DOAJ is very pleased to announce that its Reapplications project, which started in January 2015, is officially complete. Although the last reapplication was processed by the DOAJ Editorial Team at the end of October, some tidying-up remained to be done: a few discontinued journals; a few which had changed title; and a few for which we had no reapplication. In total, the DOAJ Editorial Team processed 6359 submitted reapplications, of which 2058 were rejected. A further 2860 journals were removed from the database for failing to submit a reapplication at all. In total over 40% of the journals were culled from the database.
All the journals which are now listed in the database have been reviewed under DOAJ’s stricter criteria. 99% of the journal records are as current as mid-2015. A small fraction are slightly older, from 2014.
Now that the Reapplications project is complete, DOAJ will work with its technical partners, Cottage Labs, to develop a system whereby publishers can submit updates to their journal records, automating a time-consuming process which distracts the editorial team from reviewing new applications. We will write more here when we have something to share.
Here’s some good news for a Thursday.
In May we will be starting our next development projects: a metadata harvester and an API.
For the harvester, we will run a pilot phase collecting the PLoS metadata. Just by gathering PLoS metadata alone, we will very quickly double our existing article count. In 2016, we’ll scale up the harvester to seek out and collect article metadata for as many DOAJ-indexed journals as possible that do not have metadata associated with them.
The API will have two functions. Although we haven’t finalised the details, it is our intention that it will allow publishers to bulk upload their own article metadata without having to manually upload an XML file. For our mega-publishers, such as Redalyc, SciELO, BMC and PLoS, this will ensure their journals are always up-to-date in DOAJ with the latest article content. It will also allow bulk applications by publishers of new journals. Secondly, the API will provide an interface into our database that will allow custom queries of the data and advanced analysis.
These developments take serious funding so if you haven’t yet donated to us then please consider becoming a Publisher Member, a Member or a Sponsor. With the community’s help, we can greatly improve the visibility of quality, peer-reviewed open access content.
I’ll post more details as soon as I know them.