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Thursday 19. March 2015

JSPP passes DOAJ's tightened quality evaluation

The Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) has been accepted for inclusion into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), passing DOAJ's much more rigorous and detailed evaluation procedure which came into effect in March 2015.

In March 2015, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) started a new review process to filter out journals that do not meet the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing. "As Open Access publishing has expanded over the past several years, it has become increasingly important for the scholarly community to be able to judge whether a particular journal is being run in a professional, ethical, and transparent fashion", Paul Peters, a member of the DOAJ's Advisory Board, is quoted in a recent SPARC Blog post.

By updating its application process, the DOAJ aims at helping the research community to identify Open Access journals that are meeting these standards of best practice. As Caralee Adams explains in her Blog post, "the application that must be approved to get into the directory now includes about 50 questions rather than just seven. The questions explore aspects of the journal ranging from the transparency of the journal’s editorial processes to peer review and selection criteria, to plagiarism screening mechanisms, requiring full disclosure on all of these areas before a journal is accepted for inclusion in the DOAJ database."  

Today, we are proud to announce that the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP), published at PsychOpen, has met DOAJ's new rigorous and detailed evaluation criteria and is accepted for inclusion – approving that JSPP is operated according to the standards of best practice in scholarly communication.


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