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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
Article uploads: the importance of an ISSN

This is a reminder that in February this year we tightened up procedures for article uploads. This includes checks that are carried out on uploads particularly ISSN, DOI, and full text URL information. This means that, whether uploading article XML to us or JSON via the API, the metadata must include the exact same ISSN […] Read More...

Published Wed, 15 May 2019 at 12:57
All University of California campuses commit to DOAJ

Ten institutions from the University of California – all ten campuses – commit €90,000 to DOAJ, the largest US consortium to support DOAJ via the SCOSS initiative so far. DOAJ is very pleased for the support received from the University of California towards a sustainable funding model promoted by SCOSS. Read More...

Published Fri, 26 Apr 2019 at 16:51
UK Jisc consortium commits 117,000 EUR to DOAJ

We are very happy to confirm that 29 institutions from the UK’s Jisc consortium commit €39,000 per year for 3 years to DOAJ via the SCOSS initiative. Thank you so much for your continued support!   Read More...

Published Fri, 26 Apr 2019 at 14:57
Swiss consortium pledges 216,000 Eur to DOAJ and SHERPA/RoMEO

We are delighted to announce that the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries, comprising sixteen libraries and the Swiss National Science Foundation, is the third national consortium to commit to the SCOSS initiative. swissuniversities, the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Higher Education Institutions, contributes approximately 50% of the total costs in the framework of the Swiss National […] Read More...

Published Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 10:34
We’ve added 2 new columns to the journal CSV.

In a series of enhancements to article metadata, we have released the third today.* If you are familiar with DOAJ metadata then you probably already know that you can download a CSV file which contains the journal-level metadata for all the journals in DOAJ. It is updated every 30 minutes and is probably one of the […] Read More...

Published Wed, 10 Apr 2019 at 07:10
Why do we ask applicants to wait 6 months before they apply again?

When we reject an application, the rejection email contains details about why the application was not successful and usually tells applicants that they must wait 6 months before submitting another application for the same journal to us. Why do we do this? One reason is that it is an attempt to discourage repeat applications, made […] Read More...

Published Mon, 08 Apr 2019 at 07:05
Full DOAJ data dump now available

“We’re going to a hackathon and would love to work with DOAJ’s data! Do you have a dump of all DOAJ data?” “Er, no. Sorry. I mean, we could get it for you but it will take a while. You could probably get it yourself if you know how to extract the JSON… When do […] Read More...

Published Fri, 05 Apr 2019 at 08:32
SILVER SPONSOR COPERNICUS PUBLICATIONS ANSWERS OUR QUESTIONS ON DOAJ AND OPEN ACCESS

Dr Xenia van Edig, Business Development, answers our questions. -Your organisation has been supporting DOAJ for a few years now. Why is it important for Digital Science to support DOAJ? As an information hub for all those interested in high-quality peer-reviewed open-access journals, the DOAJ is an extremely important platform. It is independent and committed […] Read More...

Published Thu, 07 Mar 2019 at 07:30
Quality of DOAJ listed journals

A recently published article on a comparison of blacklists and whitelists draws the conclusion that “In the DOAJ, more criteria relate to transparency of business and publishing practices rather than to the quality of peer review. This indicates a risk of falsely endorsing the legitimacy of a journal based on its transparent nature, while at […] Read More...

Published Mon, 25 Feb 2019 at 11:01
Feature: article upload enhancements

At DOAJ, we work hard to maintain a high level of recency and accuracy in our metadata. All of our metadata is freely available, in various formats, to those who want it. This means that any errors in it get distributed freely around the web. To reduce these and negate the knock-on effect, DOAJ works […] Read More...

Published Thu, 21 Feb 2019 at 09:52
¡Primera institución en Colombia en dar apoyo a DOAJ!

Estamos muy orgullosos de dar la bienvenida a la Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas como la primera institución colombiana en convertirse en miembro de DOAJ. Colombia es undécimo país en el mundo con más revistas académicas indexadas en DOAJ (325). Solo en 2018 añadimos 59 nuevas revistas y esperamos poder continuar con una relación […] Read More...

Published Thu, 14 Feb 2019 at 15:05
First Colombian University to Support DOAJ!

We are very happy to welcome Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas as the first institution from Colombia to become a DOAJ member. Colombia is the 11th country in the world with the most journals indexed in DOAJ (325). In 2018 we indexed 59 new journals in DOAJ and we hope we continue to have […] Read More...

Published Thu, 14 Feb 2019 at 15:03

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