DOAJ adds two new members of staff to its team

On the back of my last blog post, I am delighted to announce two new members joining the DOAJ team: Judith Barnsby and Alejandra Manco Vega who both join us as Publication Specialists.

The employment of Judith and Alejandra is to a large extent a direct result of the substantial funding that has been facilitated by Austria’s FWF, BMWFW and several Austrian universities and research centres. This means that DOAJ has even more resource and this is specifically dedicated to reviewing reapplications. The benefits will be felt immediately: Alejandra will focus on Spanish and Portuguese reapplications, Judith on reapplications from multi-journal publishers.

Judith, based in the UK, comes to us armed with a great deal of publishing experience and is an expert in publishing technologies and standards, having previously been with HighWire, and is on the board for CLOCKSS. Alejandra, originally from Peru but now based in Sweden, comes with librarianship and language skills. They bring the total number of dedicated DOAJ Team members to seven, on top of the 100 or so volunteers who donate their time to us every week.

On behalf of the entire DOAJ Team, I welcome warmly Judith and Alejandra. We are delighted to have you with us!

VACANCY Publication Specialist

UPDATE: Applications are now CLOSED.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes more than 10000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. It is a community-curated list of reputable, open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed, open access material. Publishers must apply for their journal(s) to be indexed in DOAJ and each application is reviewed manually by the editorial team. We receive approximately 80 new applications every week.

DOAJ is now seeking a freelance Publication Specialist to assist the editorial team with reviewing new applications and reapplications. The role requires knowledge of academic publishing, in particular: online journals, editorial process, best practices and publishing technology standards.

DOAJ is a virtual organization so the role is based from home. The successful applicant will be expected to provide their own work space and equipment. Most meetings are conducted virtually but expenses will be paid if you attend any physical meetings.

Hours of work: 15-25 hours per week. Working hours are flexible and you will be expected to manage your own time but it would be helpful if some of the time could be spent between the hours of 8-4pm (GMT).

Pay: Hourly rate negotiable.

Language: English + 1 other preferable

Role Purpose

Working in the DOAJ Admin system, the role is to methodically review, assess and eventually approve/reject journal applications.

Key Accountabilities

  • Check new applications against the DOAJ criteria for acceptance.
  • Manage all communication with the applicants and respond to their queries.
  • Liaise with the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editors as needed.
  • Promote awareness of DOAJ, its resources and services to successful applicants and the academic publishing community in general.
  • Attend team and editorial Hangouts every week.

Qualifications / Experience Required

  • Higher education or graduate
  • At least two years experience in academic publishing
  • Previous experience of manuscript submission systems or large databases is desirable
  • Open access and its developments
  • Publishing technologies, standards and best practices
  • Excellent IT competence
  • Publisher relations experience an advantage

Personal Qualities / Skills

  • Fluent in English
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral
  • An understanding of how to handle confidential and/or sensitive information
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to produce accurate work, demonstrate good attention to detail and meet deadlines
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Motivated and resourceful
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Experience of building effective working relationships

To Apply

Please send a CV and a short cover letter to the Community Manager, Dominic Mitchell, at dom[@]doaj[.]org by 26th August 2015.

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