We are getting better at ingesting metadata. Until then: give us your metadata!

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I just saw a tweet about an article published on PeerJ called ‘For 481 biomedical open access journals, articles are not searchable in the Directory of Open Access Journals nor in conventional biomedical databases‘. The article concludes:

DOAJ is the most complete registry of biomedical OA journals compared with five conventional biomedical databases. However, DOAJ only indexes articles for half of the biomedical journals listed, making it an incomplete source for biomedical research papers in general.

This made me very happy, especially when I read that the authors compare DOAJ with Medline, PubMed Central, EMBASE and SCOPUS to reach their conclusion. Those are some impressive databases to be ranked alongside.

Of course, the authors’ conclusion has a very large BUT in it: DOAJ contains article metadata for only half of the journals it indexes. Why is this and what are we doing about this?

The biggest issue for…

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50 major public research organisations in Europe adopt four new common principles on Open Access Publisher Services

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In a press release published yesterday, 50 Science Europe members agreed on 4 new common principles expected for publisher members when providing payments/subsidies for Open Access venues. The first principle states that journals must be listed in DOAJ, Web of Science, Scopus or PubMed.

The new principles adopted by Science Europe aim at setting minimum standards for Open Access publishing services provided by scholarly publishers. These general – and at the same time very practical – principles will help ensure scholarly and technical quality and cost effectiveness of Open Access-related services in all fields, from sciences to social sciences and the humanities. As scholarly publishing makes its transition to an Open Access system, and as service providers change their business models, the outcome of the transition will depend on the added value and quality of the services provided.

Of course, this is fantastic news for DOAJ. It underlines our…

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Jenjang Karier Dosen

20140328_210032Oleh: Elisabeth Rukmini

Lebih dari dua tahun lalu saya menulis “Rumitnya Jenjang Karier Dosen” (Kompas, 16/2/2013). Kali ini saya menulis demikian rumitnya jenjang karier dosen oleh tambahan peraturan dari pemerintah. HANDINING Peraturan itu ironis dengan fakta bahwa penyelenggara pendidikan tinggi terus mengeluhkan betapa sulit merekrut dosen. Karier dosen bukan pilihan terbaik lulusan S-1 hingga S-3 kita, apalagi jika mereka tahu jenjang karier dosen amat rumit. Baca lebih lanjut

Sudah Lebih dari 133 Jurnal Indonesia Terindeks DOAJ

Sampai tanggal 9 Mei 2015 sudah 133 jurnal Indonesia yang terindeks di Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).  Ini berarti sudah tertinggi di Asean. Masih puluhan jurnal yang masih antri menunggu hasil review oleh para editor yang direkrut oleh DOAJ.  Hal yang membanggakan adalah peningkatan penerbitan  jurnal-jurnal di Indonesia, baik secara kualitas maupun kuantitas. Baca lebih lanjut