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OA Journal Publishing: DOAJ Indexing and Best Practice


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A presentation made by Judith Barnsby, DOAJ Publication Specialist, to the Library Publishing Coalition on 19th October 2016. Judith discusses why DOAJ is important to open access and which criteria DOAJ requires to be accepted into it.

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OA Journal Publishing: DOAJ Indexing and Best Practice

  1. 1. OA Journal Publishing: DOAJ Indexing and Best Practice Presented by Judith Barnsby DOAJ Publication Specialist Wednesday 19 October 2016
  2. 2. Agenda • What is the DOAJ and its mission? • Why apply for indexing in DOAJ? • What do journals need for inclusion in DOAJ? • Best practice in open access publishing • The DOAJ Seal
  3. 3. What is the DOAJ? • The Directory of Open Access Journals launched in May 2003, Lund University, Sweden with 300 titles • Community-curated not-for-profit database of high quality open access journal titles across all scholarly disciplines • Now includes over 9000 journals and more than 2 million links to OA articles
  4. 4. The DOAJ mission • Curate, maintain, develop a reliable directory of online OA scholarly journals • Increase visibility, dissemination, discoverability, attraction of OA journals • Be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer-reviewed OA journal content • Enable scholars, libraries, universities, funders, others to benefit from freely available information
  5. 5. The DOAJ mission • Help readers to find quality OA material • Help authors to identify where to publish • Help libraries to highlight OA resources to patrons • Help funders to ensure compliance with mandates • Help publishers to increase visibility and usage • Help publishers to adopt best practice • Help to build a better publishing system for all
  6. 6. Our shared goals Recommendations in the 2012 report Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success* funded by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services • Best practices for library publishing • Meaningful impact metrics • Sustainability • Community-based resources • Sharing of policies, tools, data, models • Promotion of collaboration and partnerships across academic and scholarly publishing *
  7. 7. Why apply for indexing in DOAJ? • Higher visibility for your journal • More discoverability of journal content • Demonstrate quality in journal processes • Enhance reputation of your journal • Attract more authors • Meet requirements of research funders
  8. 8. Indexing Copyright Re-use Sustainable Archiving Machine Readability
  9. 9. Open access support • Many universities now administer OA funds to support faculty • Pay OA publication charges when alternative funding is not available • May require publication in a journal listed by DOAJ • Examples include UC San Diego, Dartmouth College, Emory University, George Mason University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis...
  10. 10. Requirements for inclusion in DOAJ • Full (“gold”) open access - not hybrid • Immediate access to all full text with no embargo • Peer review • Full text original research/review papers - not abstracts • Primary audience is researchers • Any disciplines/subjects • Any languages
  11. 11. Apply
  12. 12. Publisher/Editor Applies DOAJ Editor Assess/ISSN DOAJ Team Evaluate & Recommend DOAJ Editor Final Decision Feedback to Publisher/Editor Workflow 1. Reject 2. Approve 3. Approve & Seal
  13. 13. Journal web site • Journal must have an ISSN registered at • Dedicated web space for journal • Clear navigation and links to content • Publisher name and address • Contact details for journal
  14. 14. Journal content • Clear organisational structure for ease of use • Tables of contents • Unique URL per article (not per issue) • Publication date for each article • Search/browse facility • Minimum of 5 scholarly articles published per year
  15. 15. Journal information • Aims & scope • Instructions for authors • Peer review process • Author fees (must be stated even if none charged!) • Waiver policy, if applicable • Archiving policy, if in place
  16. 16. Editorial board • Journal must have an Editor and Editorial board • Editorial board should contain at least 5 members • Members must be experts in field • Names and affiliations should be shown for all members
  17. 17. Editorial process • Demonstrate rigorous quality control • External peer review before publication • Type of review, e.g. blind, double blind, open • Editorial review allowed only for Arts & Humanities journals
  18. 18. Open access policy • Full text of all content must be available as open access, with no delay/embargo • Open access policy must be clearly stated on web site • Available on or linked from journal home page •
  19. 19. Example OA statement This is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.
  20. 20. Content licensing • The terms of use and reuse of the journal content must be clear to both authors and readers • Creative Commons licenses recommended • Publishers can choose how open their content can be, e.g. by allowing only non-commercial use • Funding agencies commonly mandate use of the most open license, CC BY
  21. 21. Creative Commons licenses • Attribution CC BY • Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA • Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA • Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND
  22. 22. Copyright • Copyright of published articles may be retained by the authors or transferred to the publisher • Many commercial publishers still require transfer of copyright and/or other publishing rights • Publishing agreement
  23. 23. Best practice guidelines • Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) • Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) • Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing
  24. 24. DOAJ Seal for Open Access Journals • Best practice recommendations for OA publishing • Based on 7 criteria relating to accessibility, openness, discoverability, reuse, and authors rights • All criteria must be met to be awarded the DOAJ Seal • Note the Seal does not reflect the academic quality of the journal
  25. 25. DOAJSeal
  26. 26. DOAJ Seal criteria • Digital archiving arrangements • To ensure long-term availability and preservation of journal content • Key archiving services: LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, Portico • National libraries’ digital preservation services • PubMed Central • Institutional servers or repositories do not qualify
  27. 27. DOAJ Seal criteria • Permanent identifiers • To ensure articles may continue to be found even when URLs change, avoid “link rot” • Digital Object Identifier (DOI) • Handle • ARK
  28. 28. DOAJ Seal criteria • Metadata supply • To provide greater visibility and discoverability of journal content • Provide article-level metadata to DOAJ • Within 3 months of acceptance • Data can be supplied via XML file or using API
  29. 29. DOAJ Seal criteria • Creative Commons license • To allow generous reuse and remixing of content • 4 of the 6 CC licenses qualify for the Seal • CC BY, CC BY-SA, CC BY-NC, CC BY-NC-SA • The most restrictive CC licenses do not qualify • CC BY-ND and CC BY-NC-ND do not allow remixing and creation of derivative products
  30. 30. DOAJ Seal criteria • Machine-readable license information • To ensure users know and understand what they are permitted to do with the content • Embed license data in article-level metadata • Any of 4 Creative Commons licenses
  31. 31. ArticlelevelCCL
  32. 32. DOAJ Seal criteria • Copyright • To allow authors to hold copyright and publishing rights without restriction • Copyright must be retained by the author • Exclusive publishing rights for the publisher do not qualify • Transfer of commercial rights to the publisher do not qualify
  33. 33. DOAJ Seal criteria • Deposit policy • To provide information on authors’ self-archiving rights • Policies for archiving of pre-prints, post-prints and publisher’s version • Covers author’s own web site, institutional and subject repositories • SHERPA/RoMEO and others
  34. 34. Evaluated DOAJ Seal
  35. 35. Information on DOAJ • Home: • Publisher information: • Apply: • FAQs: • Best practice: • Help:
  36. 36. Our members • Thanks to all our members who support the work of DOAJ • Over 60 libraries in the US and Canada • Orbis Cascade Alliance • Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) • Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) • Many LPC members!
  37. 37. DOAJ wouldn’t be here without the support of all our members and sponsors!