Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Cites & Insights 16:5 (June 2016) available

The June 2016 issue of Cites & Insights (volume 16, issue 5) is now available for downloading.

The issue consists of a brief introduction and excerpts from Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015--roughly one-third of the book.

The link above is to the single-column 6x9" version intended for online/tablet reading, because the page size and column width are the same as the book. That version,, is 74 pages long.

The two-column print-oriented version at is 32 pages long, but some tables have very small type.

The July issue may be on a non-OA topic. If there is a July issue: I'm working on two bonus book-length supplements to the book.

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.)