New list of 7,400 journals with no or discounted APC

Now updated and available as a Microsoft Office Excel .xls file (750kb)…

Surfmarket [has] made a list of more than 7,400 journals in which […] Dutch universities and academic hospitals can publish in open access for free or with a substantial discount.”

570 of the titles fit the arts & humanities category, and these are all published by a small handful of establishment publishers.

It’s not possible to separate out the list’s eco/nature titles, since the “Natuur” category is too broad. At one end it ranges from New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research through to Potato Research, and at the other end goes spinning off into chemistry, maths and physics titles like Polymer Bulletin, Probability Theory and Related Fields, and Progress in Nuclear Energy.

I thought the list might be a useful source of some new URLs for JURN. But there doesn’t yet seem to be any way to filter journals by their “hybrid OA” / “wholly OA” status. Random sampling of the list of the 570 humanities titles suggests most are hybrid, and that as yet they only have a few OA articles in them. Thought doubtless that will start to change, once mandates start to operate fully.

Two new studies of OA indexing

“Are Open Access Monographs Discoverable in Library Catalogs?”, Libraries and the Academy, Volume 17, No. 1, January 2017…

The analysis indicates that only a small percentage of college and university library catalogs in the United States and Canada consistently enable discovery and access for the test sample.

“The open access aggregators challenge: how well do they identify free full text?”, Medium article-post, 7th January 2017. Looks at BASE and CORE…

when OAI-PMH (which is the standard way of harvesting open access repositories [was established,] no provision was made to have a standard way or a mandatory field to indicate if the item is free to access.” [But today] “many have in fact more metadata-only records than full-text records.

[BASE] “is only able to see 75 free records in National University of Singapore’s IR, 654 free records in Nanyang Technology University’s IR, 143 free records in Singapore Management University’s IR. I did not do a check to see if there were false positives in BASE’s identification of full text but [assuming] they are 100% correct, we see only a full text identification ratio of 0.6%, 3.8% and 2.7% respectively!” […] “the results for CORE are as dismal as BASE.

See also: “From open access metadata to open access content: two principles for increased visibility of open access content”, conference paper presented at Open Repositories 2013, 8th-12th July 2013, Charlottetown, Canada.

… only 27.6% of research outputs in repositories are linked to content that can be downloaded by automatic means and analysed (e.g. indexed). […] the median repository will only provide machine readable content for 13% of its deposited resources. [but] it is likely that these statistics are in fact rather optimistic …

Visit Britain’s open stash of 15,000 “copyright-free” hi-res pictures

Visit Britain provides nearly 15,000 selected copyright-free images, with a search box. The selection is obviously highly curated and high-quality, and no registration is required to download. If you have a pop-up blocker, you’ll need to whitelist to get at the hi-res magazine-quality image download link. There are a few noticeable gaps in coverage, such as the major ceramics tourism hub which is the city of Stoke-on-Trent (one picture, on a search for “Stoke-on-Trent”).


Repositories and Creative Commons license metadata

“Assigning Creative Commons Licenses to Research Metadata: Issues and Cases”, 19th September 2016…

“From a recent analysis, out of a sample of around 2500 publication repository services in OpenDOAR 2 ([those] supporting the OAI-PMH protocol standard), only 9 expose metadata license information: 3 with CC-0, 2 with CC-BY, and 4 which require a permission for commercial use, 3 with CC-0 and 1 with CC-BY.”

Nine. Not nine percent, just… nine. And one can assume that the other 1,100 repositories in OpenDOAR are even less likely to host CC license information for metadata in some form or other.

GRAFT updates

GRAFT has updated, the first update since last October. GRAFT enables a swift Google search across the world’s repositories, searching records and full-text alike. GRAFT currently searches around 1,600 more repositories than OpenDOAR, and does so via a thoroughly cleaned and up-to-date set of index URLs. Please access GRAFT via the page linked above, rather than any browser bookmark, to enjoy the newly added range.

Added to JURN

New Eastern Europe.

Laboratory Phonology.

Humanum Review (Quarterly Review of the John Paul II Institute).

Jewish Observer (1966—) (Difficult to index, sadly, despite indexing the TOCs at*/ and also the PDFs at*/*/JO*.pdf – where * is a wildcard. Someone might care to make a proper TOCs blog for the title, which would be better indexed by Google?)

Selected out-of-print issues of Ars Orientalis and Ars Islamica as full-text (the same volumes were already partly covered by the Smithsonian, but only via bare record pages interfacing with an book-player).

Now indexing the Burlington magazine (art history) full-text volumes directly on

Better indexing of the publications of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

PLOS articles are now less verbose in JURN search results. JURN now focusses results on the core article, by actively excluding sub-pages for ‘figures’ / ‘citations’ / ‘supplementary’ / ‘comments’. A similar measure has been taken to make Nature’s open article content less verbose, by excluding the ‘tables’ pages for their articles.

Online publications of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research and their journal Diagonal.

Transvaal Museum Monographs.

2017 Edge Question – a Kindle ebook conversion

The 2017 Edge Question responses have just been released. Over 200 of the world’s finest minds answer “What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?”. As usual the combined single mega-page weighs in at around the length of two novels, on which the likes of Instapaper will choke. So Kindle ereader owners may want the unabridged unofficial .mobi ebook conversion for the Kindle.


The tyranny of “relevance” sorting

The tyranny of “relevance” sorting is rather wearing. Why is “relevance” the unchangeable default for various forms of search result? Because they’re so very rarely “relevant” (Google Search aside) and more often than not I’m looking for a “by date” ordering. I’ve been to the site before, and now I just want to see what’s new. If there’s one innovation I’d like to see in 2017 it’s a robust browser add-on, one which can be taught to identify the site’s relevance/date toggle and then auto-switches to “by date”.