CLOSED: Looking for ten experts for our Editorial Sub-committee

Applications are now closed.

DOAJ is looking for volunteers for a new editorial sub-committee. The sub-committee will provide advice to the DOAJ Editorial Team, Board and Council on editorial matters.

The sub-committee will meet for one virtual meeting every quarter, probably of about 1-2 hours.

If you are interested, please send an email to our Editor-in-Chief, Tom (, which includes:

  • which of the field(s) below you can offer expertise in;
  • details of any previous editorial experience that you have; and
  • the names of two people who can confirm your experience.

DOAJ is looking for ten experts in the following fields:

  • medicine
  • life sciences
  • physical sciences
  • social sciences
  • humanities
  • the arts
  • statistics
  • publishing/research ethics

The aim of the sub-committee is to provide advice on editorial issues uncovered during the review of an application or a journal which is already in DOAJ. These are often issues raised by the DOAJ Editorial Team and which require specialist input. For example:

  • editorial process, workflow, publishing procedures
  • content quality
  • publishing technologies and best practice
  • publication ethics
  • legal and copyright issues

The sub-committee operates in an advisory capacity. Advice may be sought on DOAJ’s own editorial policy, or we may call upon the sub-committee to provide objective advice on appeals or complaints brought to DOAJ, often from publishers who have had an application rejected or a journal removed.

Candidates should have direct experience in academic publishing, as publishers, editors,
reviewers or librarians. If you know of anyone in your network who you think would be suited to this position, please share this post with them and ask them to contact us.

When selecting members for the sub-committee, DOAJ will ensure that diversity is maintained, particularly diversity in language and subject. DOAJ is an adopting organisation of the C4DISC Joint Statement of Principles.

[CLOSED]: DOAJ Database Assistant

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Applications are now closed.

DOAJ is looking for a person to join its dynamic team as Database Assistant.

The role is a part-time role, working remotely. The number of hours required is 25 hours per week. 

The role is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and recency of the DOAJ database, and ensuring a steady flow of work reaches the DOAJ Team. The role is split into two main parts: processing new applications and update requests, and reviewing existing journal metadata for accuracy and recency.

The DOAJ is a virtual organisation with members of the DOAJ Team working across the world, primarily in Europe. Applicants for the Database Assistant role must be located in Europe due to the nature of the work. Applicants must be available for work and meetings at some point daily during the hours of 9 am and 5 pm UTC, Monday to Friday;

The tasks associated with this role are:

  • Processing newly submitted applications and update requests on a daily basis;
  • Ensuring that DOAJ’s volunteer editor groups have applications assigned to them;
  • For accuracy and recency:
    • Regularly reviewing lists of journals or subsets of journal data;
    • Adding missing information to the database;
    • Making corrections to the metadata when needed;
    • Communicating with journal contacts;
    • Flagging problematic records.

In order to carry out his/her duties, the Database Assistant should have the following experience or skills:

  • be extremely detail orientated; be able to work methodically and quickly and still pay attention to detail.
  • have relevant study or work experience, for example: database administration, previous DOAJ work, librarianship, journal publishing, information studies.
  • Be fluent in English, both orally and written;

The following experience or skills would be beneficial but are not obligatory:

  • Speak more than one language;
  • Some previous experience with large sets of data is advantageous, particularly processing data in spreadsheets;
  • Familiarity with global open access, its drivers and recent developments;
  • Ability to use project management tools such as Slack, GitHub, Google Apps for Business
  • Publisher relations.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 5 pm UTC.

To Apply/Questions
Applicants should email a copy of their CV which highlights relevant experience and a SHORT covering letter to Dom Mitchell, Operations Manager: Any questions should also be emailed to Dom.

DOAJ is an adopting organisation of the C4DISC Joint Statement of Principles. Adopting the Joint Statement of Principles is a show of support for improving diversity and inclusion in scholarly communications.

About DOAJ

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is entirely independent and all its services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ.

The DOAJ was launched in 2003 with 300 open access journals. Today, the independent database contains 14,000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.

DOAJ is co-author to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

Two new vacancies

DOAJ is looking for two candidates to provide temporary cover for a Managing Editor and our Community Manager. If you are based in Europe and are free to work up to 30 hours a week then please read these announcements:

Managing Editor (immediate start)APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Community Manager (October start)APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Any questions, please ask here or send your questions to the contact listed in the announcements.