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[BOAI] Launch of Directory of Open Access Journals

From: Peter Suber <peters AT earlham.edu>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 10:20:11 -0500


LUND UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES
DIRECTORY OF OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS

May 12, 2003

Lund, Sweden - Lund University Libraries today launches the Directory of 
Open Access Journals ( DOAJ, http://www.doaj.org ), supported by the 
Information Program of the Open Society Institute ( 
http://www.osi.hu/infoprogram/ ), along with SPARC (The Scholarly 
Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, ( http://www.arl.org/sparc ). 
The directory contains information about 350 open access journals, i.e. 
quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are 
freely available on the web. The service will continue to grow as new 
journals are identified.

The goal of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the 
visibility and accessibility of open access scholarly journals, thereby 
promoting their increased usage and impact. The directory aims to 
comprehensively cover all open access scholarly journals that use an 
appropriate quality control system.  Journals in all languages and subject 
areas will be included in the DOAJ.

The database records will be freely available for reuse in other services 
and can be harvested by using the OAI-PMH ( http://www.openarchives.org/ ), 
thus further increasing the visibility of the journals. The further 
development of DOAJ will continue with version 2, which will offer the 
enhanced feature of allowing the journals to be searched at the article 
level, and is expected to be available in late fall 2003.

"For the researcher DOAJ will mean simplified access to relevant 
information said Lars Björnshauge, Director, Lund University Libraries. The 
directory will give open-access journals a simple method to register their 
existence, and a means to dramatically enhance their visibility. Moreover, 
by enabling searches of all journals in the database at the article level, 
the next stage of DOAJ development will save research time and increase 
readership of articles."

If you know a journal that should be included in the directory, use this 
form to report it to the directory: http://www.doaj.org/suggest. 
Information about how to obtain DOAJ records for use in a library catalog 
or other service you will find at: 
http://www.doaj.org/articles/questions/#metadata.



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