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 (or at 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

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

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

The issue is 22 pages long. Those reading on a computer, tablet, etc. may prefer the 6"x9" single-column version at

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

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,, 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.