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General Criteria for Publishing High
Quality Open Access Journals -
Checklist
Susan Veldsman
Scholarly Publishing Programme
Increase visibility, accessibility & searchability of SA
accredited scholarly journals
Impr...
Peer-review of Journals (1)
• In 2007 ASSAf, with the support of the NSEF, was mandated by
the Department of Education and...
Peer-review of Journals
• Titles reviewed to date: 145
Agriculture, Social Sciences, Religion, Health, Law and
Humanities:...
PRELIMINARY QUESTIONNAIRE DIRECTED TO EDITORS BY THE PEER REVIEW PANEL
Please type in a short answer, just after each ques...
QUESTIONNAIRE DIRECTED TO EDITORS BY
THE PEER REVIEW PANEL
Please type in a short answer, just after each question, and se...
http://www.assaf.org.za/index.php/publications/evi
dence-based-reports
Online Journal System (OJS) Pilot Project
8
http://journals.assaf.org.za/
Trusted List of OA Journal Titles
• Journal management & publishing system, web site – all
in one
• Licensed as Open Sourc...
• Publish in journals accredited by the SA Dept. Of
Higher Education and Training (DHET) (± R 118 000-
00 per article)
• S...
About the Journal
Journal Articles - technical
Journal Articles - content
Journal Financial Sustainability
Journal Visibility & Impact
Journal Guidelines
Journal Policies & Statements
Journal Roles & Responsibilities
Publishing agreement
• Right to publish
• Assign DOI
• Copyright author
• Author warranties
• Not published before
• Not u...
Layout and Design
File Formats: PDF
Author names, affiliations
and contact information
clearly visible. Space
options for ORCIDs.
How to cit...
EPUB In-article table of contents. With
clickable links
Ability to enlarge letter size.
Compatible with screen sizes.
EPUB
Links to online citations
Search ability and screen size
adaption
Your Journal Online
Google Analytics
In-depth analytics on site visits,
bounce rates and page views
Customisable time
Browser data
Overview of...
Dissemination of your content
Electronic Newsletters and Table of Contents
Electronic
highlights email
with each issue,
using
Mailchimp.com
Access to th...
• To generate a wider interest and increase awareness from the public
• To create a large following
• To encourage interac...
Questions? Thank you!
Susan Veldsman
Director: ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Unit
susan@assaf.org.za
General criteria for high quality open access journals
General criteria for high quality open access journals
General criteria for high quality open access journals
General criteria for high quality open access journals
General criteria for high quality open access journals
General criteria for high quality open access journals
General criteria for high quality open access journals
General criteria for high quality open access journals
General criteria for high quality open access journals
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General criteria for high quality open access journals

  1. 1. General Criteria for Publishing High Quality Open Access Journals - Checklist Susan Veldsman
  2. 2. Scholarly Publishing Programme Increase visibility, accessibility & searchability of SA accredited scholarly journals Improve quality of SA scholarly journals, books & conference proceedings 2 Strategic Objective 1 Strategic Objective 2
  3. 3. Peer-review of Journals (1) • In 2007 ASSAf, with the support of the NSEF, was mandated by the Department of Education and the Department of Science and Technology to carry out peer reviews of all SA research journals. • In response to the need for a system of quality assurance for scholarly journals that are accredited by the DHET. • Subject grouped titles sharing a particular broad disciplinary focus. • The report makes recommendations to DHET in terms of DHET accreditation and SciELO SA inclusion. The report also includes the findings of the Peer Review Panel in terms of the journal’s quality and operations. 3
  4. 4. Peer-review of Journals • Titles reviewed to date: 145 Agriculture, Social Sciences, Religion, Health, Law and Humanities: Language and Linguistics • Titles to be reviewed (current): 162 Currently under review • Engineering and Architecture (15) • Humanities II: Visual and Performing Arts (10) • Communication and Information Science (14) Panels being established • Education (17) • Politics, History and Philosophy (26) • Mathematics and Science (22) Panels to be established • Economics and Business Management (27) • Other disciplines (31) 4
  5. 5. PRELIMINARY QUESTIONNAIRE DIRECTED TO EDITORS BY THE PEER REVIEW PANEL Please type in a short answer, just after each question, and send us your consolidated response as an MSWord document. You are requested to examine hard copies of issues published over the last 3 years of the above-listed journals in your institutional library, and, if at all possible, to provide opinions on/answers to all the questions listed under item (1) below (these are primarily focused on the content and significance of the journals, and not on operational issues) : Item 1: Do the hard copies of the last 2-3 years of issues of the journal reflect: 1. high national/international disciplinary reputations/standing of the editor-in-chief/ associate editors/members of the editorial board? 2. a high/good (general/average) quality of the articles accepted/published? 3. a (contextually) adequate/good number of articles per annum? 4. an (adequate/good) sample of the best work done in the country in the discipline/field? 5. a focus on local/regional kinds of materials/problems? 6. publication of articles by authors from across the country, and internationally? 7. useful additional scholarly features like editorials, topical reviews, book reviews, scholarly correspondence, etc? 8. proper (English-language) abstracts for all articles? 9. suitable publication of errata? 1.10 good citation practice? 1.10 good presentation, lay-out, style and copy-editing interventions? 1.10 suitability as a general on-going stimulus for local graduate students/young staff in the discipline concerned? 1.11 some kind of comparability with leading international journals in the field? Item 2: You are also requested to provide suggestions for an improvement programme for each of the journals concerned?
