EIFL support improves OA publishing in Serbia | EIFL
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"Visibility of Serbian research has improved significantly as a result of an EIFL-supported project, according to results of a survey completed in January 2018. The survey, of 236 scholarly journals (out of about 400 open access scholarly journals published in Serbia) was conducted to assess improvements in open access policies and publishing practices in Serbia. It followed a project funded by EIFL and implemented by the Serbian Library Consortium for Coordinated Acquisition (KoBSON) and the National Library of Serbia in 2016/17. The project raised awareness of editors and publishers about the benefits of OA publishing; conducted technical workshops on the free and open source publishing platform Online Journal Systems (OJS); created templates for journal policies and offered a helpdesk for publishers and editors who were ready to implement changes. At the outset of the project in 2016, KoBSON surveyed scholarly journals to find out about their publishing and editorial policies and practices. It found technical inadequacies in online publishing that decreased visibility and obstructed searchability of OA journals. It also found that many journals were not aware of their OA status and did not have clear OA policies. As a result, journal indexing services like the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), were refusing to list Serbian journals, or were removing them, because they did not meet the required quality standards. The 2018 survey shows a dramatic improvement in OA publishing in Serbia and by January 2018, there were 133 Serbian journals listed in the DOAJ - more than had ever been listed before...."