Friday, May 19, 2017

Cites & Insights 17:4 (May 2017) available

Cites & Insights 17:4 (May 2017) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights,info/civ17i4.pdf

The 80-page issue consists of an introductory page, a final page, and the first seven chapters of GOAJ2: Gold Open Access Journals 2011-2017. It's a shorter version--unchanged but omitting sections on subjects and regions.

If you're downloading the free ebook or purchasing the $6 trade paperback (see here for links), there's no reason to read the issue: you won't learn anything more.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Cites & Insights 17:3 (April 2017) available

Cites & Insights 17:3 (April 2017) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ17i3.pdf

The 32-page 6"x9" single-column issue* includes two essays:

The Art of the Beall pp. 1-20

[Hat-tip to Phil Davis for the title.] The blacklists have "disappeared," but not the blather. Almost entirely material from January 16, 2017 to April 3, 2017. And remember that a comprehensive study of journals that were on the lists and their article counts from 2012 through June 30, 2016 is available as C&I 17.1.

Libraries and Communities pp. 21-32

If the first essay's all recent material, this one's not: items date from October 2009 to May 2014. Some thoughts on libraries and/in their communities, mostly by people better qualified to write about these things than I am
*Reminder: Cites & Insights is now optimized for online/tablet reading. If you're printing it out, I recommend having your PDF software print as a booklet, which should require 8 sheets of paper. Very slightly smaller type, good paper efficiency.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Cites & Insighta 17:2 available

Cites & Insights 17:2 (February 2017) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ17i2.pdf The 30-page issue (6" x 9", single column, optimized for online/tablet reading) includes:

The Front pp. 1-3

Announcing the 2016 Cites & Insights Annual and reduced prices for all C&I Annuals; also a change to CC BY (from CC BY-NC) and partial readership notes.

Technology pp. 4-18

Eleven little items spotlighting older (but still relevant) items--and an update on the bandwidth of a 747: it's now 4.7 petabits per second (New York to LA), assuming consumer media--namely a whole bunch of 4 terabyte solid state drives. (As before, the limiting factor is always weight, not space.)

The Back pp. 18-30

The annual update to The Money of Music, and eleven other items or groups of items.
The next issue will probably be on Economics and Access. When that will be...well, I've started the scan for Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2016 (that might turn out to be 2011-2016 if I can figure out how to make the tables readable), and we'll see how that goes.

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 http://cical.info/civ17i1.pdf (or at http://citesandinsights.info/civ17i1.pdf 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 http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i8.pdf

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 http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i8on.pdf

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 http://citesndinsights.info/civ16i7.pdf

The issue is 22 pages long. Those reading on a computer, tablet, etc. may prefer the 6"x9" single-column version at http://citesandinsights.info/civ16i7on.pdf

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 citesandinsights.info/civ16i6.pdf

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.