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India MCI includes DOAJ on the list of medical databases

Blog post by our Managing Editor, Leena Shah. The Medical Council of India (MCI) In one of its recent announcements on 12th Feb 2020 has amended the “Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical Institutions Regulations, 1998 ” to add a list of medical databases and indexes for aspiring medical professionals to publish their articles. We are […] Read More...

Published Mon, 24 Feb 2020 at 11:28
Announcement: New DOAJ Ambassadors for 2020

We are excited to announce that we have appointed four new DOAJ ambassadors in Latin America, North America and Africa. Gimena del Rio Riande from Argentina will be our second ambassador for Latin America sharing this role with Ivonne Lujano from Mexico. Gimena is a researcher at IIBICRIT, the institute for Bibliographic Research and Textual […] Read More...

Published Fri, 21 Feb 2020 at 09:28
DOAJ’s global activities in 2019: the year in review

In 2019, DOAJ’s Ambassadors and Editorial Team took part in almost 40 international events across the globe. In this post, we are highlighting the wonderful and varied work of our Ambassadors and illustrating just how much DOAJ is in demand. Last year was especially prolific in the Latin American region, as both our Ambassador, Ivonne Lujano, and our […] Read More...

Published Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 09:25
DOAJ será compatible con Crossref

En una serie de mejoras de metadatos, DOAJ aceptará la carga de XML en formato Crossref a partir del 18 de febrero de 2020.   En 2018, preguntamos a nuestros editores qué facilitaría su interacción con DOAJ y el 46% dijo que les gustaría que aceptásemos Crossref XML. Hoy en día sólo aceptamos XML en […] Read More...

Published Mon, 17 Feb 2020 at 11:24
DOAJ to add Crossref compatibility

In a series of metadata improvements, publishers will be able to upload XML in the Crossref format to us from 18th February 2020. In 2018, we asked our publishers what would make their interaction with DOAJ easier and 46% said that they would like us to accept Crossref XML. Today we only accept XML formatted to […] Read More...

Published Wed, 12 Feb 2020 at 07:48
Two updates: ORCID integration; updated ISO code lists for country, language and currency

On Monday 3rd February we will release two updates to the site. ORCID integration From Monday, it will be possible to upload to DOAJ article metadata containing ORCIDs. We will then display ORCIDs on article pages in accordance with the ORCID display guidelines. Changes will be made to the search interface and API to allow […] Read More...

Published Wed, 29 Jan 2020 at 11:10
2019 in review and what’s coming in 2020

It’s a new year and a new decade. This year, DOAJ turns 17 and much like a teenager, we have seen a major growth spurt over the last 4 years, peaking at a total of 14.25 million unique users at the end of 2019. 2020 will see further transformation into a maturer, more rounded service. […] Read More...

Published Tue, 14 Jan 2020 at 08:29
WANTED Portuguese and Spanish speakers: a call for volunteer DOAJ Associate Editors

DOAJ has a network of 130 skilled, voluntary Associate Editors and Editors who spend a few hours a week processing new journal applications for us. Would you like to join us? We are now recruiting volunteers who understand Portuguese and Spanish (You do not have to be a native speaker.) You must also be proficient […] Read More...

Published Fri, 10 Jan 2020 at 11:31
[CLOSED]: DOAJ Database Assistant

Applications are now closed. DOAJ is looking for a person to join its dynamic team as Database Assistant. The role is a part-time role, working remotely. The number of hours required is 25 hours per week.  The role is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and recency of the DOAJ database, and ensuring a steady flow […] Read More...

Published Thu, 02 Jan 2020 at 14:50
Guest post: Being a volunteer at DOAJ

Interview with Xiaotian Chen, Electronic Services Librarian / Associate Professor at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, USA and Editor at DOAJ. When did you start volunteering for DOAJ? I started as the editor of DOAJ’s Chinese Group in 2014, working with a couple of associate editors. In January 2018, I became the editor of the newly created […] Read More...