  6. 6. QUESTIONNAIRE DIRECTED TO EDITORS BY THE PEER REVIEW PANEL Please type in a short answer, just after each question, and send us your consolidated response as an MSWord document. (a) Editorial process-related criteria (generally based on the “National Code of Best Practice in Editorial discretion and Peer Review” developed by ASSAf): - For how many years has your journal been published? - Have there been significant interruptions in publication? - How many peer-reviewed original papers have you published during the last three years: Articles? Letter-type articles? Reviews? - How many manuscripts (of all three types) were received in the same period? - Approximately how many manuscripts of all three types were rejected without peer review? - What proportion of papers of all three types that you published had at least one author with a non-South African address?
  7. 7. http://www.assaf.org.za/index.php/publications/evi dence-based-reports
  8. 8. Online Journal System (OJS) Pilot Project 8 http://journals.assaf.org.za/
  9. 9. Trusted List of OA Journal Titles • Journal management & publishing system, web site – all in one • Licensed as Open Source Software • Developed by Public Knowledge Project (PKP) & Simon Fraser University • Community of developers • Download and install on local server https://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/ 9 DOAJ
  10. 10. • Publish in journals accredited by the SA Dept. Of Higher Education and Training (DHET) (± R 118 000- 00 per article) • See 6 lists accredited by DHET • High Impact Factor (IF) journals • International acknowledged journals specially those in their fields What do Authors prefer?
  11. 11. About the Journal
  12. 12. Journal Articles - technical
  13. 13. Journal Articles - content
  14. 14. Journal Financial Sustainability
  15. 15. Journal Visibility & Impact
  16. 16. Journal Guidelines
  17. 17. Journal Policies & Statements
  18. 18. Journal Roles & Responsibilities
  19. 19. Publishing agreement • Right to publish • Assign DOI • Copyright author • Author warranties • Not published before • Not under consideration with other journals • Unlawful statements • Defamatory material • Ethics • All authors listed • Have rights to publish • IR depositing • ASSAf • When accepted—ASSAf must publish • Not accepted—author free to publish elsewhere • All the authors must sign agreement
  20. 20. Layout and Design
  21. 21. File Formats: PDF Author names, affiliations and contact information clearly visible. Space options for ORCIDs. How to cite information, with the DOI displayed. Licencing information Clickable DOI in reference list, for easy citation information
  22. 22. EPUB In-article table of contents. With clickable links Ability to enlarge letter size. Compatible with screen sizes.
  23. 23. EPUB Links to online citations Search ability and screen size adaption
  24. 24. Your Journal Online
  25. 25. Google Analytics In-depth analytics on site visits, bounce rates and page views Customisable time Browser data Overview of countr with most visitsEasy reporting on monthly/quarterly/annual or per issue details
  26. 26. Dissemination of your content
  27. 27. Electronic Newsletters and Table of Contents Electronic highlights email with each issue, using Mailchimp.com Access to the full issues Links to social media pages Full electronic Table of Contents Mailchimp is a free-to-use online service for building and sending electronic newsletters.
  28. 28. • To generate a wider interest and increase awareness from the public • To create a large following • To encourage interaction and build relationships with readers and to provide a platform for authors and readers to communicate with the SAJS • To encourage submissions, downloads/access • To encourage visibility of the journal Social Media
  29. 29. Questions? Thank you! Susan Veldsman Director: ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Unit susan@assaf.org.za

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