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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.”

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

California Healthcare Compare Project

“In California, Consumer Reports is looking out for consumers by bringing you free healthcare cost and quality information in a graphic, easy-to-understand way. Using the tools available through our website, California Healthcare Compare, you can find the higher- and lower-performing hospitals and medical groups for childbirth, hip and knee replacement, back pain, colon cancer screening,Continue Reading

ANONIZE: A Large-Scale Anonymous Survey System

ANONIZE: A Large-Scale Anonymous Survey System – Susan Hohenberger Johns Hopkins University; Steven Myers Indiana University; abhi shelat University of Virginia; Rafael Pass Cornell University. “A secure ad-hoc survey scheme enables a survey authority to independently (with- out any interaction) select an ad-hoc group of registered users based only on their identities (e.g., their emailContinue Reading

News for Journalists – Introducing Signal for Facebook and Instagram

News release: “We’ve heard from journalists that they want an easy way to make Facebook a more vital part of their news gathering with the ability to surface relevant trends, photos, videos, and posts on Facebook and Instagram for use in their storytelling and reporting. Today we’re excited to introduce Signal, for Facebook and Instagram,Continue Reading

Pew – Libraries at the Crossroads

The public is interested in new services and thinks libraries are important to communities By John B. Horrigan – September 15, 2015. “American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expressesContinue Reading

Publication Trends in Library Reserves: A Quantitative Content Analysis

Georgia Library Quarterly – Vol 52, No 3 (Summer 2015) – Denise Dimsdale, Georgia State University: “The purpose of this study is to investigate the peer-reviewed literature on library reserves in post-secondary institutions and to identify publication trends over time. The study analyzes library literature in a systematic way to provide statistical insight into publishingContinue Reading

Report – new tech job hubs in smaller cities around the country

Bloomberg – The Unlikely Cities That Will Power the U.S. Economy: “..In San Diego, 9.3 percent of workers hold STEM jobs. The city kickstarted its tech economy by investing in local universities beginning in the 1960s. Durham, N.C., has a STEM labor force that’s 13.9 percent of all workers. Its biotech economy started with aContinue Reading

White Paper – Empowering librarians with fact-based analytics

Playing “Moneyball” in Librarianship:  The Winning Strategy of Gap Analysis By Tommy Doyle Senior Vice President, Elsevier “…Researchers and students need both journals and books to build their knowledge around a topic. Journal content provides results of the latest research, while book content provides an interdisciplinary view, along with fundamental and comprehensive knowledge. Book contentContinue Reading

The Internet of Things – 50 Billions Connected Devices and Objects by the Year 2020

OCLC – NextSpace 24 – Libraries and the Internet of Things: “A world divided by the prospect of a world connected . The simplest definition of the Internet of Things (IoT) might be: real-world objects connected to the Internet, sending and receiving data. But beyond that, there is little consensus on what the specific technicalContinue Reading

Practicing Law in the 21st Century Requires Affiliation

Via FindLaw: “Highlights What is required by clients is instant access to information and established relationships everywhere on earth. If law firms cannot quickly provide the information, other professions will. The traditional approach to developing a practice is individual networking with other lawyers or members of other professions. Attorneys make as many contacts as possible.Continue Reading

2015 Digital Business Global Executive Study and Research Project

“MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte’s1 2015 global study of digital business found that maturing digital businesses are focused on integrating digital technologies, such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud, in the service of transforming how their businesses work. Less-mature digital businesses are focused on solving discrete business problems with individual digital technologies. The ability toContinue Reading