Un partenariat entre Érudit et DOAJ : vers une meilleure visibilité et une plus grande découvrabilité pour les revues savantes francophones et bilingues

erudit-logotype-rougeDOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) et Érudit ont conclu un partenariat dans le cadre d’un projet qui vise à inciter et à aider les revues avec comité de pairs, diffusées en libre accès sur la plateforme erudit.org, en vue de leur indexation dans DOAJ.

DOAJ est une référence internationale pour les revues évaluées par les pairs et diffusées en libre accès. Actuellement, plus de 14 450 revues, en provenance de 131 pays et publiées en 75 langues, sont référencées dans sa base de données. Il contribue ainsi au rayonnement d’une recherche diversifiée, tant sur le plan régional que du point de vue linguistique. En tant que signataire de l’Initiative d’Helsinki, DOAJ déploie des efforts considérables pour indexer davantage de revues publiant dans des langues autres que l’anglais, de manière à souligner l’importance de la recherche menée dans toutes les langues.

« Dès sa création en 2003, DOAJ visait une portée internationale, d’un point de vue géographique, linguistique et disciplinaire. En permettant le moissonnage gratuit de nos données, y compris près de 5 millions d’éléments de métadonnées d’articles, nous offrons une visibilité mondiale même aux plus petites revues. Les données que nous rendons disponibles sont recueillies par de nombreux organismes et par les principaux moteurs de recherche et outils de découverte à travers le monde », explique Lars Bjørnshauge, le fondateur et directeur général de DOAJ.

 Afin d’attirer davantage de revues publiées dans des langues autres que l’anglais, DOAJ a choisi le français, qui, en tant que langue officielle dans 29 pays à travers le monde, représentait le candidat idéal pour lancer ce projet collaboratif. Érudit est une plateforme canadienne non commerciale qui rassemble plus de 220 revues francophones et bilingues, et dont 97% des contenus diffusés sont disponibles en libre accès. Les revues diffusées sur la plateforme sont des petites ou moyennes structures éditoriales et sont publiées par des presses universitaires, des sociétés savantes ou d’autres institutions de recherche. Chaque année, la plateforme Érudit attire 3 millions d’utilisateurs provenant de 85 pays. « Ce partenariat avec DOAJ est une très belle opportunité d’accroître la visibilité, la découvrabilité et l’impact des revues en libre accès que nous diffusons. C’est également un bon moyen pour souligner la qualité de ces revues. Nous sommes ravis de contribuer ainsi au développement du libre accès et de soutenir un système non commercial de communication savante », s’est réjouie Tanja Niemann, la directrice générale d’Érudit.

 DOAJ et Érudit travailleront de concert pour accompagner les revues francophones et bilingues dans leur potentielle inclusion dans DOAJ en leur communiquant les critères et les directives d’inclusion et en organisant des ateliers d’accompagnement. Le projet donnera lieu à une production importante de documents de formation et de soutien en français, ce qui sera également utile pour attirer davantage de revues savantes de la francophonie internationale. Le projet pilote sera ouvert à environ 50 revues et se déroulera de mars 2020 à décembre 2021. Lars Bjørnshauge ajoute : « Nous sommes ravis de conclure ce partenariat. En travaillant étroitement avec des organismes comme Érudit sur des projets comme celui-ci, nous constatons un taux d’acceptation de 95% parmi les demandes que nous recevons, en comparaison avec les 50% habituels qui proviennent de candidatures spontanées. Il est avantageux pour DOAJ de travailler avec Érudit et de profiter d’un contact direct avec les éditeurs des revues diffusées sur la plateforme. »

 Pour plus d’informations, veuillez communiquer avec:

Dominic Mitchell – Gestionnaire des opérations, DOAJ – dom@doaj.org
Gwendal Henry – Chargé de communication, Érudit – gwendal.henry@erudit.org

A partnership between Érudit and DOAJ: towards greater visibility and discoverability for open access French-language and bilingual scientific journals

PRESS RELEASE

erudit-logotype-rougeDOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and Érudit have entered into a partnership for a project aimed at encouraging and helping peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals disseminated on the erudit.org platform to be indexed in DOAJ.

DOAJ has set an international standard for peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals. Today, the index includes 14,450 journals from over 131 countries, publishing in 75 languages, demonstrating a regional and linguistic diversity of research. As a signatory of the Helsinki Initiative, DOAJ is working hard to ensure the indexation of more non-English-language journals as a way to emphasise the importance of research in all languages.

“From its launch in 2003, DOAJ has always had the ambition of being truly interdisciplinary and global in terms of geography, language, and scope. With all the DOAJ data being harvestable for free, including approximately 5 million pieces of article metadata, we give even the smaller journals global visibility. The data is picked up by organisations, leading search engines and discovery services all over the world, and we facilitate that by making it available in multiple ways,” says Lars Bjørnshauge, DOAJ Managing Director and Founder.

French, an official language in 29 countries around the world, was selected by DOAJ the ideal linguistic candidate to launch a collaborative project to attract more non-English-language journals. As a Canadian and non-commercial platform, Érudit brings together 220+ French-language and bilingual journals, with 97% of the content available in open access. The journals disseminated on the Érudit platform are small or medium-sized editorial structures, published by university presses, scholarly societies or other research organizations. The Érudit platform attracts 3 million visitors from 85 countries every year.

