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WorkspaceDOA: A Workspace for Diamond OA Collaboration and Capacity Building

It is crucial to coordinate efforts to preserve and strengthen science as a common and global public good, more than ever…

Redalyc, a platform that begun in 2003, has been working for non-commercial Open Access journals to raise quality and to increase the visibility and discoverability of journal articles. Since 2016, it also provides editorial workflow technology and XML JATS generation.

Currently, the Redalyc collection holds more than 1.500 diamond OA journals with about 800.000 full-text articles available to download. More than a half of those journals use the XML JATS services to have XML, but also to generate PDF, HTML, ePUB articles’ formats. Such services and the following ones have been provided by Redalyc.

AmeliCA, on the other hand, has been working in collaboration with CLACSO, UNESCO, and dozens of universities to preserve the non-commercial model of communication of science that prevails in the Latin American region. Now, AmeliCA is working in a South – South collaboration with some countries of Africa in order to strengthen this emergent approach in the continent.

Currently, aware of exclusionary context that has been growing as a result of the establishment of the APC business model worldwide as move to Open Access, it is crucial to coordinate efforts to preserve and consolidate the non-commercial approach so that science as a common and global public good has an opportunity to thrive.

That is why Redalyc and AmeliCA announces the creation of Workspace for Diamond OA (WorkspaceDOA), a collective effort to support Diamond Open Access journals worldwide. From strong, consolidated, experienced and skilful Diamond OA journals to isolated and developing efforts will be benefited from this. A coordinated project that will integrate the current Redalyc and AmeliCA services and additional ones such as digital preservation, PID and more customized tracking of journals according to their needs.

The following are the strategies being address by WorkspaceDOA:

  1. Quality improvement.

Assess quality and provide feedback until the quality level is reached

  • Peer review (transparency of the process, indicators)
  • Editorial criteria
  • Openness criteria
  • Technological capabilities
  • Interoperability criteria
  • Professionalization of editorial staffs

  1. Sustainability of non-APC model.

Avoid APC adoption / Flip from APC to non-APC

  • Editorial workflow technology to lower production costs
  • Tools to trace the gain in visibility, impact and recognition
  • Tools to show the journal effect as a community building agent
  • Software for journals to take the scientific output back to institutions
  • Persistent Identifiers (PIDs)

  1. Show the contribution of Diamond OA in research assessment.

Equipping Diamond OA to regain its place in the research assessment landscape

  • Data normalization
  • Available data sources for comprehensive research assessment
  • Responsible metrics
  • Qualitative insights of its contribution to the communicaition of science

  1. Strengthening capabilities

Outreach, visibility and preservation

  • Interoperability standards
  • Integration with Green OA
  • Digital preservation
  • Multilingualism
  • Discoverability
  • OAI-PMH for journals
  • RSS channels for journals
  • DOAJ integration
  • Search engine optimization
  • Integration to libraries, aggregators, indexes and more.

If your journal is in one or more of the following circumstances, please feel free to contact us. We will be doing an extra effort to help you.

  1. A Diamond OA journal with critical sustainability problems, struggling to have either PIDs, XML JATS, digital preservation or quality.
  2. A journal willing to flip from APC to non-APC (the elimination of author fees).
  3. A Diamond OA journal looking for raising the quality, improving technical and editorial standards and increasing visibility.
  4. A Diamond OA journal from any African country.

This is possible, thanks to the support of Arcadia, dozens of institutions which cooperated through SCOSS, hundreds of journal publishing institutions, UNESCO and of course thanks to the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, main supporter of these initiatives.