower column without reducing type to 6 or 7 points, which I regarded as unreadably small.)

The issue consists of one essay:

Intersections: The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 pp. 1-36

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.