Cites & Insights 14:7 (July 2014) available

Walt Crawford waltcrawford at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 9 17:33:40 EDT 2014

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):

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.


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