[IRTalk] GRAY OA 2012-2016: Open Access Journals beyond DOAJ

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Sun Dec 4 20:40:35 SAST 2016


"Going through the entire Scholarly Open Access archive through June 2016, I found only 112 publishers where Beall had made even a moderate case. ("The publisher has a funny name" and "I think these subjects have enough journals" are not cases.) That's 112 out of 1,025.

Of the 112 plausibly questionable publishers, one was a duplicate, three had entirely empty journals, eight had malware, seven weren't OA publishers at all, one was obscure, and 29 couldn't be reached. That leaves 62 plausibly questionable publishers, accounting for some 3,600 journals (including some 1,900 A and B) and around 63,000 articles in 2015.

Cases where Beall made a legitimate case accounted for only half of questionable cases, less than one-quarter of all gray OA articles, and only one-eighth 3. Breaking Down the Lists and Questionable Journals 27 as many articles as in DOAJ journals in 2015. "

Ina Smith
Planning Manager, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
DOAJ Ambassador, Southern Africa Region
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