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RE: How many (peer reviewed) journals are there?
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- Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 21:07:17 EST
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Joe I have published quite a bit about how many journals there are over the last few years. With my long-standing collaborator Mayur Amin, we published an article on the number and growth of journals in 2001 (Scientometrics 51(1).147-162). In this article we showed that the oft quoted high numbers of journals (Derek da Solla Price thought millions in Big Science, Little Science, Jack Meadows and others have said 100,000s) were more likely in the tens of thousands if factors such as being still active, academic and scholarly, and peer reviewed were taken into account. In a later article in 2003 (Serials 16(2).191-7), I brought my growth figures up to date and earlier this year reviewed all journal publishing market data for a talk given at APE in Berlin which is available to download (http://www.ape2009.eu ). Re-using the methodology today would yield about 22-25,000 active, peer reviewed, scholarly and academic titles. Carol Tenopir has also done work on this which she mentions in her recent book on the Information Patterns of Engineers and comes (from memory) to a similar result of about 23-25,000. The issues you raise about what counts as a journal and how to establish whether something really is adequately peer reviewed or not are highly pertinent questions. We should not expect anything other than a fuzzy answer (the analogue question to this would be how many readers are there, also a definitional issue). Suffice it to say, however, that there are good circumstantial grounds for believing that peer reviewed journal numbers in 2008 will be not less than 16,000 (based on some bibliometric analysis of ISI data), cluster around 22-25,000 as the most likely figure (using filters and Ulrichs database), but of course may be perhaps a bit higher if a very loose definition of peer review is adopted. What I have always found fascinating in analysing this data is that the growth rates of journals (based on those still active at the present time) show an astonishing consistency. From 1700 to the present day growth in active titles has been consistently about 3.5% despite hugely varying socioeconomic and technical regimes in scholarship over the last three hundred years. Best, Michael Michael A Mabe Chief Executive Officer International Association of STM Publishers OXFORD, OX2 7HT, UK E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.stm-assoc.org -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org Joseph J. Esposito Sent: 04 November 2008 22:50 To: email@example.com Subject: How many (peer reviewed) journals are there? 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 ---2071850956-1785635611-1226023365=:13091--