The 12 months in Evaluate: 2021 in The Scholarly Kitchen

Again in 2019, I declared that our neighborhood was getting into “The Great Acceleration“, a interval of fast change, and the place 2020 was a yr the place the preliminary phases of the COVID-19 pandemic launched sufficient chaos to sidetrack a few of that progress, 2021 noticed issues again on tempo as the bottom beneath us continued to shift towards our subsequent stage of being. I’ve been pondering rather a lot about life in a “liminal space“, in between what was and what’s subsequent, and can share extra ideas on this subsequent week throughout a chat on the upcoming APE 2022 meeting (now sadly an all-virtual occasion). The brief abstract of what I’ve written for the discuss up to now is that each one the market consolidation we’ve been seeing is starting to coalesce into some clear paths for short- and long-term futures, paths that will not precisely be what was hoped for by these driving a lot of the change.

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That mentioned, we begin 2022 with a final look again to see what might be gleaned from understanding the info generated by the readers and authors at The Scholarly Kitchen.

2021 was our most-read yr ever, as we noticed 1,904,940 pageviews for the yr, a rise of 14% over 2020 readership. We noticed 899,625 guests, once more a rise over 2020, this time by round 7%. To me this elevated readership displays each a return to enterprise in 2021, as we established routines to get us, if not again to regular a minimum of again to work, in addition to a yr the place there was rather a lot to maintain up with.

We printed 235 posts, 66 of which have been by Guest Authors (28%), one other enhance from the earlier yr. I’ve been actually joyful seeing so many members of our neighborhood keen to write up and share their thoughts here, and it’s been an ideal path to including extra variety to the opinions we will convey to mild. Talking of variety (together with fairness, inclusion, and accessibility), DEIA has been an ongoing focus for the Society for Scholarly Publishing and we’ve been joyful to assist help these efforts. This yr will see us convey on board a brand new DEIA Editor who will each assist herald new voices on these issues, in addition to elevate the notice of our present authors (and visitor authors) to make sure we’re doing a greater job of assembly the neighborhood’s wants.

Our prime 10 international locations for readership in 2021 have been (so as), the USA ( 53%), the UK, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, India, Germany, Finland, France, and Japan.

The Scholarly Kitchen’s most-read posts throughout 2021 have been:

  1. Guest Post – MDPI’s Remarkable Growth
  2. Changes to Journal Impact Factor Announced for 2021
  3. Guest Post: Think Sci-Hub is Just Downloading PDFs? Think Again
  4. Clarivate to Acquire ProQuest
  5. Changing Journal Impact Factor Rules Creates Unfair Playing Field For Some
  6. Guest Post – An Early Look at the Impact of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Journals Warning List
  7. Understanding Experimental Controls
  8. The Biggest Big Deal 
  9. Luck, Superstitions, and Rationality — Black Cats, Broken Mirrors, Ladders, Salt, and Umbrellas
  10. A Copyediting Carol

If we restrict the most-read record to posts that have been printed in 2021, our prime posts for the yr are as follows:

  1. Clarivate to Acquire ProQuest
  2. Changing Journal Impact Factor Rules Creates Unfair Playing Field For Some
  3. Guest Post – An Early Look at the Impact of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Journals Warning List
  4. The Biggest Big Deal 
  5. A Copyediting Carol
  6. Journal Citation Indicator. Just Another Tool in Clarivate’s Metrics Toolbox?
  7. What’s Wrong with Paying for Peer Review?
  8. A Media Empire for the (Public) Library? OverDrive Acquires Kanopy
  9. Is Scientific Communication Fit for Purpose?
  10. Emerging from the Pandemic: The Future of Work is Now

That’s fairly a combined bag of subjects, although value contemplating the few that seem greater than as soon as on the lists. Particularly, metrics and the Affect Issue proceed to be dominant forces within the tutorial neighborhood, regardless of long-running efforts to maneuver away from these often-flawed instruments. Mergers and acquistions have been the opposite widespread issue (a have a look at at prime posts 11-20 reveals extra on transformative agreements, peer evaluate, and mergers, mergers, mergers). Our market has largely been reshaped over the previous couple of years with the bolstered dominance of a small variety of highly effective gamers.

I count on to see extra of the identical in 2022, as we transfer towards an open entry future the place scale is a very powerful think about figuring out success. January is shaping as much as be a scary month when it comes to the continuing pandemic, however hope springs everlasting, and possibly by the Spring we’ll get an opportunity to satisfy in individual as soon as once more.

Joyful New 12 months.

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