DOAJ included as an accredited DHET List from 2021

DOAJ included as an accredited DHET List from 2021

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. This is in addition to six other lists already accredited by the DHET (DHET List, Norwegian List Level 1, Web of Science, Scopus, SciELO SA, IBSS and now also DOAJ). The adoption of DOAJ as an accredited list is regarded as a huge milestone for Open Access and the advancement thereof in South Africa. According to the DHET Research Outputs policy of 2015, DHET 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 highlighted during this webinar, presented by Dr Tom Olijhoek, DOAJ Editor-in-Chief, on 25 February 2021. The webinar was attended by 231 of the 500 registrants, and the recording was shared globally.

The recorded webinar can be accessed here, while the slides can be accessed here. Read the media release by the Directory of Open Access Journals, and also an article by University World News.

Academia (scientists, researchers), authors and journal editors are encouraged to consult with their institutional librarians, or contact ina@assaf.org.za for any DOAJ related inquiries.