Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Cites & Insighta 17:2 available

Cites & Insights 17:2 (February 2017) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ17i2.pdf The 30-page issue (6" x 9", single column, optimized for online/tablet reading) includes:

The Front pp. 1-3

Announcing the 2016 Cites & Insights Annual and reduced prices for all C&I Annuals; also a change to CC BY (from CC BY-NC) and partial readership notes.

Technology pp. 4-18

Eleven little items spotlighting older (but still relevant) items--and an update on the bandwidth of a 747: it's now 4.7 petabits per second (New York to LA), assuming consumer media--namely a whole bunch of 4 terabyte solid state drives. (As before, the limiting factor is always weight, not space.)

The Back pp. 18-30

The annual update to The Money of Music, and eleven other items or groups of items.
The next issue will probably be on Economics and Access. When that will be...well, I've started the scan for Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2016 (that might turn out to be 2011-2016 if I can figure out how to make the tables readable), and we'll see how that goes.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Cites & Insights Number 200 available

A very special Cites & Insights, Volume 17, Issue 1, whole number 200, is now available for downloading at http://cical.info/civ17i1.pdf (or at http://citesandinsights.info/civ17i1.pdf if you prefer).

The 72-page 6" x 9" issue is a monograph:

Gray OA 2012-2016: Open Access Journals Beyond DOAJ

It's the result of several months of investigation into the rest of gold OA, beyond "serious gold OA" (journals in DOAJ). I liken it to making brandy out of sour grapes, since it relies on Beall's lists as the most complete known lists of "other" OA publishers and journals [journals that are also in DOAJ--a few hundred--aren't included in the monograph].

This monograph is not available in paperback form; at 72 pages (actually 68 + front matter) it just didn't make sense. It looks at -- gulp -- more than 18,900 journals and "journals," of which 7,743 appear to have published at least one article between 1/1/2012 and 6/30/2016--and, if you're familiar with a certain article claiming 420,000 "predatory" articles in 2014 [Chapter 4 of this monograph deals with that paper], the maximum number of articles for 2014 appears to be 255,183--but only 113,996 of these were in journals on the lists at the time the article was done, and only 29,947 in journals where a legitimate case against the journal or publisher had been made.

It doesn't look like a typical issue (the first page is a book title page but with the C&I banner at the bottom of the page) and it's distinctly not typical: more effort went into this issue than into a year's worth of typical issues.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cites & Insights 16:8 available

The September/October 2016 Cites & Insights (16:8) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i8.pdf

The print-oriented two-column 8.5x11" issue is 24 pages long. If you plan to read the issue on a computer, tablet or e-reader, you may prefer the 47-page 6x9" single-column "online version" at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i8on.pdf

The content in both versions is identical.

This issue consists of a single essay:

Intersections: Ethics and Access pp. 1-24

A much shorter roundup than the previous Ethics and Access piece, still covering a lot of ground, including DOAJ, NEJM and Data Sharing, Sci-Hub, Identifying "Bad Guys," Questionable?, The Aginners, Speaking of Beall... and Miscellany.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cites & Insights 16:7 (August 2016) available for downloading

Cites & Insights 16:7 (August 2016) is now available for downloading at http://citesndinsights.info/civ16i7.pdf

The issue is 22 pages long. Those reading on a computer, tablet, etc. may prefer the 6"x9" single-column version at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i7on.pdf

The single-column version is 43 pages long.

This issue includes the following:

The Front p. 1

A quick blurb to announce The Countries of OAWorld 2011-2015, the final ebook/paperback in the Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015 trilogy.

Words: Catching Up with Books. E and P pp. 1-17

What it says--not only ebooks and [or vs.] print books but other aspects of the book marketplace.

The Back pp. 17-22

Fifteen snarky little essays, fewer than half on audiophollies.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cites & Insights 16:6 (July 2016) available

Cites & Insights 16:6 (July 2016) is now available for downloading at citesandinsights.info/civ16i6.pdf

The 2-column print version is 14 pages. If you're reading it online or on a tablet, you may prefer the 27-page 6" x 9" single-column edition.

This issue includes the following:

The Front pp. 1-2

The release of Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2015: A Subject Approach and revisions to growth/shrinkage tables in both books, and a quick update on the final piece: The Countries of OAWorld, out sometime in July.

Media: Of Magazines and Newspapers pp. 2-14

It's been two years since a magazine roundup (and I repeat some of that essay, with updates) and much longer since notes on newspapers. This piece offers some stats and comments on both--neither of which is going away or going all-digital any time soon.

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, http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i5on.pdf, is 74 pages long.

The two-column print-oriented version at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i5.pdf 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 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.