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How many (peer reveiwed) journals are there?
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- Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2008 17:50:13 EST
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In a conversation with a client recently, I made the offhand remark about "the 24,000 peer-reviewed journals." She said, Not so fast! That number is suspect; the actual number is both bigger and smaller. The number is smaller, in her view, because only a subset of journals have a careful peer review process; and it is larger in that the number of journals continues to grow, but the review process is often sketchy at best. (As far as I know, none of this has anything to do with whether a journal is open access or toll access.) Clearly there are matters of definition at issue here: What must peer review consist of in order for it to earn the use of the name? And while we are at it, what is a journal anyway? I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has some thoughts on this topic. How many journals are there? Joe Esposito
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