Ryan Regier asks “What is going on with the number of Open Access Journals indexed in Elsevier’s Scopus?”

“… it looks like Scopus added around 400 open access journals after January 2016, then another 270 after January 2017, and finally removed around 1,000 after February 1st, 2017. Removing around 1,000 open access journals is big deal. That’s almost a quarter of all the open access journals Scopus has in their collection…”

Concludes after some investigations that…

“… Scopus over-reported and mislead its customers about how many open access journals they indexed.”

I can add, from a previous post here on the JURN blog, that…

“Scopus had 60 OA arts & humanities titles in English at June 2015, a fact discoverable via their new OA tagging [in their summer 2015 master spreadsheet]. Though, after sorting, that Scopus category also included such ‘tres arty’ titles as Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration and Asian Social Science.”

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