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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
New Pilot to encourage Finnish Open Access Journals to apply to DOAJ

PRESS RELEASE DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV) are collaborating on a pilot project to encourage and help peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals published in Finland to be indexed in DOAJ. The Pilot runs from May 2019 to May 2020. DOAJ has set an international standard for […] Read More...

Published Mon, 02 Sep 2019 at 07:00
University of Vienna hosts the DOAJ

Tomorrow is the start of DOAJ’s biannual meeting, where team members and colleagues come together to discuss DOAJ strategy and developments, editorial policy and processes. Most of all, it is our chance to re-establish team connections, learn from each other’s experiences and renew friendships. Previous meetings have taken place in Stockholm, Rome, Copenhagen, and Barcelona. […] Read More...

Published Tue, 27 Aug 2019 at 07:00
Myth-busting: Journals must meet the DOAJ Seal criteria to be indexed in DOAJ

This is a myth. There is a common misunderstanding that for a journal to have its application accepted and be indexed in DOAJ it must meet all the criteria for the DOAJ Seal. There is an assumption, born out of that misunderstanding, that journals in DOAJ without the Seal are of inferior quality. This is […] Read More...

Published Mon, 19 Aug 2019 at 08:17
Myth-busting: DOAJ takes too long to reach a decision

This is a myth. From about 2012 until 2017, DOAJ was struggling to keep on top of the amount of applications being received. Implementing new acceptance criteria and making 9900+ journals reapply exacerbated the problem and suddenly we had many reapplications and new applications coming in at the same time. Triage All applications go through […] Read More...

Published Mon, 12 Aug 2019 at 08:20
Myth-busting: DOAJ indexes “predatory” journals

This is, of course, a myth. Some people are afraid to use DOAJ because they believe that it lists questionable (“predatory”) journals. DOAJ started to clean up its index in 2014. DOAJ was the first service to define the standards aimed at preserving the quality and trustworthiness of a database of open access journals. Today, […] Read More...

Published Mon, 05 Aug 2019 at 07:15
The community has chosen: introducing the new DOAJ Advisory Board

Towards the end of last year, I wrote about the new governance model that DOAJ was implementing in 2019. The first step of that process is now complete and the community has chosen a new DOAJ Advisory Board. I am absolutely delighted to introduce them here: Leslie Chan, University of Toronto, Canada Jan Erik Frantsvåg, […] Read More...

Published Thu, 01 Aug 2019 at 09:33
Myth busting: DOAJ is not inclusive

This is a myth. One of the most common criticisms levelled at DOAJ, particularly over the last 5 years, is that the index is not inclusive enough; that its coverage is poor; and that it lists only a fraction of the open access journals that exist. Our research shows that many journals reported as “missing” […] Read More...

Published Wed, 31 Jul 2019 at 07:00
Regarding a Delta Think blog post analysing the DOAJ

In its series Open Access News & Views, Delta Think recently published an analysis of the DOAJ. We very much enjoyed the piece and found it to be one of the most well-informed articles written about us. We would like to add to the discussion by commenting on a few of the issues raised in […] Read More...

Published Fri, 14 Jun 2019 at 07:26
DOAJ reaches its SCOSS funding target within 18 months and sets its sights on new work

(Repost from the SCOSS website.) We are delighted to announce that the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has reached its funding target to cover its operational costs as were outlined in its SCOSS application. Eight consortia and 175 institutions/organisations from 18 different countries have committed support to DOAJ. “We’d like to thank our supporters. […] Read More...

Published Mon, 20 May 2019 at 11:17
DOAJ’s open letter to SSHA communities about Plan S

The recently published Royal Historical Society (RHS) working paper on Plan S contains some errors about the role that DOAJ might play in Plan S certification. These misunderstandings are commonplace and we, the DOAJ Management Team, have seen them before in other responses to Plan S. They are disappointing but they are not surprising. The […] Read More...

Published Thu, 16 May 2019 at 07:15

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