Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Cites & Insights 18:7 (October 2018) available

Cites & Insights 18:7 (October 2018) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i7.pdf

The 24-page issue includes:

Intersections: A Few Small Essays   pp. 1-13


Half of this section is an informal commentary on a remarkable new free list of >35,000 open access journals (and other things) in the humanities and social sciences (mostly) from Jan Szczepanski. There are also commentaries on "when good scholars go bad"--why I think the new spate of articles Viewing With Alarm scholars at serious institutions with articles in "bad" journals are looking at the wrong side of the equation; the colors, and why I think two is enough; why I do not (currently) plan to cover the new Hot Topic in OA; whether you can or should be an OA observer without being an advocate [for or against] or a skeptic; why "Intersections"; and a comprehensive guide to really useful applications of blockchain in libraries. [Omitted for space and because I'm a coward: A suggestion that societies that depend on subscription revenues aren't necessarily better than commercial publishers...]

The Back: Audiophile System Prices 2018  pp. 13-24


This time around, I'm including median systems in each category: systems composed of median-priced components. You can assemble a complete (CD and LP) audiophile system for $1,918--or you can spend $832,223 before adding power conditioners and other extras.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cites & Insights 18.5 available

Cites & Insights 18:5 (August 2018) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i5.pdf

The 34-page summer-light issue includes the following:

Intersections: GOAJ: Commentary Examples pp. 1-7

I could really use feedback on some aspects of the Gold Open Access Journals project, if it goes forward. Two decision points are whether to include my quick comments for each country as part of the Countries book, and whether to include quick comments for each subject as part of the Subject Supplement. This "article" includes some samples of such commentary.

The Middle: Futurism and Forecasts pp. 7-21

Commentary on a combination of general futurism, library futurism and specific forecasts, ranging from 2014 to 2018.

The Back pp. 22-34

Small snarky items on a range of things.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cites & Insights 18.4 available: Subject supplement to GOAJ3

The July 2018 Cites & Insights (18.4) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i4.pdf

The 76-page issue consists of the Subject Supplement to GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017. (As always. links for all portions of all GOAJ editions live at https://waltcrawford.name/goaj.html)

This subject supplement differs from last year's version in two ways (apart from having entirely new data):
  1. As with Gold Open Access Journals by Country 2012-2017, I have forgone added commentary to focus on facts and figures while retaining a reasonable length.
  2. With the exception of Medicine, every subject's list of articles by country includes all OAWorld countries with at least 20 articles in 2017 (APCLand is treated as a country), much more complete lists than last year, with several lists taking more than a page. (The Medicine list would be at least three pages long.)
The article closes with a series of questions to elicit feedback for future editions of GOAJ, if any. Your feedback is appreciated.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Cites & Insights 18.3 (June 2018) available

Cites & Insights 18:3 (June 2018) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i3.pdf

The 76-page issue is basically a shorter version of GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017 for those who aren't ready to read the whole thing (links here):

GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017, chapters 1-7    pp. 2-76


The first seven chapters of the 19-chapter book, providing the key findings. (The full book is a free PDF download or a $5 trade paperback.)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cites & Insights 18:2 (April 2018) available

Five months in the making*, it's ready for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i2.pdf: the April 2018 Cites & Insights, volume 18, number 2.

This 44-page issue includes:

The Front: Readership Notes, 2017 pp. 1-2

A belated set of notes on 2017 readership.

Technology: Wikipedia: Oldish Notes pp. 2-16

Mostly items tagged when I was still tracking Wikipedia more avidly, with most items still (I think) relevant.

Words: Writing, Publishing and Stuff pp. 16-44

Mostly-older (and still relevant) items about topics word-related topics other than ebooks and print books.
There were no February or March issues. There probably won't be a May issue.

* Which is to say, part of this issue was written in December 2017, the rest in April 2018.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Cites & Insights 18:1 (January 2018) available

The January 2018 Cites & Insights (18:1) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i1.pdf

The 48-page (6" x 9") issue includes:

The Front pp. 1-2

Announcing the C&I Annual for 2017, the most booklike annual to date; why you should buy a copy and support C&I; and brief "plans" for the 2018 volume. (Note: there's also a 20% sale on that annual and all other Lulu print books, good through December 25, 2017: use coupon code LULU20.)

Intersections: Open Access Issues pp. 2-42

Issues other than economics and ethics (and "predatory" stuff), that is.

The Back: Audiophile System Prices, 2017 pp. 42-48

This annual feature--this time based on the October 2017 Stereophile--appears as a standalone The Back this time around. Did you know that you can assemble an audiophile-approved CD-only (and probably bass-shy) system for $624, a similar vinyl-only system for $874, or a more typical system with both CD and vinyl for $2,861--or, if you're rolling in it, spend $853,688 (yes, that's for a stereo system).

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Cites & Insights 17:10 (November 2017) available for downloading

The most colorful issue of Cites & Insights to date, November 2017, is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i10.pdf

This 36-page (6x9") issue includes two essays:

Intersections: Gray Portraits pp. 1-26

A brief portrait of each of the 29 publishers and "publishers" with 100 or more journals and "journals" in Gray OA 2014-2017. You can draw your own conclusions as to whether 12 of the "largest" 14 (and 13 of the 29) are different "publishers" or one "publisher" with many aliases.

Social Networks: Remember Facebook? pp. 27-36

A roundup of Facebook-related items from four to seven years ago, which may or may not be of any interest now.