For Immediate Release December 12, 2007
For more information, contact:
Lars Bjornshauge Lars.Bjornshauge@lub.lu.se
Anna-Lena Johansson firstname.lastname@example.org
NOW THERE ARE 3000 JOURNALS IN THE DIRECTORY OF OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS!
Lund, Sweden – As of today the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ, http://www.doaj.org) 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.
DOAJ is sponsored by the National Library of Sweden (http://www.kb.se), Axiell (http://www.axiell.se/), EBSCO (http://www.ebsco.com/), Proquest CSA (http://www.csa.com/), INASP (http://www.inasp.info/), Swedish Library Association (http://www.biblioteksforeningen.org/)), Lund university (http://www.lub.lu.se/).
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. For more information: http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=membership. 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.
We are constantly working on evaluating more journals to be included in the service, therefore we still need support from the community!
Thank you for your interest and support!
Anna-Lena Johansson & The DOAJ-team