The UMass Amherst Libraries has announced that communication+1, the open access journal hosted by the institutional repository for UMass Amherst, Scholarworks, is 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 DAOJ. 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.
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 users or their 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 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.”
“This is a tremendous milestone and significant achievement for communication + 1,” says Erica Scharrer, chair of the 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.”