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[BOAI] Re: Fwd: [GOAL] DOAJ announces new selection criteria
From: "Beall, Jeffrey" <Jeffrey.Beall AT ucdenver.edu>
Jan, As David notes, there is some overlap between my list and DOAJ, and the overlap ↵ is due to different criteria. I don't think the overlap is large. Here are my reasons for adding World Scholars to my list: 1. The domain name data is blocked. Some of the journals show an Oklahoma City ↵ P.O. Box as an address; others lack any physical location information. This ↵ shows a tendency towards non-transparency. Where is this journal really ↵ headquartered? Who is operating it? These questions are not sufficiently ↵ answered on the site. 2. Each of the publisher's journals has a broad scope, perhaps to attract more ↵ papers, e.g., American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. Also, the ↵ journals contain articles that don't really match their scope. The lead article ↵ in the current issue of the American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences ↵ is entitled, "Effects of Interest Rate and Debt on Equity ↵ Investment." 3. Some of the editorial boards are small. For example, the one for the Journal ↵ of Sustainable Society has only six members, with only one from the U.S. 4. The publisher does place the CC BY logo on its website, but the PDFs of the ↵ individual articles do not bear any licensing information. 5. Each of the journals purports to be indexed by a long list of services, but ↵ some on the list are not indexing services. 6. Contact information is always generic and avoids listing any names, for ↵ instance: Principal Contact Editor, Email: ajtr AT worldscholars.org Support Contact Support Email: support AT worldscholars.org 7. The International Journal of Community Development has no editorial board ↵ listed, yet it has published an issue. Also, that journal title duplicates ↵ another journal established earlier. 8. There's no indication that the publisher pays any attention to digital ↵ preservation. The author guidelines are minimalist, and stated policies ↵ regarding retraction and the like are non-existent. 9. Despite the publisher's purported U.S. location, a good portion of the ↵ published papers originate in east and southern Africa. Thank you, Jeffrey Beall -----Original Message----- From: boai-forum-bounces AT ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:boai-forum-bounces AT ↵ ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Jan Szczepanski Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2013 6:50 AM To: boai-forum AT ecs.soton.ac.uk Subject: [BOAI] Re: Fwd: [GOAL] DOAJ announces new selection criteria Here is a new title in DOAJ. As you can see the Publisher is World Scholar. ↵ This Publisher is noted on Beall’s List:Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access ↵ Publishers. http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/ Any explanations? Jan American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences ISSN/EISSN: 23290781 2329079X Publisher: World Scholars Subject: Multidisciplinary Country: United States Language: English Start year 2013 Publication fee: Yes ↵ --- Further Information License: Added to DOAJ: 2013-06-12 13:51:41 2013/6/12 Peter Suber <peter.suber AT gmail.com>: > [Forwarding from the Directory of Open Access Journals, via the GOAL list. > --Peter Suber.] > > The Directory of Open Access Journals (www.doaj.org) is delighted to > announce new selection criteria and *hereby announces that these new > criteria are open for public comment until July 15th*. > > The DOAJ-team has developed the criteria and our Advisory Board > ↵ (http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=loadTemplate&template=about&uiLanguage= > en#board) > has provided input and comments. > > With the growth in the number of researc > > h > funders, institutional open access policies and mandates, all > stakeholders involved – researchers (as authors and readers), research > managers, staff managing publication funds, librarians, universities > and research funders - need a trusted and reliable information > resource that identifies good quality open access journals and filters out ↵ disreputable publishers. > Equally, the former have a vested interest in not being associated > with the latter. > > We have tried to construct objective criteria that can facilitate > compliance verification easily. > > In order to be listed in the DOAJ, a journal must meet the following > criteria: > > * > Journal will be asked to provide basic information (title, ISSN, > etc.), contact information, and information about journal policies > > * > Journal is registered with SHERPA/RoMEO > > * > > Journal has an editorial board with clearly identifiable members > (including affiliation information) > > * > Journal publishes a minimum of five articles per year (does not apply > for new journals) > > * > Allows use and reuse at leastat the following levels (as specified in > the Open Access Spectrum, ↵ http://www.plos.org/about/open-access/howopenisit/): > - Full text, metadata, and citations of articles can be crawled and > accessed with permission (Machine Readability Level 4) > - Provides free readership rights to all articles immediately upon > publication (Reader Rights Level 1) > - Reuse is subject to certain restrictions; no remixing (Reuse Rights > Level > 3) > - Allow authors to retain copyright in their article with no > restrictions (Copyrights Level 1) > - Author can post the final, peer-reviewed manuscript version > (postprint) to any repository or website (Author Posting Rights Level > 2) > > You may review the complete list of criteria here: > https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlFw8p9XB3C6dHE3ZC1Hd2FMM > jAweE96czRQb3NDbnc&usp=sharing > > Future submissions for inclusion in to DOAJ must include the complete > set of information provided by the publisher. This information will be > publicly available in the Directory. The journals currently listed in > the DOAJ will have to go through a re-evaluation process based on the > new criteria. This work will take place over the next 12 months or so. > > *DOAJ Seal of Approval* At the same time we are launching the DOAJ > Seal of Approval for Open Access Journals (in short: the DOAJ Seal) to > encourage a high practice standard. These journals will be identified > with the DOAJ Seal logo. > > In addition to the more general criteria, above, required for > inclusion in the DOAJ, the following criteria must be met for a > journal to receive the DOAJ Seal: > > * > Provides machine readable copyright information to help search > engines identify open works > > * > Provides DOIs at the article level > > * > Provides metadata to DOAJ at the article level > > * > Has a digital archiving/preservation arrangement in place > > * > Allows use and reuse at least at the following levels (as specified > in the Open Access Spectrum, ↵ http://www.plos.org/about/open-access/howopenisit/): > + Allows a community standard API or other protocol to crawl or access > + full > text, metadata, citations, and data (including supplementary data) for > articles (Open Access Spectrum: Machine Readability Level 2) > + Ensures generous reuse and remixing rights (Open Access Spectrum: > + Reuse > Rights Level 1) > + Allows authors to post any version of their article to any > + repository or > website (Open Access Spectrum: Author Posting Rights Level 1) > > +++++++++++++++++++++ > > We are confident that the new criteria will positively contribute to > the transparency of open access. Since open access journals are a > relatively new phenomenon, and one that is continuously changing, we > will probably have to revise the criteria in a couple of years to keep > them current and up to date. > > To avoid any misunderstanding, we are restating DOAJ’s scope here: > > The DOAJ has the ambition to continue to be the white list of open > access journals that are global in scope in terms of geography, > scientific discipline and language. > > In scope: Journals that provide immediate access to scholarly articles > without reader payment, including back-files from those journals made > freely available after transitioning to open access. > > Not in scope: Single articles from subscription based journals made > freely available under an open access option (hybrid articles). > > Articles from subscription based journals made freely available after > an embargo period (so-called delayed open access – not a term in our > dictionary). > > Your comments on the new criteria are much appreciated and will > contribute toward their implementation. Comments must be received > before 6pm CEST on Monday 15th July 2013 and should be sent to the > DOAJ Community Manager Dominic Mitchell (dom AT doaj.org). > > > > Kind regards > > Lars Bjørnshauge > > Managing Director, DOAJ > > > > > -- > To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: > http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/boai-forum -- Jan Szczepański F.d Förste bibliotekare och chef för f.d Avdelningen för humaniora vid ↵ Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek E-post: Jan.Szczepanski63 AT gmail.com -- To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/boai-forum -- To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/boai-forum
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