Numbers and shares of Open Access Journals in Sociology charging publication fees
"In June 2014 I analysed the data of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to find out to what extent Open Access Journals in Sociology (as listed by the DOAJ) charge their authors with publication fees (or article processing charges APCs). A CSV-file offered for download by the DOAJ did not contain any information on APCs, in fact the whole APC-column was empty, so I gathered the information manually from the DOAJ's search interface. Unfortunately the DOAJ's information on sociological journals using APCs was too a large degree wrong. On the eleventh of June the DOAJ listed 109 sociology journals. In eleven cases the information on APCs was wrong:  nine were labeled as APC-based although they did not use APCs  one was labeled as using APCs conditionally, but in fact it charged every article published  one was charging its authors although the DOAJ listed it as not using APCs This means that for this subset of journals the information on publication charges was wrong in more than 10 % of all journals. Focusing on the eleven journals that - according to the DOAJ - use (always or conditionally) APCs the situation is even worse: 10 of these journals (90,9 %) are categorized wrongly. In fact only three out of these 109 journals (2,75 %) charge their authors: Sociology Mind (ISSN 2160-083X) charges 700 US-$ per article (plus 50 US-$ for each additional page). Studies of Sociology of Science (ISSN 1923-0176) charges 300 US-$ per article and Intersticios (ISSN 1887-3898) charges beween 10 and 20 € per article (depending on the number of pages). None of these APC-based journals has a journal impact factor assigned (according to the Journal Citation Reports Edition 2012). Instead four of the other journals (not using APCs) have an impact factor assigned ..."