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.