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The Most Followed Open Access (OA) Journals at JournalTOCs

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Overall Nature, Science and New England Journal of Medicine are the most followed journals at JournalTOCs (Top Journals). However, among the Open Access (OA) journals (which are carefully selected by JournalTOCs), D-Lib Magazine, the Journal of Information Literacy and, the Journal of Library & Information Science are the most followed OA journals. Below we list the top 100 most followed OA journals:

Journal Title Followers
D-Lib Magazine 510
Journal of Information Literacy 420
Journal of Library and Information Science 282
College and Research Libraries 265
Journal of Library Innovation 240
Journal of Digital Information 233
Library and Information Research 233
Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS) 232
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 232
PLoS ONE 229
Information Technology and Libraries 212
Future Internet 203
Ariadne Magazine 201
PLoS Biology 199
Communications in Information Literacy 197
Research in Learning Technology 192
Library Leadership & Management 175
Journal of eScience Librarianship 163
Code4Lib Journal 155
BMC Public Health 151
First Monday 151
BMC Bioinformatics 145
Journal of Electronic Publishing 144
International Journal of Digital Curation 139
BMC Genomics 136
BMC Molecular Biology 134
Information 133
BMC Biology 131
BMC Evolutionary Biology 127
Information Technologies & International Development 124
New Knowledge Environments 122
BMC Cell Biology 119
e-learning and education (eleed) 117
American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 116
International Journal of Legal Information 112
South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 102
InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information 95
PLoS Computational Biology 89
Journal of Health & Medical Informatics 67
International Journal of Library Science 40
Journal of the Medical Library Association 40
International Journal of Aerospace Engineering 37
Bulletin of Materials Science 35
PLoS Genetics 31
Practical Academic Librarianship : The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division 28
American Journal of Applied Sciences 27
Journal of Communications 25
American Journal of Space Science 25
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching 24
Comparative Law Review 24
Ecology and Evolution 24
Obstetrics and Gynecology International 23
DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology 23
Advances in Environmental Sciences – International Journal of the Bioflux Society 22
International Journal of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation 22
American Journal of Business and Management 22
American Journal of Analytical Chemistry 22
Computational Linguistics 21
Advances in Rehabilitation 21
European Journal of Chemistry 21
BMC Medical Education 20
Nucleic Acids Research 20
PLoS Medicine 20
Digital Humanities Quarterly 20
JIPITEC Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law 20
Advances in Human-Computer Interaction 18
Administrative Law Review 18
Sci-Tech News 18
Frontiers in Neuroscience 18
International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering 18
PLoS Pathogens 17
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 17
International Journal of Analytical Chemistry 17
Early Modern Culture Online 17
Perspectives in International Librarianship 17
Journal of Cloud Computing : Advances, Systems and Applications 17
Library Philosophy and Practice 17
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 16
Agricultural and Food Science 16
Anthropological Review 16
Advances in Acoustics and Vibration 16
Advances in Mechanical Engineering 16
Advances in Materials Science and Engineering 16
International Journal of Exercise Science 16
American Journal of Economics and Business Administration 16
Biodiversity: Research and Conservation 16
Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science 16
Ethnology : An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology 16
Physiotherapy 16
Analytical Chemistry Insights 15
Journal of Environmental and Public Health 15
Sustainability 15
Journal of Social Sciences 15
Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults 15
Journal of Anthropology 15
Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia and Critical Care 15
Advances in Analytical Chemistry 15
American Journal of Chemistry 15
Asian Journal of Earth Sciences 14
Advances in Civil Engineering 14

Written by Santiago Chumbe

September 10th, 2013 at 11:40 am

Are we running out of journal names?

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With so many journals appearing everyday it is no wonder publisher and prospective publishers are running out of names for their journal titles, and an unavoidable consequence of this is duplication.

We constantly stumble with “new” titles that are already being used by other journals. This duplication of journal names is particularly notorious in the case of new Open Access (OA) journals. Some publishers just add something superfluous such as “journal”, “research” or even the conjunction “and” to the title to make it look different to a title that is already been published.

A word cloud generated with Wordle from the titles of the 21,350 journals indexed by JournalTOCs looks like this:

Journal Titles

The word cloud doesn’t include some common noise words such as journal (removed from 7,400 journal titles, including six ejournal) and 2,034 international. We also have removed from the journal names 7,802 of, 1,026 de, 110 für and 27 di. Perhaps we should have removed Revista (journal in English) which is found in the titles of 648 journals in Spanish. Research was found 1,377 times, Science 1,278 and Studies 771 times.

In this context, duplication is very likely to happen. Doing quick searches with JournalTOCs can expose cases such as:

  • Social Sciences (OA journal), Kaunas University of Technology
    Social Sciences (OA journal), MDPI
  • Advances in Chemical Engineering, Elsevier
    Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science (OA journal), SRP
  • Chemical and Process Engineering, Versita
    Chemical and Process Engineering Research (OA journal), IISTE
  • IJCT: Indian Journal of Chemical Technology (OA journal), NISCAIR
    IJCT: International Journal of Chemical Technology (OA journal), Knowledgia Review
  • American Journal of Business and Management (OA journal), World Scholars
    American Journal of Industrial and Business Management (OA journal), SRP
  • Engineering Management Journal, IET
    Engineering Management Research (OA journal), CCRE
  • Human Resource Management Journal, John Wiley & Sons
    Human Resource Management Review, Elsevier
    Human Resource Management Research (OA journal), SAP
  • International Journal of Business and Management (OA journal), CCRE
    International Journal of Business and Management Tomorrow (OA journal), IJBMT
  • Journal of Management, Sage
    Management (OA journal), SAP
  • Organization and Management (OA journal), Versita
    Organization Management Journal, Taylor & Francis
  • IJTM: International Journal of Technology Management, Inderscience
    IJTM: International Journal of Technology and Management (OA journal), Science Target (Not accepted by JournalTOCs)

How ethic is to name a new journal using a similar title of a journal that has already been published? Shouldn’t somebody be looking after the journal names being used [and sometimes abused by predatory publishers]?

