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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

News from the Journals Online project

The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications recently released its Autumn 2009 newsletter, which highlights INASP's Journals Online (JOLs) project. The JOLs provide a low-cost online publishing platform (based on Open Journal Systems) and capacity building for journals in developing countries, with the goal of providing OA to the journals' full text. Excerpt:

... The JOL project began in 1998 with African Journals Online (AJOL) as simple HTML pages on the INASP website. ...

In accordance with INASPís mandate to develop sustainability and local capacity, AJOL was moved to Africa in 2005 and is managed by a not-for-profit trust in South Africa. It has gone from strength to strength with more than 340 journals from 25 countries on the site in June 2009. ...

Since 2006, the following Asian JOLs have been set up: Bangladesh (BanglaJOL), Nepal (NepJOL), Philippines (PhilJOL), Sri Lanka (SLJOL), Vietnam (VJOL).

The Asian JOLs now include 133 journals with 6,420 articles. As of May 2009, 73% of these are available as open access full text ...

Pakistan is also being considered for a JOL.

For more information, see the recent newsletters from BanglaJOL, NepJOL, PhilJOL, and SLJOL