The Wheat from the Chaff: LocatingHigh Quality OA ResourcesLisa A. MacklinDirector, Scholarly Communications Officelisa.firstname.lastname@example.org @EmoryLibsOA
The challengePromoting open access journals toour faculty while addressingconcerns about the quality ofthese journals.
Evaluating print publicationsn Publisher reputationn Editor reputationn Peer review process conforms to disciplinen Submission guidelinesn Quality of published papersn Impact factor
What’s New with OA?n Business models - authors may becharged, rather than subscribersn Predatory publishersn Opportunity for publishers to charge authors,but not provide qualityn Authors and institutions have an interest inproducing quality publicationsn Vanity presses
A QuestionFaculty member comes to you and asks:“I am considering publishing in an openaccess journal, but I’m concerned that somearen’t very good. How do I find a reputable,quality OA journal in my field?”
DOAJn Directory of Open Access Journals is agood place to start to find OA journals in adiscipline.n Search by Subject, Country, License, andPublication Charges
DOAJ implements criteria & sealn June 2013, DOAJ announces both newcriteria and a seal, and asks for commentsn Criteria is basic criteria for an OA journaln Seal focuses more on degree of opennessthan quality of content
DOAJ Criterian DOAJ considering new criteria:n Provide basic info (title, ISSN, etc.)n Be registered with SHERPA/RoMEOn Have an editorial board with identifiablemembersn Publish at least 5 articles per yearn Allow use and reuse of articles at specifiedlevels
DOAJ Seal of Approvaln DOAJ Seal criteria include:n Provide machine readable copyright infon Provide DOIs at the article leveln Provide metadata to DOAJ at article leveln Have digital archiving/preservationarrangementn Allow use and reuse of articles at specifiedlevels
DOAJ Criteria and Sealn Is the DOAJ criteria comparable with howwe have traditionally evaluated print?n Let’s look at other criteria that we canapply to OA journals . . .
OASPAn Open Access Scholarly PublishersAssociationn Member organization for OA publishersn Members must meet criteria as OA publishersand are expected to follow Code of Conduct
OASPA Code of Conductn Members of OASPA are expected to:n Not bring disrepute to OASPA or OA publishingn Have contact info clearly visiblen Have peer review processn Have editorial board with experts in fieldn Authors fees are stated and easy to findn Direct marketing as appropriaten Instructions for authors is availablen Website demonstrates following high standards
COPEn Committee on Publication Ethicsn Member organization for publishers (not justOA publishers)n Members are expected to:n follow the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishersandn encourage their editors to follow the COPE Codeof Conduct for Journal Editors
COPE – Journal Publishersn Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers:n Define relationship between publisher, editorand others in contractsn Respect privacy (ex. research participants)n Protect intellectual propertyn Foster editorial independence
COPE -- Journal Editorsn Publishers should work with editors to:n Set policies for editorial independence,research ethics, authorship, transparency,peer review, appeals and complaintsn Communicate journal policiesn Maintain integrity of academic recordn Publish corrections, clarifications andretractions
Publisher AssociationsWhat if publisher isn’t a member of eitherOASPA or COPE?
Beall’s List of PredatoryPublishersn List of questionable, scholarly openaccesspublishers compiled by JeffreyBeall at Auraria Library in Denvern Site includes a list by journal title
Beall’s Criterian Beall analyses five areas:n Follow ethical standards like OASPA, COPEn Editor and Staffn Business managementn Integrityn Other/Basic qualityn No copyediting, publishing previously publishedpapers, etc.
Beall’s Listn Publishers/journals on the list are worthyof additional investigation, but best tomake your own judgments
An AnswerFaculty member comes to you and asks:“I am considering publishing in an openaccess journal, but I’m concerned that somearen’t very good. How do I find a reputable,quality OA journal in my field?”How do you answer?
Linksn DOAJ - http://www.doaj.org/n OASPA Code of Conduct -http://oaspa.org/membership/code-of-conduct/n COPE Code of Conduct -http://publicationethics.org/resources/codeconductn Beall’s List of Publishers -http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/