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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

3,000 peer-reviewed OA journals in the DOAJ

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has reached the milestone of listing 3,000 peer-reviewed OA journals.  From today's announcement:

As of today the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) contains 3000 open access journals, i.e. quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web.

We are very pleased to see that the usage of DOAJ is constantly increasing on all parameters. Every month visitors from more than 160 countries are using the service, hundreds of libraries all over the world have included the DOAJ titles in their catalogues and other services, and commercial aggregators are as well benefiting of the service.

The goal of the Directory of Open Access Journals is still to increase the visibility and accessibility of open access scholarly journals, and thereby promote 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 are welcome. To maintain the quality of the service we also have to remove titles from DOAJ if they no longer live up to the selection criteria. 96 titles have been removed so far during 2007....

In order to create a sustainable financial foundation for the continuing operation and development of DOAJ we launched the DOAJ Membership Program in February 2007. We invite individuals, universities, research centres, libraries, library organisations, library consortia, aggregators and other organisations to contribute....As of today, DOAJ has got 3 individuals, 51 libraries, 10 library consortia and 1 aggregator as members. Thanks to our members we have been able to employ more staff and thereby maintain a high quality of the service....

PS:  Congratulations to Lars Bjornshauge, Anna-Lena Johansson, and the rest of the DOAJ team.  And since the growing number of peer-reviewed OA journals reflects dedication, commitment, and hard work around the world, congratulations to us all.