Many thanks for this, Lars. I believe your answer is excellent and full of good common sense. DOAJ is about OA scholarly publishing quality, not about putting pressure on potentially tyrannical governments. Given the way some governments are evolving these days, this might even lead to very weird consequences.
Politics does intersect open access, but not quite in the way Heather suggests. Best, Jean-Claude Guédon On 2019-08-15 8:55 a.m., Lars Bjørnshauge wrote: Hello Heather, We agree that “Achieving the goals of the movement requires critical reflection and occasional changes in policy and procedure”. Over the years DOAJ has done this, listening to the changed and increasing demands from the community, for instance when in 2014 we implemented substantially stronger criteria for inclusion which were based on extensive feedback from the community: https://blog.doaj.org/2019/08/05/myth-busting-doaj-indexes-predatory-journals/ Earlier today we responded to your statement that we reject open access journals that would be "suitable venues for critics of the despotic government”. DOAJ wants to index good quality open access journals, but they must apply and meet the selection criteria in order to be included. We might also discuss the issue about “despotic governments”, but currently we would find it very hard to 1) create selection criteria for DOAJ defining what constitutes a journal sponsored by a “despotic government” and 2) agree on a list of such governments. Best Lars Bjørnshauge Managing Director DOAJ On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 8:08 AM Heather Morrison <heather.morri...@uottawa.ca<mailto:heather.morri...@uottawa.ca>> wrote: As any movement grows and flourishes, decisions made will turn out to have unforeseen consequences. Achieving the goals of the movement requires critical reflection and occasional changes in policy and procedure.The purpose of this post is to point out that the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) appears to be inadvertently acting as a handmaiden to at least one despotic government, facilitating dissemination of works subject to censorship and rejecting open access journals that would be suitable venues for critics of the despotic government. There is no blame and no immediately obvious remedy, but solving a problem begins with acknowledging that a problem exists and inviting discussion of how to avoid and solve the problem. OA friends, please consider this such an invitation. Sustaining the knowledge commons full post: https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2019/08/14/doaj-handmaiden-to-despots-or-oa-we-need-to-talk/ best, Dr. Heather Morrison Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa Professeur Agrégé, École des Sciences de l'Information, Université d'Ottawa Principal Investigator, Sustaining the Knowledge Commons, a SSHRC Insight Project sustainingknowledgecommons.org<http://sustainingknowledgecommons.org> heather.morri...@uottawa.ca<mailto:heather.morri...@uottawa.ca> https://uniweb.uottawa.ca/?lang=en#/members/706 _______________________________________________ GOAL mailing list GOAL@eprints.org<mailto:GOAL@eprints.org> http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/goal -- Lars Bjørnshauge Managing Director DOAJ (www.doaj.org<http://www.doaj.org>) mobile phone: +45 53 51 06 03 Skype-Id: lbj-lub0603 - Twitter: elbjoern0603 e.mail: e<mailto:l...@arl.org>lbjoern0...@gmail.com<mailto:lbjoern0...@gmail.com> _______________________________________________ GOAL mailing list GOAL@eprints.org<mailto:GOAL@eprints.org> http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/goal
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