Sunday, November 4, 2018

Impact of Plan-S on European Research in 10 scientific disciplines

A few weeks ago I posted already the troubling current situation for Chemistry, where out of 553 journals listed in Journal Citation Reports only 48 journals[1] are included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and only 11 were known to me (i.e. 2.0%).

Today I add the same analysis for nine more fields in scientific research (Bio, CompSci, Engin, Math, MatSci, Med, Phys, Psych, Social)[2][3], with similar results. Out of the total of 4773 journals listed in JCR for these disciplines, only 399 are listed in DOAJ (8.4%).

Within the field of Chemistry, the majority of the 48 JCR/DOAJ journals were not known to me, and often included local/national journals. Assuming that the same holds for the other disciplines, and using a conservative estimate for this proportion of unknown journals (at least half), one comes to the conclusion that for the ten fields of science listed below, only ca. 2-4% of scientific journals is currently compliant with Plan S.


Field Nr. in JCR Nr. in DOAJ
Bio 650 89 (13.7%)
Chem 553 48 (8.7%)**
CompSci 495 22 (4.4%)
Engin 401 22 (5.5%)
Math 550 24 (4.4%)
MatSci 454 44 (9.7%)
Med 360 74 (20.6%)
Phys 395 32 (8.1%)
Psych 529 25 (4.7%)
Social 386 19 (4.9%)
TOTAL 4773 399 (8.4%)

** Out of these 48, only 11 were known to me (ca. 25%)

[1] One journal (Catalysis, Structure & Reactivity) listed in the previous blog post is in fact listed only in DOAJ, not in JCR, so should not have been included in Appendix 2 of the previous post.
[2] The JCR categories included in this analysis are listed in Appendix 1. These were chosen because of seeming to have one theme in common (see Appendix 1), although probably for biology some others categories might have been included (e.g. plant sciences, zoology), but then the decision becomes arbitrary and hence only the ones listed in Appendix 1 were included.
[3] The list of journals per category is given in this Google Sheet.

Appendix 1. JCR categories included

Bio

BIOCHEMICAL RESEARCH METHODS
BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
BIOLOGY
BIOPHYSICS
BIOTECHNOLOGY & APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY

Chem

CHEMISTRY, ANALYTICAL
CHEMISTRY, APPLIED
CHEMISTRY, INORGANIC & NUCLEAR
CHEMISTRY, MEDICINAL
CHEMISTRY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
CHEMISTRY, ORGANIC
CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL

CompSci

COMPUTER SCIENCE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
COMPUTER SCIENCE, CYBERNETICS
COMPUTER SCIENCE, HARDWARE & ARCHITECTURE
COMPUTER SCIENCE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS
COMPUTER SCIENCE, INTERDISCIPLINARY APPLICATIONS
COMPUTER SCIENCE, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
COMPUTER SCIENCE, THEORY & METHODS

Engin

ENGINEERING, AEROSPACE
ENGINEERING, BIOMEDICAL
ENGINEERING, CHEMICAL
ENGINEERING, CIVIL
ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC
ENGINEERING, ENVIRONMENTAL
ENGINEERING, GEOLOGICAL
ENGINEERING, INDUSTRIAL
ENGINEERING, MANUFACTURING
ENGINEERING, MARINE
ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL
ENGINEERING, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
ENGINEERING, OCEAN
ENGINEERING, PETROLEUM

Math

MATHEMATICS
MATHEMATICS, APPLIED
MATHEMATICS, INTERDISCIPLINARY APPLICATIONS

MatSci

MATERIALS SCIENCE, BIOMATERIALS
MATERIALS SCIENCE, CERAMICS
MATERIALS SCIENCE, CHARACTERIZATION & TESTING
MATERIALS SCIENCE, COATINGS & FILMS
MATERIALS SCIENCE, COMPOSITES
MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
MATERIALS SCIENCE, PAPER & WOOD
MATERIALS SCIENCE, TEXTILES

Med

MEDICAL ETHICS
MEDICAL INFORMATICS
MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY
MEDICINE, LEGAL
MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL
MEDICINE, RESEARCH & EXPERIMENTAL

Phys

PHYSICS, APPLIED
PHYSICS, ATOMIC, MOLECULAR & CHEMICAL
PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER
PHYSICS, FLUIDS & PLASMAS
PHYSICS, MATHEMATICAL
PHYSICS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
PHYSICS, NUCLEAR
PHYSICS, PARTICLES & FIELDS

Psych

PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY, APPLIED
PSYCHOLOGY, BIOLOGICAL
PSYCHOLOGY, CLINICAL
PSYCHOLOGY, DEVELOPMENTAL
PSYCHOLOGY, EDUCATIONAL
PSYCHOLOGY, EXPERIMENTAL
PSYCHOLOGY, MATHEMATICAL
PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOANALYSIS
PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIAL

Social

SOCIAL ISSUES
SOCIAL WORK
SOCIAL SCIENCES, BIOMEDICAL
SOCIAL SCIENCES, INTERDISCIPLINARY
SOCIAL SCIENCES, MATHEMATICAL METHODS
SOCIOLOGY

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