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SV: How many (peer reveiwed) journals are there?

DOAJ is not a general directory for periodicals or oa materials,
but a resource solely concentrating on disseminating
scholarly/academic journal content. We do not specify information
about peer-review in DOAJ since ALL journals included in the
directory have either peer-review or editorial control (made by
minimum two persons). This is one of the most important selection
criteria for being listed in DOAJ, please refer to

Anna-Lena Johansson
Lund University Libraries, Head Office

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Subject: Re: How many (peer reveiwed) journals are there?

I just noticed that the records in the Directory of Open Access
<Journals, http://www.doaj.org/> do not appear to state whether
each journal is peer-reviewed.  I think that's unfortunate,
because many scholars and librarians find peer-review information
an extremely important feature of periodical directories; often,
the sole reason for using a periodical directory is to identify
peer reviewed titles.  I would think that many scholars would use
DOAJ not just to identify OA journals in their discipline, but
peer-reviewed OA journals in their discipline, because of the
greater value to the scholar of publishing in a peer-reviewed
journal.  Some scholars may prefer, for various reasons, to
publish in an OA journal, but out of self-interest most scholars
would probably prefer to publish in a peer-reviewed journal, OA
or not.  Similarly, some scholars (and librarians who assist
them) use periodical directories to identify refereeing
opportunities, and if DOAJ lacks peer-review in! formati on, the
directory can't meet this need, even for scholars who prefer to
work with an OA journal.

If in fact DOAJ does not contain peer-review information, I
recommend that DOAJ begin adding that information to its records.
If DOAJ does contain that information, I recommend that they
begin displaying that information and that they revise their
search form to enable users to search for peer-reviewed titles.

Robert C. Richards, Jr., J.D.*, M.A., M.S.L.I.S.
Philadelphia, PA
E-mail: richards1000@comcast.net
* Admitted to practice in New York only