Monday, June 09, 2014

Cites & Insights 14:7 (July 2014) now available

Cites & Insights 14:7 (July 2014) is now available for downloading at That URL is for the traditional two-column print-oriented ejournal. If you plan to read the journal on a computer, a tablet or other e-device (and if you plan to follow links), you're much better off--especially in this case--downloading the single-column online-oriented version at [Links may not work from the two-column version. Conversely, some boldface may not show up in the one-column version. This issue has two dozen tables, some of which have smaller type in the two-column version, making the one-column version easier to read.] The two-column version is 24 pages long. The single-column 6x9 version is 45 pages long. The issue consists of a single essay, all original material (except for a few excerpts from publisher pages):

Intersections Journals, "Journals" and Wannabes: Investigating the List (pp. 1-24)

Jeffrey Beall's 4P (potential, probable, possible predatory) publisher and journal lists total 9,219 journals in early April 2014.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) totals 9.822 journals as of early June 2014. 9,219 is 93.9% of 9,822.

But: 90.8% of the journals in DOAJ are not represented in Beall's lists.

A paradox? Not really.

This special issue does something I don't believe has ever been done before (and is unlikely ever to be done again): looks at every journal from every publisher on Beall's lists to see whether they're plausible predators--whether they could reasonably attract any sensible author.

Yes, I even used a control group: members of the OASPA. And two subject groups from DOAJ as secondary control groups.

What's here? A discussion of my methodology (of course); the results; the control-group results; the subject-group results; some notes on "the name game" (anyone want to help start up International Journal of International Journals?); a few notes from some "publisher" sites; some comments on fee vs. free; discussing real and possible predators--and a list of potentially predatory characteristics of subscription journal publishers; a couple of other issues; and some conclusions, including a new and faster "Is this a reasonable journal?" methodology.
If you read C&I 14.4 or 14.5 (and thousands of you did), I believe you must read this issue, the product of months of research and analysis.