Open access (OA) is a form of publication that allows some level of free access to scholarly publications. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a repository to which OA journals may apply and upload content to increase discoverability. OA also refers to metadata that is freely available for harvesting. In making metadata open access, standards for schemes and protocols are needed to facilitate interoperability. For open access journals, such as those listed in the DOAJ, providing open access metadata in a form that promotes interoperability is essential for discoverability of their content. This paper investigates what standards exist or are emerging, who within journals is creating the metadata for DOAJ journals, and how are those journals and DOAJ sharing the metadata for articles. Moreover, since creating metadata requires specialized knowledge of both librarians and programmers, it is imperative that journals wanting to publish with OA metadata formulate plans to coordinate these experts and to be sure their efforts are compatible with current standards and protocols.

About Author

Lisa Eve Cheby is a teacher librarian in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University and is an MLIS candidate at San Jose State University. She is the recipient of the SJSU iSchool Award for Excellence in Innovation, the Robert Ellett Scholarship, and the SJSU SLIS Friends and Alumni Scholarship. She is currently researching the use of technology in information literacy instruction in secondary schools and is published in Knowledge Quest.