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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cites & Insights September 2017 available

The September 2017 issue of Cites & Insights (17:8) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i8.pdf

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 https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i6.pdf

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.