Monday, November 02, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:11 (December 2015) available

The December 2015 issue of Cites & Insights (15:11) is now available for downloading at

This issue is 58 pages long.

If you plan to read it online or on an ereader (ebook, tablet, whatever), you may prefer the single-column 6" x 9" edition, 111 pages long, at

This issue contains one essay:

Intersections: Ethics and Access 2015 pp. 1-58

No weird old tricks for reducing belly fat, but 102 items worth reading in a baker's dozen of subtopics related to ethics and access (open and otherwise)--and #25 may astonish you! Or not.

No, it's really not a listicle--otherwise I'd have to find 102 ads and free (or plagiarized) illustrations. It's a bigger-than-usual roundup, with just a little humor (and a few exclamation points--and one interrobang).

Monday, October 05, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:10 (November 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15:10 (November 2015) is now available for downloading at

This print-oriented two-column version is 38 pages long.

If you plan to read the issue on a tablet or computer, you may prefer the 6"x9" single column version, 74 pages long, which is available at

Unlike the book-excerpt October 2015 issue, there's no advantage to the single-column version (other than its being single-column), and copyfitting has only been done on the two-column version. (As has been true for a couple of months, both versions do include links, bookmarks and visible bolding.)

This issue includes the following essays, stepping away from open access for a bit:

The Front: A Fair Use Trilogy p. 1

A few notes about the rest of the issue--and a status report on The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014.

Policy: Google Books: The Neverending Story? pp. 1-18

Three years of updates on the seemingly endless Google Books story, which has now become almost entirely about fair use.

Policy: Catching Up on Fair Use pp. 18-24

A handful of items regarding fair use that don't hinge on Google Books or HathiTrust.

Intersections: Tracking the Elephant: Notes on HathiTrust pp. 24-38

Pretty much what the title says, and again the main thrust appears to be fair use. (The elephant? Read the essay, including a little bit of Unicode.)  

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:9 (October 2015) available

The October 2015 Cites & Insights (15:9) is now available for downloading at

The issue is 36 pages long--but you may find the 73-page single-column version at easier to read, and it's slightly more complete. (I had to delete columns from some tables to get them to fit into the narrower column without reducing type to 6 or 7 points, which I regarded as unreadably small.)

The issue consists of one essay:

Intersections: The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014 pp. 1-36

This is an excerpted version of the book of the same name, including roughly half the text, none of the dozens of graphs, and about one-third of the overall content (at least by pagination).

It provides all the overall numbers for this first comprehensive study of serious gold OA publishing (where I define "serious" as "included in the Directory of Open Access Journals"), and a few examples of what's in the subject coverage--but it omits most subject details and a number of secondary aspects of the overall coverage.

It should give you a good picture of where things stand with gold open access throughout the world, not just in English-speaking (or English-publishing) countries.

While some of you (and your libraries) should and will find the book worth purchasing (I hope), this report should be enough for many of you. The only added material is a brief introductory note with links to the book site.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

August-September 2015 Cites & Insights (15:8) now available

More than half a million articles appeared in Gold OA journals (in DOAJ) in 2014--in more than 9,700 such journals. (The 400,000 mark was actually reached in 2012.)

That initial finding is at the heart of the lead essay in a unique issue of Cites & Insights, available in two different versions:  

Cites & Insights 15:8 (August-September 2015), the "standard" version (two-column, print-oriented), is 26 pages long and available at

The two-column version, designed for online or tablet reading, is 51 pages and available at

What's unique is that the two versions are textually different. Both versions begin with:

The Front: About The [Nearly Complete] OA Landscape 2011-2014 pp. 1-4 (pp. 1-7 in one column version)

This essay expands on a July 26, 2015 post regarding the remainder of my full scan of DOAJ journals and what will happen with that scan--and the deadline to get an "active hyperlink" version of the final report.
The two-column version continues with:

Perspective: A Few Words, Part 2 pp. 4-26

The remainder of my little journey through publications past (omitting self published material including, ahem, Cites & Insights), covering 1995 to the present. I think it's interesting and a little fun. You might also.
The single-column version continues with:

Perspective: Some Moldy Oldies from C&I pp. 7-51

Excerpts from the very first issue of Cites & Insights and from three issues that have been downloaded less often than others.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:7 (July 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15:7 (July 2015) is now available for downloading at

This odd summer issue is 20 pages long.

