August 13, 2020

Open Journal Matcher

Door: Richard Broekman | Categorie: open access, Spotted

(This contribution is part of our Spotted series. We appreciate your comments.)

In our search for possibly interesting tools and development, we came across Open Journal Matcher. Its approach is simple: enter an abstract and it returns the five open access journals that are most likely to publish related articles.

Screenshot of Open Journal MatcherWhy use this? Well, perhaps you are looking for an Open Access journal to publish your new article in. This way you have five candidates. Possibly even journals you never heard of before.

You can use it for (literature) research as well. Enter the abstract of a top article in your field of interest and see which Open Access journals it returns. Then check out those journals to see what else they publish in this area.

There are some limitations: Open Journal Matcher works for English language abstracts only, and it searches OA journals that are listed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

The software for Open Journal Matcher is written by Mark Eaton and is open source. If you end up improving or expanding the functionality, we would love to hear about it.

This application searches DOAJ journals only and is not associated with any particular publisher. Several commercial publishers offer a similar service to find matching journals from their portfolio. If you are interested in any of those, check out the journal matching solutions from Elsevier, Springer or Wiley.

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