Code4Lib Journal Entries in Directory of Open Access Journals

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There are two ways to get metadata into the Directory of Open Access Journals: 1) by hand, or 2) through the use of an XML file. (UPDATE 2014-01-22: DOAJ says, "Until further notice, publishers will only able to upload article metadata to us, using an XML file...Temporarily, publishers will no longer be able to submit metadata to us on an article-by-article basis. If you are unable to produce the XML file, we suggest that you wait until we have reinstated the article-by-article upload feature.") Before you do either method, please keep in mind the following things:

  1. We chose not to have volume numbers, just issue numbers. Issue numbers will just keep incrementing.
  2. We decided that the "record number" for an article is the article-id that shows up in the WordPress URI. That is, they are not sequential, numbers are skipped. That's fine. So there is no 'start page', but there is a 'record number'; there is no 'end page'.
  3. Enter the abstract and authors affiliation exactly as found in our published articles.
  4. Enter keywords if there are any. If not, leave this blank


To use the XML file to do data entry:

  1. make sure the WordPress databases is up-to-date,
  2. go to (replace # with the current issue number) to get the necessary XML. (eg
  3. edit the XML so each author is in a element by themselves,
  4. validate the XML against the Directory's schema,
  5. Go to the URL listed in the article tracking spreadsheet (administrivia tab) and upload the fruits of your labors.

Note: if there are any sub-elements in the XML fields (e.g., HTML tags), the document will not validate. Also of note, Windows often creates character encoding that breaks with UTF-8, throwing an error on validation.

More info about the feed and how to customize the XML for import into DOAJ:

--Eric Lease Morgan 10:42, 28 May 2008 (PDT)