Developing an Open Access Journals Toolkit





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We worked with OASPA and DOAJ to develop the Open Access Journals Toolkit, alongside an Editorial Board comprising 12 international experts.

OA Journals Toolkit | Research Consulting

We supported the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to manage the development of the Open Access (OA) Journals Toolkit – an online resource designed to support OA journals of all shapes and sizes.

In close collaboration with OASPA and DOAJ, we worked together to ensure that the Toolkit website and its content were designed with a shared vision in mind. To build the Toolkit and its contents, we recruited a diverse Editorial Board comprising 12 international experts. Working closely with this group, we orchestrated the preparation of Toolkit contents as well as quality assurance, making use of innovative AI tools to ensure consistency and coherence in the writing.

To deliver this work, we collaborated with web developers, Studio Seventeen, to design an accessible and user-friendly website that would meet the requirements of a range of users across the scholarly communications landscape. The Toolkit is available in English and French, and OASPA and DOAJ intend to translate the Toolkit into other United Nations languages, reflecting the increasing diversity of the scholarly record.

The Toolkit is available to view online at and can also be downloaded as a static resource from the dedicated Zenodo community.

On behalf of OASPA and DOAJ, I can say that we’ve been really delighted with the work Research Consulting have done for us. They helped us develop a workable schedule and have really driven the project, keeping momentum going throughout and completing everything we’ve asked for to a high standard. They’ve made sure that we’ve been regularly kept informed of progress and that we’ve have enough time to make key decisions every step of the way. Add to that they are great people and a genuine pleasure to work with!Claire Redhead, Executive Director, OASPA