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The DOAJ Ambassadors’ biographies

As promised in my post presenting the 15 Ambassadors , here are their biographies. Kamel Belhamel, Region: North Africa Kamel holds a PhD from the University of Setif (Algeria) in Chemical Process Engineering. He is now Professor of Chemistry at University of Bejaia, Director of the Laboratory of Organic Materials and Editor in chief of […] Read More…
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 at 07:57
The DOAJ Team is expanding!

I am very happy to announce that the DOAJ Team has expanded. We welcome to the team Ilaria Flava, based in Rome, Italy, and Clara Armengou, based in Barcelona, Spain. Ilaria joins us as Managing Editor and will assist with the monitoring of our editorial groups, the processing of applications and communicating final decisions to […] Read More…
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 at 09:52
Open Access Journals Strategy in Algeria

This is a guest post by Kamel Belhamel, DOAJ Ambassador, North Africa The importance of Open Access (OA) was recently recognised by Algerian scientists, libraries and publishers. Until recently, Algerian researchers preferred to publish their papers in European journals with an impact factor, in order to achieve certain personal goals (e.g. better career opportunities and […] Read More…
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 at 15:49
It’s soon upon us: the Ninth Open Access Week

It’s soon upon us! The ninth Open Access Week. This year, the theme is Open in Action, about taking ‘concrete steps to make … work more openly available and encourag[ing] others to do the same’. The theme corresponds nicely with our IDRC-funded Ambassador project where we have Ambassadors working around the world to promote the […] Read More…
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 at 12:29
Policy updates: open access statement and user registration

Open Access Statement Until recently, DOAJ has insisted that journals state very clearly on their web site a full and detailed open access statement, preferably one that follows closely the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition. From 8th September, DOAJ will accept a short open access statement—even as short as ‘This journal is open access.’—but ONLY […] Read More…
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 at 14:43
Presenting the DOAJ Ambassadors

Further to our announcement of the start of our IDRC-funded project focussing on the improvement of open access journals in the global south, I am delighted to present to you the list of 15 DOAJ Ambassadors. These Ambassadors will be working on behalf of DOAJ until April 2017 and will be operating in 11 regions […] Read More…
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 at 13:21
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 […] Read More…
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 at 08:55
Walt Crawford updates his analysis of DOAJ data

Walt Crawford is prolific! As if his first tranche of mega-analysis wasn’t enough work for him, he has released an update to The Gold Open Access Landscape 2011-2014, which I wrote about previously, that includes an initial analysis of the journals that were removed from DOAJ at the shut-down of the Reapplication project.* He completed […] Read More…
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 at 07:57
The Redalyc JATS project strides towards standardisation.

Every now and then we hear news that is music to our ears and this time its news from Redalyc who have recently announced their project to transition their journals to the JATS XML format. The decision to make the transition was taken last year and on August 29th Redalyc will be launching their new […] Read More…
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 at 06:39
How to submit a complete and quality application. A Webinar on the DOAJ.

This invitation is for Scholarly Journal Editors/Publishers/Librarians/Other, in the southern and eastern African regions, to attend a webinar on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). About DOAJ The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden – is a centrally, publicly and internationally available community-curated list of high […] Read More…
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 at 06:52
A lot goes a long way: data quality improvement at DOAJ

Since 2012, DOAJ has been on a path of data quality improvement. DOAJ metadata is used all over the world and all over the Web. Improving and fixing the quality of our metadata can be painstaking work but the effort goes a long way as changes propagate across the Web via search engines, aggregator databases, […] Read More…
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 at 12:29
DOAJ. Now with added PLOS.

Finally, after saying: “It’s coming” for almost a year, DOAJ has added the entire PLOS catalogue to its database. A total of 182,500 articles were added and the harvester is set to go out and collect new articles at 5.30am every morning. The harvester collects the metadata from Europe PMC. This is a milestone for […] Read More…
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 at 09:14
DOAJ is now more accessible in China

The DOAJ website has been moved from Google-hosted javascript services which were preventing DOAJ being used in China. Some parts of China block Google and Google services. DOAJ was using Google-hosted javascript services for its search functions. We have moved away from these services, a move which is strategically vital if we want our DOAJ […] Read More…
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 at 14:03
NEW: continuations, improved tables of contents, feedback on a journal, APC granularity, and more…

Very soon, we will be releasing new functionality on DOAJ that will improve the detail in the journal record, increase DOAJ’s accuracy even more and will encourage greater input from the community. We have also abandoned our policy to remove journals that have ceased publication. Continuations Ever since we migrated to our new platform, we […] Read More…
Tue, 24 May 2016 at 15:20
DOAJ to remove approximately 3300 journals

UPDATE (11th May): the list of removed journals is here on the 3rd tab. Today DOAJ will remove approximately 3300 journals for failure to submit a valid reapplication before the communicated deadline; a deadline which was extended twice to allow more time for reapplications. This batch removal is another step in DOAJ’s two year long project […] Read More…
Thu, 12 May 2016 at 03:34
A Funding Opportunity for APC-free Open Access Journals and Platforms

This is a guest post by Pablo de Castro, Coordinator for the OpenAIRE FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot. The FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot, as launched by the EC and OpenAIRE in May 2015, was mainly designed as a tool to fund Open Access publishing fees for publications arising from completed FP7 (7th Framework Programme […] Read More…
Wed, 11 May 2016 at 08:07
Final call! Journal reapplications to DOAJ close 31 March

The extended deadline for journals to reapply for listing in DOAJ closes on Thursday 31 March 2016 at midnight UK time (GMT+1). All journals that were accepted into DOAJ before March 2014 must reapply to remain indexed in the Directory. Journals that do not reapply will be removed from our list. Don’t delay – please […] Read More…
Wed, 30 Mar 2016 at 16:05
VACANCY DOAJ Ambassadors

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes more than 11 000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. It is a white list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. Publishers must apply […] Read More…
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 at 14:00
VACANCY DOAJ Ambassadors

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes more than 11 000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. It is a white list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. Publishers must apply […] Read More…
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 at 14:00
IDRC grant to improve OA journals from the Global South

We are very pleased to announce that IS4OA/DOAJ has been given a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to improve open access publishing practices in the developing world. The overall objective of the grant is to enhance DOAJ and the open access infrastructure that supports researchers` ability to publish in reputable open access […] Read More…
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 at 13:31

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