Silver Sponsor MDPI answers our questions on DOAJ and Open Access

This is the first of a series of interviews with our Gold and Silver sponsors. MDPI answered our questions on DOAJ and Open Access publishing.

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Your organisation has been supporting DOAJ for a few years now. Why is it important for MDPI to support DOAJ?

Both DOAJ and MDPI are pioneers in open access. DOAJ was one of the first organizations to provide guidance to scholars looking to publish in open access. An application process was introduced a few years ago and the directory has defined a very clear set of best practices that are expected. Today, DOAJ is an important and trusted source of information about open access publishers and journals, both for authors and funding bodies. Maybe DOAJ could consider maintaining a public list of changes (new additions and removals) to the directory in future!

*NOTE from DOAJ: we actually do this, but we are aware we need to place the link on a more prominent place on our site: https://doaj.org/faq#metadata. You can download a list of journals in CSV (comma-separated) format which can then be imported into Excel or any equivalent analysis tool. The CSV file is updated every 30 minutes.

What benefits does being indexed in DOAJ bring to your journals?

Our journals are more visible to researchers and institutions through being in DOAJ and authors can trust we adhere to best practices and open access principles set forward by the directory. MDPI has the greatest respect for what DOAJ has achieved!

Do you think that the DOAJ has been and/or still is important for the development of Open Access publishing?

Of course!

What is MDPI doing to support that development? Do you have any exciting projects underway?

We collaborate with institutions, universities, and libraries to jointly develop and promote open access. We think it is very important to work hand in hand with the main stakeholders, which is why we launched our institutional program five years ago, currently with over 350 institutions participating in the program. We are exploring different publishing models through our preprint platform Preprints.org, Knowledge Unlatched (which supports 9 MDPI journals in the area of humanities and social sciences) and our research collaboration and conference platform at sciforum.net. We also support initiatives like DORA and the Jussieu Call to explore how research can be communicated more effectively and to explore different models beyond article processing charges paid by authors.

What are your personal views on the future of Open Access publishing?

Open access is the publishing model of the future. We focus our energy and capacity on upholding the quality of our publication process, which we see as essential for continued growth. We will support funders and universities in their efforts to define policies aimed at ensuring research is freely available.

What do you think that the scholarly community could do to better support the continued development of the Open Access movement in the near future?

There is no special treatment needed for open access publishers. Authors are becoming aware they need to gain control over their intellectual property. Not least to ensure their work is as visible as possible, with free access to as many readers as possible. The right to distribute/deposit accepted versions is one way of gaining more control.

Much has been said recently about whether open access is succeeding or failing, particularly in terms of the original vision laid out by the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002. Do you think that open access has fallen short of this vision, or has it surpassed expectations?

Open access will continue to grow. MDPI is expanding, both in number of journals and papers published. Other publishers are adding to the number of high-quality open access journals. We will continue to work exceptionally hard to ensure open access is a success and research becomes freely available to everyone.

 

New Sponsorship Model from 2018

From January 2018, DOAJ has introduced a tiered system of sponsorship – a structure which is tried and tested and that, we believe, will meet our current sponsors’ expectations and hopefully raise our appeal to new sponsors. To make sure that the model remains realistic, we have tiered pricing for both commercial and non-commercial entities.

Read the report on our main achievements in 2017, as well as developments for the year ahead.

All sponsors are able to use our new logos below on their web sites and promotional materials etc. The logos are coloured according to the level of sponsorship. A new logo will be issued each year.

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If your organisation would like to sponsor us, or if you have any questions about your current sponsorship, our work, or what sponsorship money goes towards, please contact  our Managing Director and Founder, Lars Bjørnshauge, directly: lars@doaj.org.

Seasons Greetings

We would like to thank all of you for what has turned out to be a wonderful and successful year for DOAJ: we launched our advanced application form and created our network of voluntary Associate Editors and Editors who help us process reapplications and new applications.

The DOAJ Team is particularly grateful this year to all our sponsors, publisher members and members, without whom we would not be able to do our work. We have worked extensively with our technical partners, Cottage Labs, this year to improve the DOAJ platform, the user experience, the quality of the data and the review & application process. Without your financial support this wouldn’t have been possible. Everyone who backs DOAJ financially has directly contributed to this work and the safeguarding of the reputation of high quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly publishing.

Seasons Greetings and we wish you a prosperous 2015!

Lars Bjørnshauge
Sonja Brage
Dom Mitchell
Tom Olijhoek
Rikard Zeylon

The new DOAJ flyer: a fresh design and updated information

We have just completed our new flyer. It’s had a complete overhaul and has a fresh clean design.

We are asked often by our users if we have any promotional materials for special events or for display in the libraries at point of use. For the first time, we now have a high-res print version of the flyer for you to print as and when you need.

We’ve added data on the top countries that refer the most traffic to DOAJ and the 6 different ways that you can connect with us, as well as our four new sponsors: PLoS, Cottage Labs, Wiley and Karger.

DOAJ Flyer, September 2014 (653 KB)

DOAJ Flyer, September 2014 Print Version (1895 KB)

If you would like more information on our promotional materials, if you have an event that you would like material for, or if you would like to see your name on our flyer, please contact me by leaving a comment here.

The flyer was designed by Karin at K-Art.se.

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New DOAJ Flyer available as high res and low res versions