An overview of the use of DOAJ by different stakeholders: researchers, funders, librarians and publishers and their specific needs

You are invited to the following webinar, hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in collaboration with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) An overview of the use of DOAJ by different stakeholders: researchers, funders, librarians and publishers and their specific needs.


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About the webinar

A recent development in the South African scholarly landscape was the addition of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) by the SA Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), as part of its accredited lists. Read the DOAJ Press Release.  This is in addition to other lists already accredited by the DHET. According to the DHET Research Outputs policy of 2015, the Department of Higher Education and Training will subsidise articles published in journals listed in the approved lists.

The DOAJ is a website that hosts a community-curated list of open access journals, and is maintained by Infrastructure Services for Open Access. High quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals are indexed through this directory, following a strict evaluation process by scholarly publishing and subject experts.

The DOAJ website was recently updated, and new features and functionalities were made available to its users. This webinar aims to cover the following:

  • Overview & benefits of DOAJ for different types of users
  • Navigating your way through the DOAJ website (e.g. for authors (researchers/scientists) looking for a high quality OA journal to publish with, or for funders, project managers, other)
  • Apply for inclusion of a journal title within DOAJ (for editors, journal managers)
  • Registering metadata with DOAJ (journal managers)
  • Users interested in DOAJ in general, e.g. librarians

Webinar details

Date: 25 February 2021, Thursday

Time: 11:00-12:00 SAST (please join around 10:45 and test your sound and connection)

Register: (please RSVP by 23 Feb. 2021)

Venue: Virtual via Zoom (Zoom address to be shared on registration)


Presented by Dr Tom Olyhoek

Tom Olyhoek has been living and working in Africa during many years. After obtaining his PhD in molecular microbiology from Amsterdam University (1982) he has been at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin for 7 years. He has spent seven years in Kenya and Algeria doing research on malaria, sleeping sickness and meningococcal epidemics. Since 2012 he is advocating open access and open science as Open Access working group coordinator for Open Knowledge International. In 2013 he became a member of the (DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) advisory board who were instrumental in redefining the criteria for being indexed in DOAJ. Since 2014 he is Editor in Chief at the DOAJ. From jan 2018 his main task has been the managing of the global DOAJ ambassador program and global outreach activities including connecting to other open communities like the Creative Commons Global Network and OCSD Net. From 2019-2021 the program has a special focus on Africa. He is also a member of the programming committee of Force11 where he teaches at the yearly Force11 Summer School on the topic of how to evaluate scientific quality for journals, articles and individual scholars. His current research interests are, copyright and licensing in open access publishing, development of new ways to assess the quality of scholars and scholarly works and follow research in the area of soil microbiology in relation to soil health and human health (microbiome research).