A Funding Opportunity for APC-free Open Access Journals and Platforms

This is a guest post by Pablo de Castro, Coordinator for the OpenAIRE FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot.

OpenAIREplus_logoThe FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot, as launched by the EC and OpenAIRE in May 2015, was mainly designed as a tool to fund Open Access publishing fees for publications arising from completed FP7 (7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) projects. This is its main area of activity and this work is starting to bear fruit, with over 300 funded Open Access publications after a year of operation.

However, most of the journals in the DOAJ charge no APCs to their authors. Moreover, lacking a proper business model, funding opportunities for these journals are scarce beyond governmental and/or institutional funding and specific calls such as the Canadian SSHRC’s.

This is why this pilot has extended its funding scope to also cover APC-free OA journals and platforms through an alternative funding mechanism released on May 3rd. This funding mechanism will allow journals to collect support for the implementation of technical improvements on their publishing workflows. Its features and requirements will be thoroughly discussed at an OpenAIRE webinar on May 12th.

This initiative will specifically offer an opportunity to establish closer links between OpenAIRE and APC-free OA journals and publishers. While fully Open Access publishers like Ubiquity Press and Copernicus are OpenAIRE-compliant, OpenAIRE’s main focus has traditionally been—and will remain—on OA repositories and repository networks. Through this initiative, this will now be extended out to OA journals, allowing a deeper technical harmonization to take place in the APC-free OA publishing landscape.

One of the key technical improvements to be funded will be having the journal’s outputs regularly indexed at article level  in DOAJ. 69% of the OA journals currently listed in DOAJ are indexed at article level, which means there’s room for improvement. OpenAIRE is eager to promote this article-level indexing in DOAJ as a standard that will result in more visibility for the global OA content production.

Another strongly recommended enhancement is the systematic inclusion of the funding and project information in the article-level metadata within the publishing platform. While this is already a requirement for OpenAIRE-compliant repositories (at least for EC-funded projects, i.e. FP7 and Horizon 2020), it is only very rarely happening in APC-free Open Access journals at the time, even when it’s a key aspect of the way the contextual information around a publication is collected and shared. This collection of funding and project information will in fact be key for identifying eligibility for this alternative funding mechanism.

We are very much looking forward then to collecting interesting funding proposals from APC-free Open Access journals and platforms in the next two months. Make sure to register for the May 12th webinar if interested in this funding opportunity!

Final call! Journal reapplications to DOAJ close 31 March

The extended deadline for journals to reapply for listing in DOAJ closes on Thursday 31 March 2016 at midnight UK time (GMT+1).

All journals that were accepted into DOAJ before March 2014 must reapply to remain indexed in the Directory. Journals that do not reapply will be removed from our list.

Don’t delay – please ensure that your reapplication is submitted in time. Contact us at feedback@doaj.org if you have any problems with your reapplication.

IDRC grant to improve OA journals from the Global South

We are very pleased to announce that IS4OA/DOAJ has been given a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to improve open access publishing practices in the developing world.

The overall objective of the grant is to enhance DOAJ and the open access infrastructure that supports researchers` ability to publish in reputable open access journals.

The specific objectives are:

  • To improve the reputation and visibility of open access journals from developing countries
  • To increase the knowledge and use of best practices among developing world publishers of open access journals
  • To raise awareness among developing world researchers of the threat posed by questionable open access publishers
  • To create a web resource that provides researchers with criteria for the identification of reputable open access journals
  • To increase the knowledge  and use of DOAJ among developing world academics and publishers

DOAJ is now seeking 8-10 full time individuals as DOAJ Ambassadors (10 month contract) who are residents in the following regions and are native speakers of the indicated languages and fluent in English:

Region Languages
Latin America Spanish and/or Portuguese
Middle East & Persian Gulf Arabic
Africa (North/West) Arabic and French
Africa (South/East) English
India/Pakistan Hindi
Indonesia Indonesian
China Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese)

The tasks of the DOAJ Ambassadors are:

  • To promote DOAJ in their respective regions
  • To review and actively solicit new applications and reapplications to DOAJ from their region
  • To discover and assist open access publishers in their region in implementing good publishing practices
  • To identify questionable publishers and practices

The role requires knowledge of academic publishing, in particular online journals, editorial processes, best practices and publishing technology standards.

You can find the job announcement here.

