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1 1 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Why support the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)? ICOLC Conference Stockholm, October 2007 Lars Björnshauge, Director of Libraries Lund University

2 2 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y What is DOAJ : – A collection of peer reviewed open access journals – Scope: All disciplines – all languages – Provides metadata harvesting services based on the OAI-PMH protocol for libraries and other service providers – Provides search service for end-users – Services for authors & publishers

3 3 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Selection criteria Open Access – no embargo ! Quality control measures, – the journal must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control in order to be included in the DOAJ. Scientific or scholarly content – Researcher as primary target group

4 4 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Purpose of the DOAJ: making it easier for – aggregators & libraries to integrate OA- journals data in their services – OA-publishers to get their journals visible – readers to find OA-material – authors to find a journal to publish in OA

5 5 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Number of journals listed in the DOAJ May 2003: 300 November 2003: 558 May 2004: 1097 November 2004:1345 May 2005:1601 November 2005:1905 May 2006:2230 November 2006:2450 May 2007:2700 October

6 6 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y The Editorial Process (simplified) SuggestionsLists, blogs etc Editorial work: check against criteria, communication with journal owner etc., check for compliance, remove uncompliant journals etc DOAJ

7 7 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Using DOAJ for harvesting Metadata DOAJ OAI-PMH or other protocols Serviceprovider: Commercial aggregator, OpenURL-provider Library (OPAC and/or ERM) Harvesting/fetching metadata

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10 10 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Using DOAJ for searching/browsing DOAJ User search Journal web sites Redirect Full text redirects per month Journal

11 11 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Impact so far Global visibility and dissemination of records – Integrated in OPAC´s in many, many libraries – Several service providers are harvesting from DOAJ – Integrated in the services of aggregators (Serial Solutions, Swets, Ebsco, OVID etc.) – and OpenURL-providers (Exlibris etc.) Frequently referred to as the most important listing Among the top 3 of referring sites for OA-journals

12 12 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Composition of the DOAJ Journals June 2007: 10 Publishers with 10+ Journals 24 Publishers with 5+ Journals 1906 Publishers with 1 Journal! 2044 Publishers in total as of June 2007! Journals from in 82 countries +40 Languages

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16 16 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Providing tools for journals to enable them to provide OAI- compliant article level metadata

17 17 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Cooperation with INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications) Country of Publication No. of Journals in DOAJ Country of Publication No. of Journals in DOAJ Country of Publication No. of Journals in DOAJ Bangladesh2Georgia4Nepal3 Belarus1Ghana1Nigeria8 Bhutan1Guatemala2Pakistan23 Bosnia1India89Peru12 Brazil238Indonesia1Philippines2 Bulgaria6Iran18Senegal1 China6Kenya1 Serbia and Montenegro8 Colombia34Korea13Thailand1 Cuba21Macedonia1Ukraine9 Ecuador1Morocco1 Egypt6Mozambique1 Working with journals from developing countries

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19 19 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Cooperation with SPARC Europé: Certification programme for Open Access Journals Seal of Approval for Open Access Journals: – Explicit re-use policies (CC-licences) – Ability to provide XML-metadata on article level – Provision of usage statistics – Preservation policy – Allow storage of full-text – Allow data- and/or text-mining To be launched this month!

20 20 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Long Term Archiving Initial discussions with the Royal Library of the Netherlands (KB) concerning provision of full-text of DOAJ-journals for long term archiving

21 21 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y DOAJ Membership Benefits Acknowledgement as a DOAJ Member on the DOAJ Membership Pages, including link to member institution homepage. Quarterly newsletters Access to the list of recently added titles Access to list of removed titles Subscription to list for DOAJ members The right to use the DOAJ membership in marketing activities Discount on participation in next years LUND Conference, April 21st- 23nd, 2008 –

22 22 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Membership Categories and yearly membership Fees Individuals: Euro 100 Libraries, Universities, Research Centers: Euro 400 Library Consortia, Library Associations: Euro Aggregators and other Service Providers: Euro Supporter: Euro (whatever) Members as of October 2007: 40+ Universities/Research Centers, 6 Consortia 1 Aggregator 17 different countries

23 23 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Libraries & the Open Access Movement The two drivers for the Open Access Movement – The Serials Crisis, accelerating price increases – librarians raised the issue, university decision makers listened – Technology – early adaptors (techies & researchers, OAI etc.) Libraries heavily involved in the early stages (BOAI, Berlin Declaration etc.)