“This partnership with the DOAJ is a good way to recognize the quality of open access journals disseminated on Érudit and to increase their visibility, discoverability, and impact. We’re glad to contribute to the development of OA and to support a non-commercial system of scholarly communication by this partnership,” said Tanja Niemann, Érudit Executive Director.

 DOAJ and Érudit will work together to facilitate the application process for French-language journals by communicating DOAJ criteria, translating instructions, and organising workshops. An important by-product of the project will be more DOAJ training and support materials in French, which will be useful in attracting more French-language journals from other parts of the world. The Pilot project will focus on fifty journals and run from March 2020 to December 2021.

Lars Bjørnshauge adds: “We are delighted to enter this partnership. By working directly with groups like Érudit on projects like this one, we see a 95% success rate among the applications that are eventually submitted, compared to the usual 50% from unsolicited applications. It’s a great thing for DOAJ to work with Érudit and to be in direct contact with the journal editors and publishers on the Érudit platform.”

 

For further information, contact:

Dominic Mitchell – DOAJ Operations Manager – dom@doaj.org
Gwendal Henry – Érudit Communication Officer – gwendal.henry@erudit.org

Possible delay, due to COVID-19, to publishers’ ISSN requests via national ISSN centres

An important note from this month’s ISSN newsletter. I would urge publishers to sign up to the newsletter if you haven’t already done so.

DOAJ is taking the information below into account when reviewing applications. In particular, we know that applications from Argentina, Colombia, United Kingdom, Luxemburg, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, Slovakia might be affected. Applications from this country which contain ISSNs which are not confirmed or registered will be placed on hold instead of being rejected.

Note to publishers requesting ISSN assignments from the ISSN Network
Due to the COVID-19 global outbreak and health and social measures imposed by several national authorities, ISSN National Centres and their hosting institutions may encounter technical and operational issues. This particular situation may have an impact on the timely management of publishers’ ISSN requests and ISSN assignments. Unfortunately, the ISSN International Centre cannot currently replace impacted ISSN National Centres and manage all ISSN requests and assignments. If ISSN National Centres and their hosting institutions are temporarily closed due to this crisis, the ISSN International Centre invites publishers to be patient and renew their requests regularly. We thank you for your understanding.

FinELib, the consortium for Finnish universities, will fund DOAJ for a 3-year period based on the SCOSS model

PRESS RELEASE

FinELib logoFinELib, the Finnish consortium for universities, research institutions and universities of applied sciences, has agreed to provide funding to DOAJ over a 3-year period.

The consortium has promised funds to DOAJ in recognition of the valuable contribution that DOAJ makes to open access and scholarly publishing. The move follows hot on the heels of Finland publishing its policy on open science and open research earlier this year, a move which was welcomed by Finland’s academia.

The amount of funding promised to DOAJ by FinELib is €31,500 per year for three years. This is at the level of “sustainable” funding and allows DOAJ to retain its focus on its goals for the current strategic period, one of which is to attract more non-English language journals into the Directory, especially within social sciences and humanities.

Arja Tuuliniemi, Head of FinELib, said: “DOAJ is a valuable open access service for Finnish research institutions. We are pleased that FinELib can take part in providing sustainable funding for DOAJ.”

In fact, the funding comes after the successful implementation of a joint project between DOAJ and TSV, Federation of Finnish Societies, to train journal representatives on the DOAJ criteria and help them submit a complete and proper application to DOAJ. The goal of the project is to increase the number of Finnish journals in DOAJ.

Lars Bjørnshauge, Managing Director and Founder of DOAJ, said: “We are very pleased that FinELib has facilitated that 15 of the member institutions have signed up for significant support over a three year period. The support will help us continue developing DOAJ with special focus on non-English language journals.“

The funding comes at the end of what has turned out to be a very successful SCOSS funding drive for DOAJ. The period ran from 2018 to 2020. The effect that sustainable funding has had on DOAJ can be seen in various blog posts.

For more information on funding DOAJ, contact Lars Bjørnshauge: lars@doaj.org.

A PDF version of this press release is here.

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COVID-19: turnaround times may be affected

As with most organisations, COVID-19 is having an effect on DOAJ. Although we are an organisation without physical offices (virtual, already remote-working and Cloud-based), our team members and volunteers are all affected in real ways.

This means that we may take longer than usual to process applications. Many applications are processed in under 3 months but this may increase over the coming weeks. We ask you to be patient.

If you are a publisher waiting to hear from us about an application, the standard rules still apply:

  • do not email for a status update if you submitted your application less than 3 months ago.
  • before you contact us, check that emails from us aren’t in your spam folder. (Remember that our volunteers will email from their own email addresses and not DOAJ ones.)
  • always contact us using the Contact Us form and include the journal title and ISSN(s).

On behalf of everyone at DOAJ and all our volunteers, I’d like to thank you for your understanding but, more importantly, take great care of yourselves in these times of uncertainty.

Dom Mitchell
DOAJ Operations Manager