SCOSS (The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) today announced that major organizations have recommended to their member institutions to support DOAJ with funding that will enable DOAJ to move towards a new crowdfunding effort and away from its incremental annual contribution system. Under the new model organisations will work towards sustaining DOAJ for the coming 3 years, giving it more stability for the mid-term. This will enable DOAJ to develop a fully comprehensive, longer term development plan for its systems and services.
For a decade the funding of DOAJ has been based on contributions from individual libraries, library consortia and research funders from many countries around the globe. We are extremely grateful for their continuous support and we are looking forward to welcoming many of them as contributors under the SCOSS initiative.
These contributions have allowed DOAJ to develop step by step and thus become one the most important freely available resources for Open Access.
As an initial step, DOAJ will introduce a governance structure that will allow for more active influence from the community on strategic directions for DOAJ.
The new SCOSS funding drive will enable DOAJ to:
- Engage in strategic longer term development of the services and systems behind our operations.
- Provide adequate resource to cover the large number of applications coming in to DOAJ (currently 500+ per month).
- Actively curate its list thereby keeping the index more up to date and relevant.
- Enable publishers to update their own journal information, keeping records relevant.
- Continue efforts to assess and include journals from the Global South to make DOAJ even more comprehensive on a global scale.
- Continue our advocacy work directed at influencing decision makers to support a transition to open access for local language journals.
- Implement functionality that will allow DOAJ to actively harvest article-level metadata from the 10,000 journals that are currently indexed. Currently more than 70% of the journals are providing (parts of) their article-level metadata (aproximately 2,700,000 records) and are exposing these via the OAI-PMH service and our API.
- Enhance the DOAJ metadata via collaboration and integration with relevant organizations, enriching the metadata records with DOIs, integrated article-level metrics (ALMs), ORCID IDs etc.
- Stabilise and build out the platform that underpins the DOAJ and its database to ensure that it remains fit-for-purpose and operational at least until 2020.
Please contact Managing Director Lars Bjørnshauge – email@example.com – for more information or visit the SCOSS web site for the complete details.
Two members of the research community have brought to our attention a series of scam emails which have been sent out to researchers and authors, inviting recipients to submit their articles to DOAJ. The sender of the email is firstname.lastname@example.org, apparently a Professor Martin at the ‘University of California, Berkeley’.
The body of the email reads:
Please check our latest article in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).
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If you wish to publish your article absolutely free with out any cost in DOAJ then feel free to contact us.
We look forward to your positive response.
Prof. Martin (D.B) , MD., Ph. D.
University of California, Berkeley
Please be aware that these emails are NOT from DOAJ and neither are they sanctioned by DOAJ. DOAJ has not provided email addresses to Avanti. (We have no record of either of the email addresses of the two researchers who contacted us.) DOAJ does not publish any original content and only indexes article abstracts. DOAJ does not send out marketing emails. The article mentioned is not, and never has been, indexed in DOAJ.
For those that are interested, you can read more about Avanti at Scam Advisor: https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/avantipub.com
If you have received such an email, then do let us know by leaving a comment here or by contacting us at email@example.com.
It’s time to update your index and/or ask your discovery service provider to do so!
We have received several messages via our Feedback account from library catalogue administrators, their readers, and researchers asking why all of a sudden so many of the articles indexed from DOAJ are now missing? Within library catalogues, users are perhaps seeing a 404 message. On DOAJ itself, users are noticing that the article content included in DOAJ is much changed and reduced. Why is this?
Hopefully it is old news to you now that DOAJ has been undertaking its Reapplication project. Over the last 6 months, the DOAJ Team has made a final, huge push to process all the reapplications. This project is so very nearly complete: out of the 6359 reapplications submitted to us, only a handful are still to be re-checked. 2072 of the reapplications did not pass our new standards. This means that the range of journals in DOAJ has changed considerably; very quickly over a relatively short period of time.
Aggregators / Service Providers / Library Catalogue administrators: we strongly advise you to re-index / update / download again the DOAJ article metadata offering—via OAI-PMH, or our API—so that your catalogues have the most up-to-date version of our index. The DOAJ index changes weekly so it might be time to revisit how often you come to us for updates and increase that frequency. Learn more about how to interact with DOAJ.
