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Free Indexing Competition

Publishing can be a big, expensive business operation. Or, it can be done on a small-scale by research communities themselves – by researchers for researchers. For very specialist topics and small research communities, sometimes it just makes sense to do it yourself and there are wide range of journals that offer a formal peer review process, editorial oversight, publishing services and Creative Commons Open Access (OA) licenses to authors but still charge no APCs (article processing charges).

To support these great efforts, ScienceOpen is offering free indexing for up to 5 APC-free OA journals per month. The best candidate(s) will join the winners of all the previous highly successful rounds, and receive a free journal collection page for 1 year. By working with ScienceOpen, publishers benefit from increased visibility, usage and branding for their content. By getting indexed on ScienceOpen, you:

  • Reach new audiences and maximize your readership
  • Drive more usage to your articles
  • Build your journal brand
  • Upload your content to a unique search/discovery and communication platform
  • Open up the context of your content

In order to qualify for our free indexing offer your journal must meet the following requirements, all of which contribute to enhancing the visibility and discoverability of your content.

Be indexed in DOAJ and without publication charges

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists over 9000 open access scholarly journals meeting certain quality standards. Listing in DOAJ is a requirement for the ScienceOpen free indexing program to assure high quality articles from an editorial standpoint. Furthermore, having DOAJ IDs also eases the indexing procedure significantly. With your articles registered in DOAJ, the only thing you have to do is to check there are no APC or other publication charges and to send ScienceOpen a list of the DOAJ ID-s for each article record and your content will be indexed in no time.

Go for more and add your DOIs too

Registering your DOIs in CrossRef is an easy way to put your articles on the map of scientific communication in the digital world. Assigning DOIs to your articles and integrating them to the common system of scholarly reference linking makes your content:

  • Trackable and easily identifiable
  • Easier to find, cite, and link
  • Easier to assess and follow up measures of re-use
  • Interconnected with other records of scholarly communication and impact assessment

All these features enhance discoverability of and drive more traffic to your articles, and these are key factors in the current state of academic publishing. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of Crossref, we would be happy to point you in the right direction. Your content is too valuable to publish it into a vacuum.

(Sources: DOI and CrossRef)

The trackability of DOIs also allows us to monitor your Altmetric scores both at collection and article levels. Based on all this, our suggestion for DOAJ members with DOIs registered to CrossRef is to submit a DOI list to enjoy the benefits of cross referencing. For publishers with a medical profile: working with your PMC and PubMed IDs have the same benefits and are also hassle-free ways of indexing.

Go pro: maximize your context and readership by adding references

Having conventionalized and persistent identifiers like DOIs or DOAJ IDs are without doubt big steps forward in enhancing the visibility and trackability of your content. However, it is references which have the real potential to integrate and link your articles into our corpus of more than 33 million article records. This is why ScienceOpen supports the Initiative for Open Citations.

For each reference, we create a new article record that refers back to the seed article, so they are all driving traffic to that article in question. These are like paths connecting readers to articles and interconnecting with other nodes of our semantic research network. In the end, it is this web of references that creates a structured network from our dynamically expanding corpus. Embedding your articles into our citation and recommendation network through references adds a new dimension to research context and thus grants your content the privilege of better visibility and higher citation frequency.

And how does it work in practice? We achieve this by using JATS Archive 1.0 and JATS Publishing 3.0 article XML files as data sources. This format has the serious advantage of containing easily extractable citation information, on the basis of which we pull out references, and interconnect them with the relevant nodes in our research network.

In sum, we either prefer to work with your DOIs, DOAJ/PubMed/PMC ID-s or with JATS article XMLs. The infographics below summarize and help you to find the best solution for indexing your articles. To apply for the next round, an application form can be found here. Fill it out, and submit to our team. It only takes 5 minutes!