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Building a Directory of Fully Open Access Journals with Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Mind

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29-10-2021 12:00 PM

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29-10-2021 12:30 PM

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The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) seeks to be the definitive place to find peer-reviewed, open access journals. Its metadata and services are free and it is community-aligned and not-for-profit. Since its services and metadata are provided at no cost to journal publishers, platforms, aggregators, discovery services, and search engines, it needs to cover its operational costs from the various parties it serves. DOAJ, as a matter of principle, seeks to have 80% of such support come from the community of libraries, and other academic and research institutions. For that to make sense, it's fair to ask, "Does a shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion actually result in concrete benefits that might be absent were it not for those shared values?"

This presentation by one of DOAJ's Ambassadors for N. America (John Dove) and the Continuing Resources Graduate Assistant at University of Maryland Libraries (Cara Forster) will look at the ways in which certain benefits of the work of DOAJ are behind the scenes and so escape notice. Yet without DOAJ's alignment with the mission of libraries, these things might not happen and biases which are prevalent in the scholarly communication process could go unchallenged.

This is part of an on-going discussion into the ways in which DOAJ and other community-driven infrastructure providers benefit universities without the libraries or anyone else being aware of it. We hope the discussion will reveal why the commitment to diversity and inclusion needs to be part of our shared values.

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Oct 29th, 12:00 PM Oct 29th, 12:30 PM

Building a Directory of Fully Open Access Journals with Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Mind

Abstract:

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) seeks to be the definitive place to find peer-reviewed, open access journals. Its metadata and services are free and it is community-aligned and not-for-profit. Since its services and metadata are provided at no cost to journal publishers, platforms, aggregators, discovery services, and search engines, it needs to cover its operational costs from the various parties it serves. DOAJ, as a matter of principle, seeks to have 80% of such support come from the community of libraries, and other academic and research institutions. For that to make sense, it's fair to ask, "Does a shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion actually result in concrete benefits that might be absent were it not for those shared values?"

This presentation by one of DOAJ's Ambassadors for N. America (John Dove) and the Continuing Resources Graduate Assistant at University of Maryland Libraries (Cara Forster) will look at the ways in which certain benefits of the work of DOAJ are behind the scenes and so escape notice. Yet without DOAJ's alignment with the mission of libraries, these things might not happen and biases which are prevalent in the scholarly communication process could go unchallenged.

This is part of an on-going discussion into the ways in which DOAJ and other community-driven infrastructure providers benefit universities without the libraries or anyone else being aware of it. We hope the discussion will reveal why the commitment to diversity and inclusion needs to be part of our shared values.