As it is envisaged that the number of journals will continue increasing, protecting the name of their journals can be a good investment for publishers. This is valid for both seasoned and new titles. The last thing that a consolidated journal would want is to be asked to change its title. On the other hand a genuine and honest new publisher should avoid confusion with any other publications by using distinctive and concise titles. Also, services such as JournalTOCs will double check new journals that have similar names to other journals and the chances for those journals to be rejected are then higher.

How do you protect the name of your journal? Getting an ISSN for a journal doesn’t protect the journal name, and we all know how easy it is to get an ISSN for a journal. The fact is that journal names cannot be copyrighted. The best way to protect a title is to register it as a trademark. Thus a journal title can be registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to prevent others from using the journal title to name other journals. To further protect the identity of the journal, publishers can also register a DOI for the journal title. Doing so would increase the chances of the journal to be highly considered and looked at without suspicions. In addition authors and readers will have fewer chances to be misled.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

February 11th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Most Followed Open Access Journals

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This ranking presents the Open Access (OA) journals that have attracted the largest number of followers among JournalTOCs community of users in 2011. Only the top 30 most followed OA journals are included and compared in this list. An OA journal is a scholarly journal that does not charge readers for reading and using the full-text of its articles.

 NF   Title Publisher FPP     SSS JIF
156 D-Lib Magazine CNRI Free CS   —
  84 J. of Information Literacy Loughborough U. Library Free OJS   —
  66 J. of Digital Information Texas AM U. Libraries Free OJS   —
  63 J of Library and Info. Science Nat. Taiwan Normal U. Free OJS   —
  63 J. of Library Innovation WNYLRC Free OJS   —
  58 College and Research Libraries ALA Free CS   —
  51 Communications in Info. Literacy CIL free OJS   —
  50 Library and Info. Research CILIP N/A N/A   —
  50 Future Internet MDPI $570 CS   —
  50 Ariadne Magazine UKOLN free N/A   —
  48 Annals of Library & Info. Studies NISCAIR free DSpace   —
  45 Evidence Based Library and Info. Practice U. of Alberta Learning Services free OJS   —
  38 Code4Lib Journal Code4lib free Email   —
  36 PLoS ONE PLoS $1350 EMS   4.41
  36 Int. J. of Legal Information Int. Assoc. of Law Libraries free Email   —
  35 PLoS Biology PLoS $2900 EMS 12.47
  32 BMC Cell Biology Biomed Central Ltd. $1845 CS   2.46
  32 Information MDPI $260 CS   —
  30 New Knowledge Environments University of Victoria Free OJS   —
  27 BMC Public Health Biomed Central Ltd. $1845 CS   2.36
  26 Advances in Environmental Sciences Bioflux Society $200 CS   —
  26 J. of Electronic Publishing, The MPublishing Free Email   —
  26 Int. J. of Digital Curation UKOLN Free OJS   —
  24 BMC Bioinformatics Biomed Central Ltd. $1845 CS   3.03
  24 Info. Technologies & Int. Development Georgia Inst. of Technology Free OJS   —
  22 Obstetrics and Gynecology Int. Hindawi Publishing Corp. $1000 CS   —
  21 Computational Linguistics MIT Press Free OJS   2.97
  21 First Monday U. of Illinois at Chicago U. Free OJS   —
  17 J. of Communications Academy Publisher $470 EDAS   —
  15 JIPITEC Digital Peer Publishing Free Email   —
   CC BY 2.0 JournalTOCs Dec.2011 

NF: Number of followers
FPP: Fee paid by the author to publish a paper
SSS: Submissions System software
JIF: Journal Impact Factor (as reported by the publisher for 2010)
CS: Commercial or proprietary online system
OJS: Open Journal System
EMS: Editorial Manager from Aries System
EDAS: Commercial conference submissions system
U: University


  • Do University-based OA journals have a good chance to be regarded as first-class and reliable journals?
    The answer could be “yes” if we consider that 30% of these top 30 OA journals are University-based.
  • Does it matter for this rank who is the publisher?
    All but one of these top 30 OA journals are published by established national corporations, professional associations, prestigious non-profit publishers or universities. Only a few of the OA journals published by commercial publishers have so far attracted the interest of JournalTOCs users. So, it seems that it does matter who the publisher is.
  • Is OJS really the “submissions system of OA journals”?
    Well, 35% of these journals use the Open Source submissions system OJS.
  • Are the OA journals with no fee for the authors attracting the largest number of citations?
    Probably we cannot get a clear answer to this question from the above ranking. What we can see is that PLoS Biology is the OA journal with the highest fee for authors ($2900.00 USD) but also with the highest known citation factor (JIF=12.47)
  • Are publishers of OA journals aware of the significance of JIF?
    Some publishers of OA journals were not aware of JIF or didn’t consider it to be important for their publications. In fact the publishers of most of the OA journals included in this list weren’t concerned about JIFs. An editor told us “JIF is not relevant [for our journal] as it is not a WoS journal. It is an OA journal already indexed in the DOAJ.”
  • Why is it that 19 out of these top 30 OA journals are from the Library and Information Sciences discipline?
    40% of registered users of JournalTOCs are librarians or professionals working in libraries of universities or research centres. This may explain the large number of library and information related journals in this ranking. The ranking doesn’t include the journals being followed by non-registered users.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

December 19th, 2011 at 9:37 am

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