[IRTalk] DOAJ Communique: 3 700 OA journals now approved and included in DOAJ

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Mon Jan 23 09:45:18 SAST 2017

Dear Colleagues

It is often challenging to distinguish high quality Open Access journals from questionable journals. The DOAJ<https://doaj.org/> tries to address this challenge through evaluating all OA journals. It is a community driven project, belongs to the scholarly community, and is supported by key and prominent stakeholders<https://doaj.org/sponsors>. Strict criteria<https://doaj.org/publishers> is used by experts in scholarly publication to evaluate all OA journals, and only those that adhere to the very high criteria are listed and indexed in the end. In addition to the experts, DOAJ relies on the scholarly community to communicate any problems or discrepancies to them at https://doaj.org/contact To be considered for inclusion, Open Access journals need to submit an application form<https://doaj.org/application/new>.

During the last 32 months DOAJ has accepted 3,700 journals, rejected 6,500 applications, monitored journals on a daily basis, removed 1,450 journals and delisted 2,850 journals for not re-applying to stay indexed. DOAJ also receives more than 300 new applications per month.

With the help of the community, DOAJ is working towards a streamlined, up-to-date, clean database of trusted Open Access journals.

Kind regards

Ina Smith
Planning Manager, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
DOAJ Ambassador, Southern Africa Region
LIASA Librarian of the Year 2016

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