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Predatory open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics

Predatory’ open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics. Cenyu Shen and Bo-Christer Björk. Information Systems Science, Hanken School of Economics, Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki 00101, Finland
The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: – Published: 1 October 2015. BMC Medicine 2015, 13:230  doi:10.1186/s12916-015-0469-2.

“Background – A negative consequence of the rapid growth of scholarly open access publishing funded by article processing charges is the emergence of publishers and journals with highly questionable marketing and peer review practices. These so-called predatory publishers are causing unfounded negative publicity for open access publishing in general. Reports about this branch of e-business have so far mainly concentrated on exposing lacking peer review and scandals involving publishers and journals. There is a lack of comprehensive studies about several aspects of this phenomenon, including extent and regional distribution.

Methods – After an initial scan of all predatory publishers and journals included in the so-called Beall’s list, a sample of 613 journals was constructed using a stratified sampling method from the total of over 11,000 journals identified. Information about the subject field, country of publisher, article processing charge and article volumes published between 2010 and 2014 were manually collected from the journal websites. For a subset of journals, individual articles were sampled in order to study the country affiliation of authors and the publication delays.

Results – Over the studied period, predatory journals have rapidly increased their publication volumes from 53,000 in 2010 to an estimated 420,000 articles in 2014, published by around 8,000 active journals. Early on, publishers with more than 100 journals dominated the market, but since 2012 publishers in the 10–99 journal size category have captured the largest market share. The regional distribution of both the publisher’s country and authorship is highly skewed, in particular Asia and Africa contributed three quarters of authors. Authors paid an average article processing charge of 178 USD per article for articles typically published within 2 to 3 months of submission.

Conclusions – Despite a total number of journals and publishing volumes comparable to respectable (indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals) open access journals, the problem of predatory open access seems highly contained to just a few countries, where the academic evaluation practices strongly favor international publication, but without further quality checks.”

Searching SSRN Just Got Easier

Abou SSRN: “SSRN’s new page centralizes all the tools you need to find stuff in the eLibrary. We combined Quick Search and Advanced Search onto one tab, and made it simple to switch to Browse SSRN Networks or Browse JEL Codes. Did you even know all of those functions existed?.. What’s New for the SavvyContinue Reading

Patent Searching Guide

Via Amy Riegelman – University of Minnesota: Patent Searching Tutorial – includes Google Patents and USPTO Patent Database.

OCLC ceases supplying accessions list and catalog cards

“On September 30, 2015, OCLC will end support for Accessions List and Catalog Cards, which have had declining use in recent years.  For more information, please see “Cataloging Cards and Accessions list” FAQs located at or contact Support at [email protected]

Review of the Current Landscape of Library Data Services and Institutional Data Policies

Briney, K., Goben, A., & Zilinski, L. (2015). Do You Have an Institutional Data Policy? A Review of the Current Landscape of Library Data Services and Institutional Data Policies. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 3(2), eP1232. “INTRODUCTION Many research institutions have developed research data services in their libraries, often in anticipation of orContinue Reading

Search the world’s historical newspaper archives

“The goal of is to make it possible to search all the world’s online historic newspapers from one place. We aren’t there yet, but we are adding more newspapers every day. With it is now possible for family historians, genealogists, and researchers to search historic digitized newspaper archives from around the globe. Elephind.comContinue Reading

NYT: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead

New York Times – The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead “The surprising resilience of print has provided a lift to many booksellers. Independent bookstores, which were battered by the recession and competition from Amazon, are showing strong signs of resurgence. The American Booksellers Association counted 1,712 member stores inContinue Reading

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Via Quartz – This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of – “The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself Its creators have solved one ofContinue Reading

New on LLRX – The Next Librarian of Congress – What to do about the Internet Archive and Google Books’ scanning project?

Via – The Next Librarian of Congress – What to do about the Internet Archive and Google Books’ scanning project? – David Rothman offers his insights and perspective on the work and challenges that await the next Librarian of Congress. He calls for an individual who is not only steeped in the requisite expertiseContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Information Illiteracy Stopped through the Developmental Education Program

Via –  Information Illiteracy Stopped through the Developmental Education Program – In Part 2 of her 5 part series, Lorette Weldon, Librarian and Educator, shares insightful and actionable research on why high school students are not guaranteed success in college when they have completed college-preparatory courses, and methods to overcome these challenges.

Adblock Browser, Do Not Track and Acceptable Ads

“Adblock Plus has launched the Adblock Browser, and we’re excited to announce that DuckDuckGo is the default search engine in Adblock Browser on iOS and Android! We’ve been working with the EFF to promote a new “Do Not Track” (DNT) standard for web browsing. We hope this new DNT policy will better protect people fromContinue Reading

Union List of Legislative Histories

[Via Rick McKinney, Assistant Law Librarian, Federal Reserve Board Law Library, Washington, DC] “For several decades the Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. published a Union List of Legislative Histories. The most recent edition is the 7th edition published in loose-leaf in the year 2000 and accompanied by aContinue Reading