Published Thu, 19 Dec 2019 at 07:00
Guest post: Creating value for peer review. Why not?

DOAJ has approximately 100 volunteers carrying out important reviewing work for it. These volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds within academia, journal publishing or from libraries. DOAJ relies on these volunteers to keep applications flowing through the system. In the first of a new series, we are highlighting our volunteers’ skills and interests which […] Read More...

Published Thu, 05 Dec 2019 at 09:15
We have removed the Seal from more than 40 journals

DOAJ constantly reviews existing records in DOAJ to ensure that they meet DOAJ criteria, particularly those with the Seal. Recently 1432 journals in DOAJ had the Seal. Today that number is 1339. Journals that have been awarded the Seal adhere to outstanding best practice and meet to our 7 carefully chosen criteria. These criteria are […] Read More...

Published Tue, 05 Nov 2019 at 07:36
Guest post: Overview of the African Open Access Landscape, with a Focus on Scholarly Publishing

This is a guest post by Ina Smith, our Ambassador for Southern Africa. Ina managed the pilot  for the African Open Science Platform project from October 2016 until October 2019. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in Computer-Integrated Education, a Higher Education Teaching Diploma, and two degrees (BBibl and […] Read More...

Published Fri, 11 Oct 2019 at 12:51
OAPEN joins Think. Check. Submit.

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) has joined the group of organisations endorsing the Think. Check. Submit. (TCS) initiative. This is an obvious yet important strategic development for TCS as there is as much need for the TCS tools and resources in the world of books, as in the world of journals. The addition […] Read More...

Published Mon, 07 Oct 2019 at 09:00
Sponsorship plan for 2020

Here are the details of our sponsorship rates and benefits for 2020. As always, we remain truly grateful to all our sponsors for their support. An addition to the benefits for 2020 is that all sponsors, sponsoring us with £3000 or more, are eligible to put forward a nomination at the next round of elections […] Read More...

Published Thu, 03 Oct 2019 at 08:00
We’re paving the way for greater things to come.

As hinted in a post yesterday, DOAJ is getting a nip and a tuck today, to make way for larger projects later this year: A completely new search front-end. It looks very similar to the old one, but with some major improvements under-the-hood (more powerful, more responsive, more accessible), and gives us the capability to build […] Read More...

Published Tue, 01 Oct 2019 at 13:37
Guest post: a technical update from our development team

This is a guest post by Richard Jones, founding partner of Cottage Labs and member of the DOAJ team. Cottage Labs has hosted, developed and managed the DOAJ platform since December 2013 and is responsible for keeping DOAJ available to the vast number of individuals using DOAJ every day. To the public, it may seem […] Read More...

Published Mon, 30 Sep 2019 at 13:42
The community has chosen: introducing the new DOAJ Council.

Continuing the implementation of our new governance model, the DOAJ Council has been elected. The following individuals received the majority of the votes cast by the DOAJ community: Shelley Allen, Emerald Publishing, United Kingdom Perry Collins,University of Florida Libraries, USA Frederick Fenter, Frontiers, Switzerland Dora Elvira García-González, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico Piero Grandesso, University of […] Read More...

Published Tue, 24 Sep 2019 at 08:25
The Top 10 most accessed articles in DOAJ so far this year

Digging into the metrics in DOAJ’s Google Analytics can be fun and enlightening. (And a total sink hole of my time.) Here are the Top 10 most accessed articles in DOAJ so far this year. An interesting and somewhat curious collection largely driven, I suspect, by academic reading lists in schools, colleges and universities. The […] Read More...

Published Thu, 19 Sep 2019 at 11:15
Myth-busting: all open access journals can be listed in DOAJ

This is a myth. People think that DOAJ exists to index all open access journals. A journal can only be indexed if it passes all of our criteria. The Directory of Everything Open Access The Directory of Everything open access would be a wonderful thing but of how much use would it be? DOAJ understands […] Read More...

Published Tue, 17 Sep 2019 at 06:30

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