If you're planning to read it online or on an e-device, you may prefer the 37-page one-column 6x9" edition, available at

(Thanks to a change in software support, both versions should show boldface, have working hyperlinks, and have bookmarks.)

The issue includes:

The Front: The Open Access Landscape: An Interim View pp. 1-4

There's a new ebook and book out, containing all of the Open Access Landscape subject chapters--but with more material as well. You can't buy it as such, but a small donation to Cites & Insights will get you a link to the PDF and another link to pick up the 202-page (186+xvi) paperback for $7. You can donate at the Cites & Insights home page. (Also: Chapter 16 to show what's included, and some notes about the PDF changes in this issue.)

Perspective: Thinking about Libraries and Access, Take 2 pp. 4-11

My current personal beliefs about the present and future of OA--including cases where I know what I believe and I hope I'm wrong. Also the first "Thinking about Libraries and Access" (from nine years ago) and some brief notes.

Perspective: A Few Words, Part 1 pp. 11-20

Twenty years ago (as of ALA Annual, that is), I was pleasantly surprised with an unexpected award. This "essay" consists of anywhere from a sentence to a paragraph of (nearly all) my books and articles leading up to that award--from 1976 through 1994 in pretty much chronological order. You may find it amusing. Or not.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Cites & Insights 15:6 (June 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15:6 (June 2015) is now available for downloading at

The print-oriented two-column version is 24 pages long. For those reading online or on an e-device, or who wish to follow links in the issue, a 46-page single-column 6x9" version is available at

The June 2015 issue includes:

The Front: Making It Easy, Making It Hard: A Personal Note on Counting Articles pp. 1-4

This oddity offers some notes on OA publishers and journals that make it easier--or harder--than usual to find out how many articles appear in a journal over a given year, from the utter simplicity of MDPI, SciELO and j-stage to the utter...well, read the article.

Intersections: Who Needs Open Access, Anyway? pp. 4-24

Noting and discussing a range of commentaries by people who are either "I'm all for OA, but..." (where the but is the most important word in that phrase) or discussing ways in which others attempt to undermine OA: clearing out two years of "oa-anti" tags.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Cites & Insights 15.5 (May 2015) available

The May 2015 Cites & Insights (15:5) is now available for downloading at

The 2-column print-oriented version is 24 pages long.

 If you're reading it online or on an e-reader (tablet, etc.), or if you want working links, you may prefer the one-column 6x9" version (46 pages long), available at This issue includes:

The Front: The Open Access Landscape pp. 1-3

Notes on the series of blog posts that began in early March 2015 and will continue through either mid-September or mid-November; the potential book that would combine those posts and add new material; and the possibility of a five-year longitudinal study of the state of gold OA (2011-2015) in 2016, if funding becomes available.

Libraries: FriendFeed, Going. LSW, Not. pp. 3-10

An elegy (of sorts) for FriendFeed, scheduled to disappear on April 9 (unless Facebook listens to InfoWorld and others and lets it keep going)--and to the Library Society of the World, which in its own informal way has meant so much to me and many others.

Social Networks: Slightly More Than 140 Characters Words Sentences Paragraphs About Twitter pp. 10-19

A possibly-amusing set of mostly-old musings by others about Twitter's inevitable decline and fall, certainly gone by now, and the decline of Western civilization--also why it's nothing but a note-taking system and the need for balance.

The Back pp. 19-24

Ten brief (and some not-so-brief) rants and amusements.