Looking for ten experts for our Editorial Sub-committee

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 Editor-in-Chief, Tom (tom@doaj.org), which includes:

  • which of the field(s) below you can offer expertise in;
  • details of any previous editorial experience that you have; and
  • the names of two people who can confirm your experience.

DOAJ is looking for ten experts in the following fields:

  • medicine
  • life sciences
  • physical sciences
  • social sciences
  • humanities
  • the arts
  • statistics
  • publishing/research ethics

The aim of the sub-committee is to provide advice on editorial issues uncovered during the review of an application or a journal which is already in DOAJ. These are often issues raised by the DOAJ Editorial Team and which require specialist input. For example:

  • editorial process, workflow, publishing procedures
  • content quality
  • publishing technologies and best practice
  • publication ethics
  • legal and copyright issues

The sub-committee operates in an advisory capacity. Advice may be sought on DOAJ’s own editorial policy, or we may call upon the sub-committee to provide objective advice on appeals or complaints brought to DOAJ, often from publishers who have had an application rejected or a journal removed.

Candidates should have direct experience in academic publishing, as publishers, editors,
reviewers or librarians. If you know of anyone in your network who you think would be suited to this position, please share this post with them and ask them to contact us.

When selecting members for the sub-committee, DOAJ will ensure that diversity is maintained, particularly diversity in language and subject. DOAJ is an adopting organisation of the C4DISC Joint Statement of Principles.

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 very happy to say that this announcement includes DOAJ as one of the options along with other medical databases like Medline, PubmedCentral, etc.

DOAJ is a dynamic growing index and currently lists about 1295 quality, peer reviewed, open access medical journals of which approximately 800 journals do not have any article processing charges. Follow the simple steps below to find the journals in DOAJ:

Step 1 – click on the search button https://doaj.org/search

Step 2 – choose “journals” on the left facet

Step 3 – Under Subject choose Medicine [ 785]  or Medicine (general) [510]

Step 4 (optional) – Click on “NO” under APC to find journals that do not have APC

 

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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 Criticism at CONICET, the main agency that fosters science and technology in Argentina.

Most of her research projects are related to Open Science and Digital Humanities, with a focus on the Global South. She is also the president of the Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales (AAHD), and part of the Board of Directors of Force11, OpenMethods-DARIAH, Hypotheses, and Area (Open Education Network in Argentina).

Adrian Stanley will be our new ambassador for North America. Adrian is the recent past President for the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). He has previously lived and worked in China and is well connected with the global publishing community, especially in places like Brazil (SciELO) and Japan (J-Stage). In his day job, he is the Managing Director, Publishers for Digital Science, which supports, invests in and incubates new startup companies like Altmetric, Dimensions, and Figshare.

Thomas Herve Mboa Nkoudou from Cameroon is our new ambassador in Africa. He will join the existing team of ambassadors for East, North and South Africa as the representative for West and Central Africa.  He is a PhD candidate in Public Communication at Université Laval (Canada) and deeply engaged in advocating for open science and promoting best practices of Scholarly communication in Africa. He has been involved in promoting Open access in Haiti and African French-speaking countries (projet SOHA) and is the initiator and organizer of the yearly Africa Open Science and Hardware Summit (AfricaOSH). He is a member of the OpenCon organizing committee and an instructor at Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute. He has made it his mission to make scientific resources produced in African- based universities more visible locally and abroad.

 John G. Dove, based in the United States has a career in executive management of information-intensive businesses including several that served libraries and academic institutions. His ambassador activities will focus on increasing the support to DOAJ from the community.

He is now an independent consultant and open access advocate who works with organizations that are seeking to accelerate their transition to open access.  He advises both for-profits and non-profits and has a particular interest in identifying what steps are necessary to flip an entire discipline’s scholarly record to open access. He serves on NISO’s Information Discovery and Interchange Topic Committee, has written for Learned Publishing, Against the Grain, and Scholarly Kitchen. John serves on the Board of Trustees of his local public library in Revere, Massachusetts. He has a B.A. in Mathematics from Oberlin College. 

We welcome all 4 new ambassadors to our team at DOAJ and look forward to working with them for a world where open access and open science will be the default for doing and communicating on Science and Arts.

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 Managing Editor, Alejandra Manco Vega, attended numerous conferences and events.

The month of June was busy for Ivonne, as she participated in the 4th Regional Meeting of Editors of Academic Journals and the Training Workshop on Scientific Publishing at the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas in Colombia. She also participated in the 1st National Congress of Editors of Journals in Education, at Faed/UDESC in Brazil in mid-June. In July, Ivonne spent several days in Lima, Peru, where she discussed the policies of academic Journals with the Peru National Council of Science.

Over the summer, Alejandra was in Brazil, at the II Encontro Nacional de Portais de Periódicos (UNICAMP).

Toward the end of the year, both Ivonne and Alejandra gave workshops on ‘Policies and strategies on openness in research and education’ in Lima, Peru and La Pampa, Argentina.

In the North African region, our Managing Editor and very active ambassador, Kamel Belhamel, prepared workshops on Intellectual property and Creative Commons Licenses in Bejaia, Algeria. Kamel was also a speaker at the two-day conference and workshop about Academic publishing and Open Access in Rabat and Casablanca in Morocco.

In the United States, our Editor-in-Chief, Tom Olijhoek, repeated his participation in the Force11 summer school, along with Ivonne Lujano. Ivonne was also a speaker at the American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition. Spotlight on Serials: Open Access: Current and future trends in OA in Latin America, in Washington DC.

In Asia, our Ambassador, Vrushali, was at the COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) Asia Meeting in Bangladesh. In March, April, and June, our Indonesian Ambassadors Ikhwan Arief and Mochammad Tanzil organised a DOAJ workshop for editors in Surabaya and Padang, Indonesia.

In Europe, our Senior Managing Editor, Judith Barnsby, attended both the Crossref / British Library publisher workshop on metadata and open access and the ISSN workshops in February and March in London. Kamel and Tom were at the CC Global Summit in Lisbon in May, and Tom was at the ELPUB conference in Marseille in June.

At the end of 2019, DOAJ, represented by our Projects and Communications Manager, Clara Armengou, was in New Zealand for the first time. Clara met representatives from Auckland University of Technology and the University of Waikato in Hamilton to discuss the DOAJ criteria and getting more journals into DOAJ.