24 24 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Funding of Open Access Services The Green Road (self-archiving/IR): – Initated & driven by libraries – Funded by universities/research centers – Infrastructure driven by libraries, funded by project grants (Sherpa/Romeo – OpenDOAR) – sustainability??

25 25 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Funding of Open Access Services The Golden Road (Open Access Journals): – Business model: Publication charges (BMC, PLoS etc.) In kind support (the usual model) One off donations (PLoS) Membership programmes (BMC, PLoS) – Infrastructure DOAJ – funding?? sustainability??

26 26 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y The funding history of DOAJ : – Project grants from Open Society Institute, The National Library of Sweden, SPARC, SPARC Europé – in kind support form Lund University (Library Head Office) : – A few sponsorships – in kind support form Lund University (Library Head Office) 2007 – Several sponsorships – in kind support form Lund University (Library Head Office) – Membership Program launched February 2007

27 27 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Aggregator services Libraries are paying for services from – Publishers – Subscription agents * – Federated search service providers * – OpenURL-solution providers * DOAJ has functionality in common with publisher services, services from subscription agents * = are harvesting data from or use data from DOAJ

28 28 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y What library consortia & libraries can do: LIbrary Consortia: – provide funding for membership programmes, – liaise with funding agencies re. publications charges – support infrastructure services Libraries: – Integrate open access documents in their services (OPACs, portals, etc.) thus giving exposure, generating usage & impact DOAJ facilitates just that! Directly & indirectly via aggregators

29 29 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Consider this During the recent years numbers of university presidents, rectors associations, research funding agencies and even governments has declared its support to declarations such as the Berlin Declaration, issued recommendations to support development of institutional repositories and encouraged researchers to publish in Open Access journals.

30 30 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Consider even this The commercial publishers are lobbying intensively against Open Access via their organisations such as the STM publishers This is the case of the NIH mandate in the United States. In EU officials are bombarded by phone calls from publishers every single day. The recent PRISM initiative is another example.

31 31 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y and this The Open Access Movement was triggered by a number of things, among those the serials crisis. Library Consortia have done a lot to keep price increases down, but never the less prices increase more than the average inflation rates. Who are paying for the lobbying done by commercial publishers? We are, you are, the libraries and our consortia!

32 32 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y A quick calculation A medium sized academic library pays a yearly license fee to the worlds largest publisher of approximately Euro Consider paying Euro 400 – this is less than 1/10 of one percent of what you pay to that publisher. Note that this library pays approximately Euro to the shareholders of that company Consider paying less than 1/3 of one percent of what you pay to the shareholders of that publisher – and thus contribute to the continuation of a highly valued service for the Open Access Movement

33 33 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Statements in support of the DOAJ Membership Programme Peter Suber: ”Every institution that supports open access or researchers who support open access should support the DOAJ. I hope you will consider joining its membership program”. LIBER President Hans Geleijnse: ”The Directory of Open Access Journals is an important service for researchers and their libraries.” As President of LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, I would like to recommend libraries to support this work”.

34 34 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Summary of forthcoming review in a well-known library journal (October 2007) DOAJ – is a significant resource. – has developed a well-deserved reputation for quality, – is the world’s most authoritative list of fully open access, peer- reviewed titles. – the title list is very impressive – is growing dramatically. – the service provided by is so obviously important – the membership fees are such an incredible bargain, that it seems highly likely that ongoing economic security will be a reality for DOAJ in the not too distant future. – libraries, consortia, universities and research centres should consider membership; – vendors serving the library community are well advised to consider DOAJ membership or sponsorship.

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36 36 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Thank you for your attention! …… and for your support! All credits to the DOAJ team: Anna-Lena Johansson, Sonja Brage, Ingela Wahlgren & Salam Baker Shanawa

37 37 L U N D U N I V E R S I T Y Summary of forthcoming review in a well-known library journal (October 2007) DOAJ – is a significant resource. – has developed a well-deserved reputation for quality, – is the world’s most authoritative list of fully open access, peer- reviewed titles. – the title list is very impressive – is growing dramatically. – the service provided by is so obviously important – the membership fees are such an incredible bargain, that it seems highly likely that ongoing economic security will be a reality for DOAJ in the not too distant future. – libraries, consortia, universities and research centres should consider membership; – vendors serving the library community are well advised to consider DOAJ membership or sponsorship.


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