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  • 1. ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources UKSG 2014
  • 2. A number for making sure that we talk about the same things… ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014 Could you please renew my subscription to Nature ? My paper will be published in the next issue of Nature ! The Impact Factor of Nature is 38.597 What indexing services cover Nature ?
  • 3. ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014 Nature = ISSN 1639-1241 Nature = ISSN 0028-0836 Nature = ISSN 1958-9646 Nature = ISSN 1957-9098 Nature = ISSN 1286-8469 Nature = ISSN 1281-606X Nature = ISSN 1281-606X Nature = ISSN 1957-9098 •subscription agents •librarians •bodies in charge of the evaluation of the research •indexing and abstracting services •programs for digital preservation • researchers •…. … and which benefits to a wide range of users
  • 4. The ISSN system • An ISO identifier for continuing resources - ISO standard 3297 (2007) • An international network comprised of one International Centre created by UNESCO and the French Government in the 70’s and 88 National Centres • National Centres are hosted by National Libraries, Book Chambers, National Centres for scientific information • An international database, the ISSN Register: 1,77 million of bibliographic records. Available on subscription. • 60 000 to 65 000 new resources identified each year by the ISSN Network ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources UKSG 2014
  • 5. A few things about the ISSN as an identifier • The ISSN identifies serials (journals, monographic series, conference proceedings….) but other types of continuing resources fall under the scope of the ISSN as well: integrating resources such as databases, websites, loose-leafs • When a resource is available on different media (print, online, CD-ROM etc) each medium version is identified by a separate ISSN • The ISSN is an identifier, not a « quality label » like the other ISO identifiers, the « purpose of the ISSN » is to identify resources in a unambiguous way, not to evaluate their quality or their validity ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 6. Context of the ROAD project: significant growth of (OA) scholarly resources • Citizens and researchers ask for a free access to the research ouputs (Budapest OA initiative in 2002, Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in 2003…), in particular when publicly funded • National and international policies/initiatives in favor of OA (European Commission, REF Post 2014…) as a tool for developping the economy • Development of ready-to-use systems for producing journals or repositories (Dspace) • Development of national « infrastructures » (HALE in France – Hyper Articles en Ligne) ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 7. Context of the ROAD project: significant growth of (OA) scholarly resources (2) • Dramatic growth of the number of researchers past 15 years worldwide • Over 3 600 academic repositories registered in ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories) to date • 12 000 OA journals ? (probably more) • 9700 listed in DOAJ but this number is currently decreasing because of a more selective policy ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 8. Context of the ROAD project: questions about the quality or prominence of OA journals Recurring questions about the quality of OA journals within the scholarly community ISSN viewed as a quality label, a certification, in particular by young researchers ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014 OA journals are of lower quality ? Could you please help me in selecting the journal in which I can publish my articles ? This journal has an ISSN: that means it is a high quality journal ?
  • 9. Context of the ROAD project : questions about the quality or prominence of OA journals ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014 We are sorry: the evaluation of journals is made by peers or by devoted bodies or companies, not by the ISSN catalogers That said, the ISSN is a convenient tool for aggregating information about journals….
  • 10. Context of the ROAD project: confusion of roles and questionable initiatives  e.g: ISSN role (see previous slide)  e.g: confusion about indexing/abstracting services and library catalogues (« my journal is indexed by the British Library catalogue, it is thus a good quality journal»….)  e.g: questionable scholarly metrics are emerging (lack of transparency etc, cf Jeffrey Beal blog) ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 11. Context of the ROAD project: UNESCO need for a global view of OA production worlwide • UNESCO promotes and supports the Open Access to knowledge via various programmes and actions • GOAP: snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information around the world (policies, initiatives, per country and geographic area) • Need for complementing GOAP by statistics about the OA production worlwide (journals, repositories etc) • http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and- information/portals-and-platforms/goap/ ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 12. A short-term project • Beta version of ROAD has been developped in 6 months • End of April 2013: the project is validated by the Governing Board of ISSN International Centre • June-July 2013: selection of the contractors (technical developments, data checking and update) • September: beginning of the data checking, technical developments, partnerships with indexing/abstracting services, journals indicators… • December 2013: launch of the beta version ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 13. Target audience of ROAD • students and researchers, • public bodies in charge of the funding and evaluation of the research, • journalists, • librarians and information scientists, • well informed amateurs. ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 14. Use cases •“ How many OA journals are indexed or ranked in my country ? » •“ What law-related OA scholarly resources in Spanish are available whether they be journals, conference proceedings or monographic series “ •“ What institutions have established an academic repository in South-Africa ?” •“What mathematical OA journals are currently published in Brazil ?” •“ I have to give a paper during an international conference: are its proceedings indexed and where ?” ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 15. ROAD records • ROAD is a subset of the ISSN Register • ISSN records which describe OA resources are marked with a devoted code so that to be published in ROAD • ISSN records are enriched by data taken from external sources (journal indicators, indexing-abstracting services, registries…) • The matching ISSN records / coverage lists of external sources is processed thanks to the ISSN number ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 16. ROAD records ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014 Additional data from external sources
  • 17. Types of resources and criteria • journals • conferences proceedings • monographic series • institutional repositories • open access to the whole content of the resource (free registration is accepted) • no moving wall • the resource comprises mainly research papers • the audience is mostly researchers and scholars > ROAD codes are added by the ISSN National Centres when creating the records, or retrospectively by the ISSN International Centre ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 18. External sources as of April 2014 • DOAJ • Econlit • Catalogo (Latindex) • Psych’INFO • Linguistic Abstracts • Scopus • SJR • SNIP • The Keepers Agreement in principle • Eigen factor (University of Washington) ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 19. Main features ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 20. Main features ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014 • Map search and faceted search • Search by country, subject, indexing-abstracting service, registries, journal indicators • Presentation of the external sources ( method/selection criteria) • Records downloadable and reusable
  • 21. Map search ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 22. Faceted search ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 23. Presentation of external sources ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 24. Records downloadable and reusable ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 25. Next steps (1) •Technical improvements (map, responsive design) •Retrospective identification of OA resources in the ISSN Register •Identification of academic repositories (semi-automatic assignment method) •Enrichment of ROAD records: APC (YES/NO), license, type and content of the repositories, type of peer reviewing… •Development of the classification (access by subject) so as to make it more granular ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 26. Next steps (2) •Additional partnerships •Committee for validating the partnerships ? •RDF outputs using the PRESSoo model developped by the ISSN IC and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (currently studied by IFLA groups for formal international approval) http://www.issn.org/the-centre-and-the-network/our-partners-and- projects/pressoo/ ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014
  • 27. Thank you ! françois-xavier.pelegrin@issn.org or road@issn.org ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources - UKSG 2014