Sunday, October 15, 2017

Cites & Insights October 2017 available: Gray OA 2014-2017

Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, the October 2017 Cites & Insights (17.9), is now available for downloading at

The single-essay issue is 42 pages long (38 numbered pages).

 It updates article-count and status-code information (but not APC/fee information) for gray OA journals not in DOAJ, adding full-year 2016 article counts and January-June 2017 counts, doubled for ease of comparisons.

Journals in Gray OA 2012-2016 that have been added to DOAJ have been removed from the new report.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cites & Insights September 2017 available

The September 2017 issue of Cites & Insights (17:8) is now available for downloading at

A very personal and very short issue (12 6" x 9" pages) includes two essays:

The Front: Maybe I'm Doing it Wrong  pp. 1-4

Hat-tip to Randy Newman for the title, and--although this was written over the weekend and it's not referred to in the essay, even indirectly--to CHE for once again making my point.

Perspective: Where I Stand: OA, "Predatory," Blacklists, the Bealllists and Thought Leadership  pp. 4-12

That's not even the full title. There's a subtitle, "or why 140 characters is less than 1% of what I need to say about this cluster of topics," which relates to the Twitter "conversation" that resulted in this somewhat-redundant commentary being written.

Enjoy. Or not.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cites & Insights 17.7 (August 2017) available

The August 2017 Cites & Insights (volume 17, issue 7) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights,info/civ17i7.pdf

The 32-page (6" x 9", designed for online/tablet reading) issue includes:

The Front: The Summer Issues pp. 1-2

An ode to stone fruit season and a note on lack of deeper significance.

Media: Mystery Collection, Part 8 pp. 2-16

Three years in the making, this set of mini-reviews covers discs 43 through 48 of the 250-movie collection.

The Back pp. 17-31

Audio oddities: catching up with almost a year's worth of peculiarities--plus a tally of International Journals of Stuff.
What's that you say? What's on page 32? Overhead: the ongoing nearly-pointless "Pay What You Wish" and the masthead. The last page is short, and I chose not to write a couple of paragraphs to pad it.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Cites & Insights 17:6 (July 2017) available

The July 2017 Cites & Insights (17:6) is now available for downloading at

This 60-page (6" x 9") issue consists of one essay:

Intersections: Economics and Access 2017 pp. 1-60

A roundup of various items relating to the cost, price, fees and other aspects of scholarly journals, with an emphasis on open access.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Cites & Insights 17.5 available: subject supplement to GOAJ2

Cites & Insights 17.5 (June 2017) is now available for downloading at

 The 84-page issue (6" x 9" pages designed for online/device reading) includes:

The Front: The Countries of OAWorld 2: 2011-2016 pp. 1-11

Announcing The Countries of OAWorld 2: 2011-2016 (links at the usual place) and adding some comments on the cover--specifically, a copy of the heatmap, a table with the data used for the heatmap (combined 2015-2016 OAWorld articles per 100,000 population of each country), and another heatmap and table including APCLand articles (which mostly boosts Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to three of the top four spots).

Intersections: Subject Supplement to GOAJ2 pp. 11-84

There won't be a separate paperback and PDF for subjects this year; this long article expands the one-page-per-subject coverage in GOAJ2 itself, adding up to six more tables and two graphs for each subject.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cites & Insights 17:4 (May 2017) available

Cites & Insights 17:4 (May 2017) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights,info/civ17i4.pdf

The 80-page issue consists of an introductory page, a final page, and the first seven chapters of GOAJ2: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2017. It's a shorter version--unchanged but omitting sections on subjects and regions.

If you're downloading the free ebook or purchasing the $6 trade paperback (see here for links), there's no reason to read the issue: you won't learn anything more.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Cites & Insights 17:3 (April 2017) available

Cites & Insights 17:3 (April 2017) is now available for downloading at

The 32-page 6"x9" single-column issue* includes two essays:

The Art of the Beall pp. 1-20

[Hat-tip to Phil Davis for the title.] The blacklists have "disappeared," but not the blather. Almost entirely material from January 16, 2017 to April 3, 2017. And remember that a comprehensive study of journals that were on the lists and their article counts from 2012 through June 30, 2016 is available as C&I 17.1.

Libraries and Communities pp. 21-32

If the first essay's all recent material, this one's not: items date from October 2009 to May 2014. Some thoughts on libraries and/in their communities, mostly by people better qualified to write about these things than I am
*Reminder: Cites & Insights is now optimized for online/tablet reading. If you're printing it out, I recommend having your PDF software print as a booklet, which should require 8 sheets of paper. Very slightly smaller type, good paper efficiency.