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.

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 https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i9.pdf

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.