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As communicated in a previous post, Lund University has facilitated a handover of the responsibility for operating and developing DOAJ to Infrastructure Services for Open Access C.I.C. (IS4OA).
IS4OA is founded by Dr. Alma Swan (convener of EOS , co-founder and co-owner of Key Perspectives Ltd and Director SPARC Europe ) and Dr. Caroline Sutton (co-founder of Co-Action Publishing and president of OASPA ).
Below we will briefly outline the current plans for improvement and development of the DOAJ.
Governance and engaging with the community
First, we want to engage the community in the governance, development and operations of the DOAJ. Our company, IS4OA, is set up as a not-for-profit charitable company limited by guarantee under UK law. Governance of the DOAJ will be through an Advisory Board comprised of key individuals from the open access community. The Advisory Board will provide advice and feedback on the development of the DOAJ. We will as well invite the broader community to contribute input on priorities and directions.
Our intention is to develop the DOAJ into a significantly improved service by introducing more functionality and extending the coverage of journals around the world. Included in this will be the task of working more closely with publishers to improve the quality of the information we can deliver about the journals listed.
The new organisation has engaged Lars Bjørnshauge to manage DOAJ. Lars founded the DOAJ during his service as Director of Libraries at Lund University. Agreements regarding hosting, technical operation and development as well as staff recruitment are in progress.
Reengineering the editorial work by crowd sourcing
We intend to change the way the editorial process operates. So far, editorial work (reviewing and approving journals) has been centralised; that is, all editorial tasks have been performed by staff located and employed at Lund University. In recent years, a de-centralised model for DOAJ has also been introduced involving agreements with regional/national collaborators (consortia, etc.) where one or more staff carry out the initial reviewing of journals from that country or in that language. This arrangement is already in operation for journals published in France, Turkey and Greece.
This model will be extended to further countries and regions. By means of the concept of the “DOAJ associate librarian” the editorial work (inclusion and filtering) and translation of the DOAJ-website into additional languages will essentially be based on a community model (crowd sourced). In this way, the workload at the central hub will decrease and will develop more in the direction of management of the community.
Improved criteria for inclusion in the DOAJ
We will indeed address the issue of publishers not living up to reasonable standards both in terms of content and of business behavior.
Improvement and development plan
We have followed debates closely and will carry out further community and user consultations to determine what enhancements and improvements should be made to the DOAJ so that it better serves the needs of the whole community (funders, sponsors, supporters, publishers, authors and other users).
Already the information we have gathered has been used to outline an improvement plan. We will engage more systematically with the community as we move forward in order to solicit input to future improvements.
Improvements will be in the following areas:
- The quality of the records for each journal entry (by working with and assisting publishers);
- Metadata improvements (journal level and article level);
- The search interface, harvesting functionality and system;
- Robust long-term archiving solution;
- A new platform, the transition to which starts in January 2013.
We hope you will welcome this new development and will continue to support DOAJ in 2013 and beyond. We look forward to working with you all in delivering a service committed to continual improvement over the years to come.
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PRESS RELEASE Mutual communication from Lund University Libraries and IS4OA to the public
Lund University Libraries and Infrastructure Services for Open Access C.I.C. (IS4OA – a UK-registered CommunityInterest Company) jointly announce important changes regarding the future operations and development of the DOAJ.
The DOAJ was initiated at Lund University, Library Head Office in May 2003. Initially the service was based on project grants but over the years the major share of support was generated from income from the membership programme. Having launched with a list of 300 journals, the DOAJ is now the leading source of Open Access journals, and this month lists more than 8300 journals in all subject areas, published in more than 100 countries in over 50 languages.
In response to the growth that the service has experienced in combination with increased demands for further developments, Lund University concluded during 2012 that a new community-based solution for operating and developing the DOAJ had become timely. Following a series of discussions, the University concluded an agreement with Infrastructure Services for Open Access, C.I.C. (IS4OA) according to which the newly formed organisation will manage the trademark as well as assume operations and development of the Directory of Open Access Journals. Further plans will be announced shortly.
IS4OA was founded by Dr. Alma Swan (convener of EOS, co-founder and co-owner of Key Perspectives Ltd. and Director SPARC Europe ) and Dr. Caroline Sutton (co-founder Co-Action Publishing and President of OASPA ).
Both parties are confident that this transition will ensure that the scholarly community of the future will continue to benefit from a resource that has proven very important for the ongoing changes in the scholarly communication system.
Jette Guldborg Petersen, Director of Libraries, Lund University
Caroline Sutton, Director, IS4OA
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