DOAJ is now more accessible in China

The DOAJ website has been moved from Google-hosted javascript services which were preventing DOAJ being used in China.

Some parts of China block Google and Google services. DOAJ was using Google-hosted javascript services for its search functions. We have moved away from these services, a move which is strategically vital if we want our DOAJ Ambassadors for China to have any success in raising awareness of the site and best practice in open access publishing.

Usage from China is only a fraction of all usage. We are looking forward to seeing that usage grow over the coming months.

Widgets! Embed DOAJ directly into your site.

Happy New Year to all of you! We have a gift: two shiny widgets! You can now embed a set of search results or a DOAJ search box directly into your web sites.

Embedding search results
It works like this: 1) carry out a search in DOAJ 2) filter and refine the results until they are as precise as you need them 3) use the Embed button ‘share|embed’ button at the top of the search results to reveal the code that you will paste into your web page. The results that you embed in your site update automatically as DOAJ updates.

Some possible uses might be: a publisher can now display a list of all its journals or articles, indexed in DOAJ, on its own site; a library can display all DOAJ indexed journals with no APCs that have the Seal; a researcher might embed a list of all open access articles with a CC BY license that are pertinent to her research group.

Embed a DOAJ search box in your site
You can also embed a DOAJ search box directly into your site, allowing your users to search for open access, peer reviewed journals and articles directly. A user carrying out a search in this way will be taken to the search results in DOAJ. The search box can be embedded into your site, library portal, web page or blog, making quality open access material more easily accessible alongside other content.

We’ve created a new page for the widgets which has a little more technical detail on how to configure them so they behave exactly as you want them to. As ever, we’re always interested in your feedback!



Updated site information

The site information pages on DOAJ have had an overhaul (long overdue!) and hopefully it is now easier for you to find all the information you need about submitting journals to DOAJ, uploading metadata or just about DOAJ itself.

Three pages have changed:

  1. About DOAJ. It is now clearer that DOAJ is a member organisation. There is a new section about the DOAJ constitution and a more detail about what DOAJ is and who it partners with.
  2. Information for publishers. This page has been revamped to bring together information from a couple of pages and make it clearer about some of the basic criteria that your journal must meet before you submit an application. We have clarified our current admission policy in a disclaimer, making it clearer on how DOAJ treats publishers or journals who are found to be providing false information. (The disclaimer has also been added to the top of the application form.) It is now clearer about what happens when an application is accepted or rejected, including a list of common reasons for rejection. A complaints process has been added. The list of FAQs for publishers has been expanded and updated to include new information, for example on the DOAJ Seal.
  3. Frequently Asked Questions. The FAQs page has been restructured and expanded to include new and updated information. There is a new section for developers and on how to contribute to DOAJ. It is now clearer on how to get hold of, and what you can do with, our metadata.

DOAJ would welcome your feedback on any of this.