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cOAlition S chooses DOAJ’s technical partner, Cottage Labs, to deliver their Journal Checker Tool

PRESS RELEASE As announced today, cOAlition S has awarded the tender for the Plan S journal checker tool (JCT) to Cottage Labs LLP, DOAJ’s existing technical partner. Cottage Labs became DOAJ’s technical partner back in 2013.  The announcement is welcomed by DOAJ. Lars Bjørnshauge, Managing Director and Founder of DOAJ, said: “Working with Cottage Labs […] Read More...

Published Fri, 03 Jul 2020 at 11:40
DOAJ’s Basic criteria – updated and rewritten in plain English

We are rewriting our website in plain English so that it is easy for our users, especially publishers, to understand what is required for a good quality and complete application. These are first steps to us: becoming even more open and transparent; offering a greatly improved user experience for a new application form;  starting a […] Read More...

Published Wed, 01 Jul 2020 at 08:07
Redalyc-AmeliCA and DOAJ announce their intention to collaborate.

Redalyc (Autonomous University of the State of Mexico), AmeliCA and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) are delighted to announce a collaboration focussed on increasing DOAJ’s coverage of Latin American non-APC Open Access journals and to broaden the implementation of AmeliCA’s and Redalyc’s advanced technologies that make journal publishing more efficient and increase the visibility […] Read More...

Published Mon, 08 Jun 2020 at 13:00
Redalyc-AmeliCA y DOAJ anuncian la intención de colaborar.

Redalyc (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México), AmeliCA y DOAJ (el Directorio de Revistas de Acceso Abierto) se complacen en anunciar la colaboración conjunta para aumentar la cobertura de las revistas de acceso abierto no-APC de América Latina en DOAJ  y ampliar la implementación de las tecnologías avanzadas de AmeliCA y Redalyc que contribuyan a […] Read More...

Published Mon, 08 Jun 2020 at 13:00
Un partenariat entre Érudit et DOAJ : vers une meilleure visibilité et une plus grande découvrabilité pour les revues savantes francophones et bilingues

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) et Érudit ont conclu un partenariat dans le cadre d’un projet qui vise à inciter et à aider les revues avec comité de pairs, diffusées en libre accès sur la plateforme erudit.org, en vue de leur indexation dans DOAJ. DOAJ est une référence internationale pour les revues évaluées par les […] Read More...

Published Tue, 26 May 2020 at 13:04
A partnership between Érudit and DOAJ: towards greater visibility and discoverability for open access French-language and bilingual scientific journals

PRESS RELEASE DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and Érudit have entered into a partnership for a project aimed at encouraging and helping peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals disseminated on the erudit.org platform to be indexed in DOAJ. DOAJ has set an international standard for peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals. Today, the index includes 14,450 […] Read More...

Published Tue, 26 May 2020 at 13:04
Possible delay, due to COVID-19, to publishers’ ISSN requests via national ISSN centres

An important note from this month’s ISSN newsletter. I would urge publishers to sign up to the newsletter if you haven’t already done so. DOAJ is taking the information below into account when reviewing applications. In particular, we know that applications from Argentina, Colombia, United Kingdom, Luxemburg, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, Slovakia might be affected. Applications […] Read More...

Published Mon, 25 May 2020 at 07:48
Progress report on the changes coming to the API in Q3 2020

Here is the second update about changes that we are making to our API. If you submit applications via the API or are using the API for journals search and retrieval, then you will need to adjust your integrations. Although development is still progressing, we want to get as much information out to our API […] Read More...

Published Wed, 20 May 2020 at 09:00
FinELib, the consortium for Finnish universities, will fund DOAJ for a 3-year period based on the SCOSS model

PRESS RELEASE FinELib, the Finnish consortium for universities, research institutions and universities of applied sciences, has agreed to provide funding to DOAJ over a 3-year period. The consortium has promised funds to DOAJ in recognition of the valuable contribution that DOAJ makes to open access and scholarly publishing. The move follows hot on the heels […] Read More...

Published Tue, 19 May 2020 at 06:00
Sign up to receive updates from us

DOAJ has never had a method to push updates to our users. We have always just posted information on this blog in the hope that it will find its audience. We are aware that some stakeholders miss important updates so we have launched an update service. We will use the update service to inform you […] Read More...

Published Mon, 18 May 2020 at 13:05
What’s in a “NAME”? A study of African and Arab journals in the DOAJ

This is a guest post by Souheil Houissa, editor of the North Africa & Middle East (NAME) group, and long-serving DOAJ volunteer. He wrote the article in February 2020 so the statistics are historical. (As of today, the group has processed 536 applications.) However, the general conclusions drawn throughout the article are still valid. Journal […] Read More...

Published Mon, 11 May 2020 at 11:02
Provisional ISSNs versus confirmed ISSNs

At DOAJ, we insist that the ISSN for your journal is fully registered and confirmed at the time you submit an application to us. DOAJ does not allow provisional ISSNs. Applications which contain provisional ISSNs are rejected without review. According to the ISSN International Centre in Paris, a provisional ISSN is assigned to a journal by […] Read More...

Published Tue, 21 Apr 2020 at 06:40
We can now fix article metadata ourselves

As part of our continued strategy to enhance our metadata offering, and looking forward to 2021 when our strategic focus will be on DOAJ’s place in the discovery chain, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality and recency of the DOAJ article metadata. Errors in article metadata are usually reported to us […] Read More...

Published Fri, 17 Apr 2020 at 07:38
COVID-19: turnaround times may be affected

As with most organisations, COVID-19 is having an effect on DOAJ. Although we are an organisation without physical offices (virtual, already remote-working and Cloud-based), our team members and volunteers are all affected in real ways. This means that we may take longer than usual to process applications. Many applications are processed in under 3 months […] Read More...

Published Wed, 01 Apr 2020 at 06:37
Heads up! Our API is changing.

The DOAJ is changing its application form. This means that there will be downstream implications across all of our metadata output channels, including the API. A new version of the API will be released in Q3 2020. This new version will not be fully backwards compatible. Those of you submitting applications via the API, or who […] Read More...

Published Wed, 18 Mar 2020 at 15:05
Our application form is changing

The current application form is now 6 years’ old. It is very long. It needs an upgrade in terms of functionality and its content needs a review. A new form will go live in Q2 2020. The editorial team and our UX designer have carefully reviewed each question using the following criteria: Is the question […] Read More...

Published Mon, 09 Mar 2020 at 08:05
The Keepers Registry is now available on the ISSN portal

This is a guest post by Gaëlle Bequet, Director of the ISSN International Centre. ISSN is a partner of DOAJ. As of December 2019, the ISSN International Centre is the sole operator of the Keepers Registry. This service aggregates preservation metadata and ISSN descriptive metadata to report the archival status of digital journals. The Keepers […] Read More...

Published Mon, 09 Mar 2020 at 07:08
A statement regarding the JCT tender for Plan S

In the recent tender document published by cOAlition S for the development of a Journal Checker Tool (JCT), it is stated very clearly that DOAJ is the preferred source of data for the gold open access journal compliance route. DOAJ already collects and publishes the 3 pieces of metadata which must be included in the […] Read More...

Published Thu, 27 Feb 2020 at 11:49
CLOSED: Looking for ten experts for our Editorial Sub-committee

Applications are now closed. DOAJ is looking for volunteers for a new editorial sub-committee. The sub-committee will provide advice to the DOAJ Editorial Team, Board and Council on editorial matters. The sub-committee will meet for one virtual meeting every quarter, probably of about 1-2 hours. If you are interested, please send an email to our […] Read More...

Published Thu, 27 Feb 2020 at 11:26
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

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