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Re: How many (peer reveiwed) journals are there?
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- Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 18:28:11 EST
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In United States research universities and colleges, a great deal of library support to faculty consists of assisting junior faculty in attaining tenure, through the writing of articles for a tenure portfolio. In U.S. research universities and colleges, articles published in non-peer-reviewed (albeit edited) journals are ascribed much less value in a tenure portfolio than are articles published in peer-reviewed journals. That is, for U.S. scholars and academic librarians, editorial control is not equivalent to peer-review. Accordingly, knowing which scholarly journals are peer-reviewed is extremely important to U.S. scholars-- both the junior faculty who are the heaviest library users, and the senior faculty who assess their tenure portfolios and so need to know which journals are peer-reviewed--and the librarians who assist them. Currently, to obtain key information about a scholarly journal, U.S. scholars and academic librarians need to use multiple reference sources: DOAJ (or the journal's Website) to determine open access status, and Ulrich's (or the journal's Website) to determine peer review status. Ulrich's does not consistently list OA information, and searching a journal's Website is often inefficient because journal information on such a site is usually scattered and often incomplete. A single reference source other than a journal's Website and listing both OA and peer review information would lower search costs for U.S. scholars and academic librarians. DOAJ would thus substantially enhance its value to U.S. scholars and academic librarians, allowing them to rely often on a single reference source for key journal information, if DOAJ records stated whether journals were peer-reviewed. Respecting ISSN, that alone doesn't seem to be adequate to identify a scholarly journal, since most non-scholarly periodicals in general distribution have ISSNs. ISBD appears to define "journal" in our sense as a "learned periodical," that is, a publication issued in successive parts and more frequently than annually, and intended to continue indefinitely, that is "learned." ISBD does not define "learned", however, so the ISBD definition is incomplete. I don't currently have access to AACR2 or CONSER documentation, and so can't assess definitions in those works. It seems we need to rely on the research of Sally Morris and Michael Mabe and their colleagues for a definition of "journal" in our sense. Robert C. Richards, Jr., J.D.*, M.A., M.S.L.I.S. Philadelphia, PA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org * Admitted to practice in New York only. -------------- Original message -------------- From: "Anna-Lena Johansson" <Anna-Lena.Johansson@lub.lu.se> > 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 > http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=3DloadTempl&templ=3Dabout#criteria > > Anna-Lena Johansson > Librarian > Lund University Libraries, Head Office > email@example.com > www.doaj.org