The table below shows each nation’s proportion of site-index URLs in JURN. It’s not a table of visitors to the front-page.

To get it I ran the JURN site-index backup XML through an URL extractor and then Microsoft Word (replace all “/” with “,” to get a comma-delimited list), then Excel so I could delete a few columns, and then output a plain text list of circa 4,000 root hostnames.

I then loaded this plain hostname list into the excellent little Windows application Country Whois (which seems to be fully-functional trialware, and which based on a few of my tests uses a more precise lookup database than lesser freeware), to output some basic geolocation statistics by nation…


It’s not too precise — the software seems to have de-duplicated and thus removed hundreds of URLs, whereas the original list would have shown perhaps three or more ejournals hanging off the same university URL. Keeping these in would probably have boosted the results for the U.S., the U.K., and Australia even further, because that’s where the bulk of multi-journal university websites are located.

And the list also strongly underestimates the number of journals indexed from a couple of countries, where lots of journals can be brought into JURN by adding a single URL. I estimate that the following numbers should thus be added to the above table…

France: add Persee-hosted (30) + Revues-hosted (about 140) = 180.

Spanish: Dialnet- hosted (434, with perhaps ¼ arts & humanities) = 108

And perhaps around 15 each, added to Hungary, Catalonia, Russia, Mexico, Taiwan, and Brazil.

I daresay if Japan made it easy to add all their journals (in English or not) via one URL, then their total would be boosted by 100 or so. And a one URL solution for Germany could have added another 100 or so titles. So far as I know there is no such “one URL” option for Japan or Germany, other than in science.

But China, where is China? A mere two URLs that are not based in Taiwan or Hong Kong?