Journal progress update

This post is a summary of a slightly longer piece that was published in Physiospot earlier this year.

Earlier this year we successfully applied for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which means that we will hopefully see an increase in article and journal discovery since DOAJ is an important index for open access journals. We will also soon be working on the technical changes required for inclusion in the Google Scholar database before moving on to PubMed, for example.

Another milestone is that we can now generate DOIs, which are used to identify academic, professional, and government information, including research data, articles, datasets, and metadata. They’re therefore quite important for citation purposes because they group a lot of information about a digital creation within a unique identifier. While journals can publish articles without DOIs, having them creates an additional level of trust for authors. We’re in the process of retrofitting all of our accepted articles and peer reviews with DOIs.

As part of the retrospective updating of articles with DOIs, we’re also going to be adding more explicit licensing information to both the PDF and web versions of our publications. All OpenPhysio articles are automatically licensed with the CC BY 4.0 copyright license , which means that anyone can use the articles for any purpose as long as they provide attribution to the original creator. However, unlike most journals, OpenPhysio doesn’t require that authors sign over their intellectual property to the journal, which means that authors retain the right to host their articles anywhere, to share them with anyone, and to do anything they want with them.

And finally, we’ve set up the technical infrastructure to publish podcasts through the journal website. These will be short, informal conversations with some of the authors who have published with OpenPhysio. It’s not going to be a short version of the article but will instead dig deeper into the rationale behind the article, as well as some of the decision-making that went into the process. We’ve recorded two conversations and will hopefully be posting those shortly.


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