JURN’s 800-journal openEco directory has been checked for linkrot, and the links repaired or deleted if required.
JURN’s GRAFT repository search tool has updated. I cleaned out several hundred dead ‘site not found’ URLs which had crept in since last summer, and fixed a surprising amount of re-directs to new repo domain names (I thought these things were supposed to stay put). And that was on what was a thoroughly cleaned and checked URL list. I’ve also added around 100 recently-announced repositories. Even after the removals and fixes the current tally of URLs still sees GRAFT searching across around 1,300 more repositories than OpenDOAR’s 3,300 (their latest figures).
Unlike JURN, GRAFT searches across records and full-text alike. Which means… It’s Big, so it’s not much use just tapping in a few keywords and hoping for the best. It’s ideally used with relatively sophisticated search modifiers and a few seconds of pre-planning.
Another screenshot that gives an up-to-date glimpse of the universities-only oaFindr service, in action. In this case it’s from ETH Zurich, which has a trial running with its students…
In JURN, for same search, slightly more results. Plus Google’s leading relevancy-ranking…
Of course, it’s going to help if you at least try to do a search using basic quote marks: solar “cosmic rays” gets 290,000 results. solar “cosmic rays” troposphere whittles it down to a mere 24,500.
For those interested in end-of-year OA tallies, I can report that this blog recorded a total of 340 journals added to JURN in 2016. Nearly all those titles publish in English on topics in the humanities or the natural world. If the 340 were combined with the worthy foreign language journals URLs also added in 2016, then the total OA journals added to JURN might be around 500. Which means it’s been a somewhat slower year than 2015, which added 450 new titles published in English.
In the first half of 2016 JURN added 210 new journal titles (published in English) to the search index.
Frontiers of Biogeography (International Biogeography Society. Not to be confused with a journal from the publisher Frontiers)
JURN’s A-Z List of eco/nature journals now lists over 700 titles, open access or otherwise free to the public. That total does not include the additional lists of hybrid OA titles and mapping titles, found at the foot of the main A-Z list.
Looking at the stats today, it appears that JURN’s search functions were offline / unreachable on Monday night, for around three hours from 6pm to 9pm.
Some new figures today on open access growth from the Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics blog. Imaginary Journal reports that Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) is now at… “just under 89 million documents”. However a quick filter of BASE, for journal articles in English in OA, shows a figure of only 3.1m. And the vast majority of those are in medicine and science…
It’s interesting to hear that PubMed has recently made… “a transition in indexing practice (from manual to automatic)”. Hopefully that won’t affect the quality of the intake.
The DOAJ reportedly added “540 journals” this last quarter.
JURN isn’t counted by Imaginary Journal’s tally, but I’ve done a quick count via the ‘Added to JURN’ blog posts. JURN added 133 new journal titles (published in English) to the index in the first quarter of 2016. That would probably be more like 200, if the newly added non-English journals were also being counted on the blog.
Over the last six weeks JURN has added indexing for 200+ new open/free titles published in English, plus about 15 caches of open books and monographs.
So, how did JURN do in 2014? A quick summary:
* Journals added (in English): I count about 380 linked via the blog. Not counting the Paperity range of titles, or the big influx of ecology related journals.
* Journals added (non-English): I don’t keep count of these via the blog. But I’d guestimate over 100, all titles in the arts and humanities.
* There will have been a natural but uncounted rise, via incremental additions to the non-English journal aggregators. Such as CiNii, Revues, Dialnet etc, which JURN indexes.
* Expanded via the addition of over 250 open ecology related journals, and all known related subject repositories from marine science to ornithology.
* Expanded via incorporating my defunct FUSE business search tool into JURN, adding about 50 selected business journal titles, plus a variety of law titles.
* Expanded to cover science and biomedical, mostly via indexing reputable mega-aggregators of open science articles.
* Direct indexing of PDFs held in all of the UK’s notable full-text university repositories, plus PDFs in the larger full-text repositories in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Other nations also had major repositories added (Nairobi, Kenya for instance), but not in a systematic way. This duplicates CORE somewhat, but provides a useful alternative source for the CSE to draw on for results.
* Direct indexing of the PDFs at many newly discovered subject repositories (from the Getty Virtual Library through the U.S. Air Force Historical Studies Office).
* I ‘opened up the throttle’ on previously indexed dspace / digitalcommons / scholarworks repository URLs, to target all PDFs there (rather than just those of a specific journal).
* A complete close hand-and-eye scrutiny and weeding of the complete spreadsheet of indexed URLs, which took about a month.
* A complete automated checking of all URLs for ongoing appearance on Google Search.
* Ongoing removal of open titles found to be ‘404’ dead or spirited away to a paywall publisher (it happens).
* Ongoing monitoring of the evidence for claims about allegedly ‘questionable’ and ‘predatory’ journals. I find Beall’s evidence on MDPI and ANSINetwork to be lacking, and these publishers are included in JURN (as they are in the DOAJ).
* Ongoing testing of the search results given by JURN.
* A back-end code overhaul for the main landing page and results page at http://www.jurn.org
* The DOAJ static article records were lost by early 2014. But I was able to get the DOAJ back in again, if only through a clunky indexing at the article title level.
* Severely trimmed back coverage of academia.edu, keeping only the thematic article lists via the URL http://www.academia.edu/Documents/in/*_* (* = wildcards)