If you are using the search or browse features at DOAJ, then be aware that some of the journals you are used to seeing in the Directory may no longer be there.
If you have any questions about the effect of the reapplication project on DOAJ, about indexing DOAJ via our API or OAI-PMH services, or even how to search and browse, then please leave a comment here or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOAJ has had excellent connections and representation throughout Latin America for many years, thanks to previous work by Redalyc, sponsorship from SciElo and, more recently, our fantastic DOAJ Latin America Ambassador. This week we welcome our first sponsor from Mexico: the Tecnológico de Monterrey.
This sponsorship is of great importance to both DOAJ and the open access movement throughout Latin America where open access publishing has been a de facto for many years. As Ivonne wrote in her blog piece: “DOAJ is committed to collaborate with publishers of this region in order to improve best practice, as well as openness for readers and for authors” and this sponsorship reflects the work we are doing there.
The institution is highly committed to open access and open science movements. They have a couple of institutional repositories, one of them specialized in open educational resources, and they also promote citizen science. Two of their journals are already indexed in DOAJ, we hope the rest will be listed soon.
We welcome Tecnológico de Monterrey as a DOAJ sponsor!
DOAJ ha tenido excelentes conexiones y representación en toda América Latina durante muchos años, gracias al trabajo previo de Redalyc, al patrocinio de Scielo, y más recientemente, a nuestra fantástica Embajadora Latinoamericana de DOAJ. Esta semana recibimos a nuestro primer patrocinador en México: el Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Este patrocinio es de gran importancia tanto para el DOAJ como para el movimiento de acceso abierto en América Latina, donde la publicación en acceso abierto ha sido de facto durante muchos años. Como Ivonne escribió en su blog: “DOAJ se compromete a colaborar con los editores de esta región con el fin de mejorar las mejores prácticas, así como la apertura para los lectores y para los autores” y este patrocinio refleja el trabajo que estamos haciendo allí.
Esta institución está altamente comprometida con el acceso abierto y los movimientos científicos abiertos. Ellos tienen repositorios institucionales, uno de ellos especializado en recursos educativos abiertos y también promueven la ciencia ciudadana. Dos de sus revistas ya están indexadas en DOAJ, esperamos que el resto sea listado pronto.
¡Damos la bienvenida al Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey como patrocinador del DOAJ!
Further to our last post about developments in Indonesia, important ties between Indonesia and DOAJ have now been established.
An ADRI consortium of more than 60 institutions has signed up as a DOAJ consortia member. The consortium is one of the biggest registered with DOAJ, reflected by the high amount of traffic and the number of new applications that DOAJ currently receives from Indonesia. We are absolutely delighted to have the consortium join us.
Furthermore, three new Ambassadors have been appointed. From 1st September 2017, the Ambassadors will start working on promoting DOAJ’s practices and standards, and Best Practices in Open Access publishing. This work has two goals: to improve the quality of Indonesia’s open access journals and to improve the quality of the applications submitted to DOAJ. The three appointed ambassadors are:
Dian Eka Indriani
Due to the scale of operations in Indonesia, we have also appointed 2 honorary Ambassadors: Professor Toho Cholik Mutohir (in Indonesian) and Abdul Wahid Maktub. Professor Mutohir is a lecturer at Surabaya State University and Abdul Wahid Maktub is Special Advisor to the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia. Congratulations to you all. We are delighted to have you onboard and look forward to working with you.
The five new Ambassadors will work alongside the existing DOAJ Ambassadors from other territories and the DOAJ Team in Europe.
Following the enrollment of ADRI, Indonesia, we are very pleased to announce that we have a consortium of Indonesian universities in the making.
Next week DOAJ will conduct a three days workshop in Bali, Indonesia to recruit Ambassadors in Indonesia. Indonesia comes in second as users of the DOAJ, and we expect hundreds of journals to be listed in DOAJ in the future.
We now have our flyers in Arabic as well!
Our fantastic DOAJ Ambassador, Kamel Belhamel, has translated these flyers for us and we are now happy to share them with the Open Access community. Please share!
Arabic Flyer 1
Arabic Flyer 2