ASPENSI’s Journals are in Accordance with DOAJ Policy


Dear, sir/madam.

We’d like to inform you that the scientific journals published by ASPENSI (Asosiasi Sarjana Pendidikan Sejarah Indonesia or Association of Indonesian Scholars of History Education) in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia is categorized as Open Access Journals. It is in line with the policy and guidelines from DOAS (Directory of Open Access Journals) institution in Europe.

Left: One of the journal cover published by ASPENSI in Bandung.

For further information about the DOAS, you are able to read as follows:

Aim & Scope

The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.

Definitions on the Open Access Journal

We define open access journals as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the BOAI definition of “open access”, we take the right of users to “read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles” as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory.

Quality Control: The journal must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control to be included.

Research Journal: Journals that report primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community.

Periodical: A serial appearing or intended to appear indefinitely at regular intervals, generally more frequently than annually, each issue of which is numbered or dated consecutively and normally contains separate articles, stories, or other writings.

Selection Criteria:

Coverage: (1) Subject: all scientific and scholarly subjects are covered; (2) Types of resource: scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers in full text; (3) Acceptable sources: academic, government, commercial, non-profit private sources are all acceptable; (4) Level: the target group for included journals should be primarily researchers; (5) Content: a substantive part of the journal should consist of research papers. All content should be available in full text; and (6) All languages.

Access: (1) All content freely available; (2) Registration: Free user registration online is acceptable; and (3) Open Access without delay, e.g. no embargo period.

Quality: For a journal to be included it should exercise quality control on submitted papers through an editor, editorial board and/or a peer-review system.

Periodical: The journal should have an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number.

Metadata Information

Resources will be catalogued on journal title level. To make article level content searchable in the system, journal owners are encouraged to supply us with article metadata when a journal has been added into the directory. If you are a journal owner and have not received this information, please contact us.

Project Background

The proliferation of freely accessible online journals, the development of subject specific pre- and e-print archives and collections of learning objects provides a very valuable supplement of scientific knowledge to the existing types of published scientific information (books, journals, databases etc.). However these valuable collections are difficult to overview and integrate in the library and information services provided by libraries for their user constituency.

At the First Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication in Lund/Copenhagen, the idea of creating a comprehensive directory of Open Access Journals was discussed. The conclusion was that it would be a valuable service for the global research and education community. Open Society Institute (OSI) supported the initial project work.

Available technologies make it possible to collect and organize these resources in a way that allow libraries worldwide to integrate these resources in existing services thus offering added value both for the service providers of these resources and for the global research and education community.


Notice: This information is available at: [accessed in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia: 6 March 2012].

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  1. According to Dikti, if the scientific journals have no websites and not also implemented the Open Access Journal policy, so it is categorized as “jurnal abal-abal” or “jurnal bodong”. The later journals are suitable for the plagiarists in publishing their working papers.


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