All Palgrave’s paywall journals have been temporarily added to the JURN index…
“From 1st-31st March 2014, Palgrave Macmillan will be offering free online access to their full journals portfolio. All current and archival content spanning the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Business will be available. Researchers – just start browsing, or search for titles and topics of interest. During March you will have access to ALL articles.”
Access works fine, with a no-nonsense click-and-load of PDFs via Google links.
Wouter has today posted a Powerpoint with a slide showing the number of Dutch open access articles and reviews indexed in Web of Science, 1995-2015…
It’s good to see coverage is ‘on the up’, but it seems that open access journal content from the Netherlands is currently indexed in WoS at just 11%. This is another indication of the low level of OA journal article discoverability in big commercial databases, and a reminder that the coming Google Scholar / Web of Science combo interface won’t make Scholar a one-stop shop for finding open access articles.
Journal of Lithic Studies (archaeological research into the manufacture and use of stone tools)
AI magazine (Artificial intelligence, 18 month paywall)
Open access media studies journals noted as starting very soon:
Series: TV serial narratives.
BWPI Working Papers (Brooks World Poverty Institute, Manchester)
Catalog of onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu (Indexing the subject + titles listing pages only. A curated list, this seems to allow JURN to partly touch the best of the non-fiction in Hathi, Archive.org etc, without loading up with umpteen editions of Heidi and the Lost Cave and similar bits of forgotten fiction)
More new research on Open Access ejournal penetration into commercial journal indexing databases: “Open Access Journals in Communication Studies: Indexing in Five Commercial Databases” (2014). Only…
32 percent of the 147 gold OA journals identified [in Communication Studies] were indexed in five major commercial bibliographical databases commonly subscribed to by academic libraries [including Scopus, EBSCO Complete, Web of Science]
Joseph Esposito has usefully snagged a peek inside a very expensive commercial market report titled Global Social Science & Humanities Publishing 2013-2014.
Social/Humanities publishing is found to be perhaps 25% of the size of Science/Technology/Medicine, at around $5bn. That actually strikes me as something of an achievement, when you consider that we have far smaller research funding inputs and a smaller technical/training infrastructure to call on. But perhaps the $5bn figure is given a strong boost by teacher training textbooks, social work manuals and the like?
Joseph highlights the report’s finding of a highly fragmented market. This market fragmentation is one of the reasons I’m sceptical about the success of a ‘one metadata to rule them all’ solution to OA indexing and discovery. It seems that DOAJ-listed OA journal titles can’t even find their way in full-text into the largest of commercial databases (such as EBSCO Complete) at higher levels than just over 20%. When last heard of the Web of Science / Scopus seemed to be barely scraping 1,000 OA arts and humanities titles indexed. One art history study found that Google Scholar could index only half the DOAJ’s OA art history titles. A dastardly conspiracy to keep OA titles out of these big indexes seems unlikely. So I suspect it’s largely due to many OA editors in the arts and humanities not giving a fig about providing the means to automatically index their content. Their widespread lack of something as basic as RSS feeds seems to confirm that. Persuading them to even glance at a new bit of metadata, let alone tag all their back-issue content with it, thus seems rather a long shot.
Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society (1880-2008)
PhilSci, IEEE, CiteSeerX, NAP Books, and NCBI Bookshelf. Better and more precise indexing of relevant full-text at edoc.hu-berlin.de.
Historical book archive of the U.S. National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service Research Publications archive.
Very nice if you’re in the leafy Home Counties around London, not so useful for those in the industrial Midlands or the North. Although the use terms (“I can only use accessed information for non-commercial research and private study”) make such business access moot for people such as the cybersecurity boffins of Malvern or the ceramics R&D teams of Stoke-on-Trent.
Oh well, there’s always JURN, now with added business and science goodness.
Science Editor (One year paywall)
Three URLs intended to widen coverage of open articles in geology.
“A study was conducted regarding the indexing of [DOAJ listed] open access journals in three large, commercially available full-text aggregation databases [EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete; Gale Onefile; and Proquest 5000 International]“
EBSCOhost Complete was the best of the three, claiming indexing of just over 20% of DOAJ-listed OA journals in full-text. The marketing claims/lists on this were taken at face value, and were not verified. Nor was the indexing checked for being up-to-date.
It’s great when a small field comes together, scans all its journals, and puts them all online for free on a single no-nonsense website. Added to JURN with a single URL: SORA, a huge set of 80,000 journal articles and monographs documenting… “the history of ornithology in North America over the last 120 years”.
Mapping Scientific Excellence is an interesting new infographic website. The dynamic maps are based on the number of academic papers that were well-cited and/or published in prestigious journals. The papers are from the sciences, plus psychology and social studies.
Above: distribution for papers in Medicine, by author university affiliation.
National Journal of Sexual Orientation Law (1995-1998)
All indexing URLs have been checked for their continuing presence on the Google Search results. All link URLs in the JURN Directory have been checked. JURN is now as link-rot free, and as repaired and up-to-date, as it can be.
The Scholarly Stream, part of London Book Fair in early April 2014. Lots of short Open Access panels, and a focus on publishers.
Wouter has hacked out a Google Scholar API workflow today, sort of. I suspect the reason Scholar has never offered an API is the agreements Google has with the large commercial journal publishers and citation database providers.
Journal of Games Criticism (videogames)
King’s Review (King’s College, Cambridge)
Celtic Studies Association of North America newsletter (has book reviews)
Around 50 journals in business research, selected for their quality and staying-power from my old defunct 2010 FUSE listing of open business ejournals. Added in order to make JURN more useful for business researchers.
700 PDF articles on grey literature, at www.opengrey.eu
Interesting sidelight from the THES, on the new UK trial of public access to 8,000 commercial paywall journals…
So perhaps not so useful for business research as had been hoped.
Access is to journals from Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, T&F, through selected public libraries in the more affluent parts of the UK.
Forbes muses on what’s known about DARPA’s planned Memex search-engine…
“what’s particularly interesting is that DARPA wants a search engine that can be used by commercial as well as government users”