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May 19, 2003 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Directory of Open Access Journals Is Launched

Lund University Libraries (Lund, Sweden) has launched the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ,, supported by the Information Program of the Open Society Institute (, along with SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, The directory contains information about 350 open access journals, i.e., quality-controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the Web. The service will continue to grow as new journals are identified.

The goal of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and accessibility of open access scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The directory aims to cover comprehensively all open access scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality-control system. Journals in all languages and subject areas will be included in the DOAJ.

The database records will be freely available for reuse in other services and can be harvested by using the OAI-PMH (, thus further increasing the visibility of the journals. The further development of DOAJ will continue with version 2, which will allow the journals to be searched at the article level. This is expected to be available in late fall 2003.

Source: Lund University Libraries

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