Lars Bjørnshauge
Managing Director
DOAJ

(lars@doaj.org)

Disclaimer: “The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of IDRC or its Board of Governors”

VACANCY DOAJ Ambassadors

UPDATE: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED AND THE POSITIONS FILLED.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes more than 11 000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. It is a community-curated list of reputable, open access journals and aims to be the starting point for information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. Publishers must apply for their journal(s) to be indexed in DOAJ and each application is reviewed manually by the editorial team. We receive approximately 80 new applications every week.

DOAJ has been awarded a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to improve open access publishing practices in the Global South. We are now seeking 8-10 full time Ambassadors (10 month contract) who are residents in the following regions and are native speakers of the indicated languages and fluent in  English:

Region Languages
Latin America Spanish and/or Portuguese
Middle East & Persian Gulf Arabic (Farsi also useful)
Africa (North/West) Arabic and French
Africa (South/East) English
India/Pakistan Hindi (Urdu also useful)
Indonesia Indonesian
China Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese)

Tasks: to promote DOAJ in their respective regions; to discover and assist open access publishers in their region in good publishing practices; to identify questionable publishers and practices; and to review and actively solicit new applications and reapplications from journals in their region to be listed in DOAJ. The role requires knowledge of academic publishing, in particular online journals, editorial processes, best practices and publishing technology standards.

DOAJ is a virtual organization so the role is based from home. The successful applicant will be expected to provide their own work space and equipment. Most meetings are conducted virtually but expenses will be paid if you attend any physical meetings.

Start date: As soon as possible

Hours of work: 40 hours per week. You will be expected to manage your own time but to be available for team meetings as needed (may be outside of your normal working hours due to time differences)

Pay: rate negotiable

Language: fluent in English and native speaker of the indicated language(s) for the region

ROLE PURPOSE

The main role of the ambassadors is to promote good publishing practices with regional publishers, to identify questionable publishing practices and to advocate the use of DOAJ infrastructure with the publishers and academic community in their region. The ambassadors will also undertake the assessment of new journal applications and reapplications to DOAJ from publishers in their region and advise on approval or rejection of these applications.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Promote awareness of DOAJ, its resources and services to publishers and the academic publishing community in their region.
  • Review new applications from the region against the DOAJ criteria for acceptance.
  • Manage all communication with publishers and academics and respond to their queries.
  • Monitor publishing practices in their region, identify questionable publishers and offer support to open access publishers who wish to be indexed in DOAJ.
  • Attend online team and editorial Hangouts every week.
  • Liaise with the Editor-­in­-Chief and DOAJ team as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Higher education or graduate (a qualification in library science is an advantage)
  • At least two years experience in academic journal publishing
  • Previous experience of manuscript submission systems or large databases is desirable
  • Current knowledge of open access and its development
  • Understanding of scholarly publishing standards and best practices
  • Good IT competence
  • Publisher relations experience an advantage

PERSONAL QUALITIES/SKILLS

  • Native and resident of the region where you want to work
  • Fluent in English and the other language(s) indicated for the region
  • Good communication skills in those languages, both written and oral
  • An understanding of how to handle confidential and/or sensitive information
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to produce accurate work, demonstrate good attention to detail and meet deadlines
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to work on own initiative; Motivated and resourceful; Adaptable and flexible
  • Experience in building effective working relationships

TO APPLY

Please send a CV and a short cover letter including three references to the Editor-in-Chief at editorinchief@doaj.org by 23rd April 2016.

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34 VIVA members to support DOAJ!

We are very happy to announce that 34 members of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) have decided to support DOAJ via a consortium agreement. Their support enables DOAJ to do a better and quicker job in processing journals to be listed in DOAJ, and to strengthen our efforts in promoting good open access publishing practice.

The 34 institutions are:

Bridgewater College
Christopher Newport University
College of William & Mary
Eastern Shore Community College
Eastern Virginia Medical School
George Mason University
Hampden-Sydney College
James Madison University
Liberty University
Longwood University
Lynchburg College
Mary Baldwin College
Marymount University
Norfolk State University
Northern Virginia Community College
Old Dominion University
Paul D. Camp Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Radford University
Regent University
Shenandoah University
Southside Virginia Community College
Sweet Briar College
Tidewater Community College
University of Mary Washington
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
University of Virginia’s College at Wise
VCCS Systems Office
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia State University
Virginia Tech
Washington & Lee University

We thank you all for your support!