Meeting the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) quality criteria in the global South

(Publishing in Open Access Journals, IDRC | CRDI)

Open Access is when publications are freely availble online to all at no cost and with limited restrictions with regards reuse. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ quality seal criteria span five categories, ranging from the quality of the editorial process to copyright issues.

DOAJ provides a list of trusted, open access scholarly journals (about 12,000) from across the world, and from different disciplines. Journal Editors are encouraged to submit their journals for evaluation, and researchers and librarians are encouraged to use this DOAJ list accepted into DOAJ based on the new extended criteria as a valuable resource to identify journals to publish with, but also to find information from to advance further research.

It is easy to see exactly which journals are from which country, from which discipline, at any time, by downloading it in Excel (the file is updated every 30 minutes). Use the functions in Excel to sort data/clean as you wish, and more. OpenRefine is also an option to clean/manipulate data.

To learn more about the advancement of Open Access journal practices in the global South, please read and share the article The ambassadors for open access standards in the global South (SciDevNet, 27/09/18).

Please also encourage scholarly publication journals – especially from Africa – to consider applying for evaluation and inclusion into DOAJ. If the journal is already online and open access, please apply for the journal to be included in DOAJ by completing the online formThe African DOAJ Ambassadors would be more than prepared working with you in making your journal becoming DOAJ compliant. The DOAJ Ambassadors for the African continent include:

DOAJ has produced some educational videos for the wider community to learn about DOAJ and open access best practices : Check them out!

DID YOU KNOW that ...

...the DOAJ has become a reference for other initiatives designed to increase access to quality OA papers — such as Research4Life, a public-private partnership between UN agencies, universities and publishers? Since 2015, Research4Life only indexes OA journals if they meet the DOAJ’s rigorous criteria for journal quality and are included in the directory. “It is critical that Research4Life ensures that the journals we link to can be trusted to operate honestly and responsibly,” - says its director Richard Gedye.

AGORA is one of the five programmes making up Research4Life. The other four Research4Life programmes are HinariOAREGOALI and ARDI, covering research in health, environment, law, development and innovation.

*** Ready for Open Access Week? 22-28 October 2018, Globally!

*** The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) CALLS on the OPEN SCIENCE community to help identify field of potential applicants for second funding cycle (To be considered, all pre-applications must be submitted here by 31 October till 2018)

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AIMS.FAO.ORG is looking forward towards creating awareness of the work done in Open AccessOpen Data, Open Science through dialogue, capacity development, collaboration and diversity, - in this way science can be advanced much faster, addressing the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

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