Indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals
The UMass Amherst Libraries announce that communication+1, the open access journal hosted by the institutional repository for UMass Amherst, Scholarworks, is now being indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the internationally recognized directory of high quality, peer-reviewed open access journals.
The inclusion of communication+1 in the DOAJ will expand its reach into more traditional scholarly communication circles such as Thomson Reuters and Scopus.
“It is a meaningful step forward for communication+1 to be indexed by DOAJ. I see this as a sign of confirmation for the vision we had when we started the project,” says Briankle G. Chang, editor-in-chief.
The aim of communication +1, which has been housed in Scholarworks since 2012, is to promote new approaches to and open new horizons in the study of communication from an interdisciplinary perspective. The journal is particularly committed to promoting research that seeks to constitute new areas of inquiry and to explore new frontiers of theoretical activities linking the study of communication to both established and emerging research programs in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.
Other than the commitment to rigorous scholarship, communication +1 sets no specific agenda. Its primary objective is to create a space for thoughtful experiments and for communicating these experiments. As an open access journal, communication +1’s content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users may read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.
“communication +1 is an excellent example of the partnership that the UMass Amherst Libraries and faculty can engage in to foster open collaborative scholarship,” says Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian. “I applaud the vision that Briankle provided in the creation of this journal and the tenacity that Zachary J. McDowell brought as the managing editor to get this work recognized in the Directory of Open Access Journals.”
DOAJ was founded following the Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication in 2002 and maintained initially by Lund University. The Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS40A) took over management of the Directory in January of 2013. The goal of the Directory is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.
“This is a tremendous milestone and significant achievement for communication + 1.” Says Erica Scharrer, Chair of the UMass Amherst Department of Communication, “The success of the journal is testament to the hard work and expertise of the editorial staff and clearly demonstrates the demand for and relevance of high-quality Communication scholarship in today’s world.”