10.11. What kind of external information is added to ROAD records?

ISSN records are enriched by information extracted from indexing and abstracting databases, directories (DOAJ, Latindex, The Keepers registry) and journals indicators (Scopus). [See the list of Data Sources: https://portal.issn.org/node/91]

 

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10.10. What is not available to ROAD free users compared to subscribing users?

ISSN Portal (as a subscribing user)

ROAD (as a free user)

Advanced, expert or refined search by indexing service (field 510)

Simple search by indexing service (index “All”)

Expert search & Browse search

 

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10.9. What are ROAD specific features?

Open access resources are accessible without any barriers, so the ROAD interface as well as the search and display functionalities take back some features accessible to subscribing users.
 

- ROAD search pages are limited to ISSN records describing open access resources,
 

- The results pages and the ISSN records are viewed from the ISSN portal,
 

- A ROAD logo indicates that the resource described is in open access.
 

- As a ROAD free user, you can access functionalities reserved to subscribing users:
 

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10.8. As a corporate user of the ISSN portal, may I ask for any inclusion in ROAD for a resource that does not belong to me?

No, we can only process the modification requests:

-      issued by the publisher of the resource or issued by the subscribers of the ISSN Portal;  

-      and/or concerning the URL of the resource or a typo to be corrected.

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10.7. As a publisher, how to ask for any inclusion in ROAD for my resource?

As a publisher, you wish to have your resource signalled as open access and integrated to ROAD.
 

10.7.1. Your publication has already an e-ISSN

This request will be dealt as any modification request. [See section 6.1 How to report an error or request an update on a record?]

Please note you have to be registered on the Extranet as a publisher, then you must claim for the resource and request a modification through the Report an error function.

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10.6 What are the inclusion criteria for a resource to be referenced in ROAD?

     -   Open access to the whole content: no moving wall, no hybrid journals;
 

     -   The content should be research papers addressed to researchers and scholars;
 

     -   Each journal should have at least 5 articles per issue.

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10.5. What about ROAD usage?

ROAD is mostly used to identify OA resources and to access bibliographic description of these publications, but also to discover unpublished material lying in academic repositories. ROAD is mainly used by library and information specialists (45 %) for metadata re-use, and by scholars (35%) for research purposes.

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10.4.What is the purpose of ROAD?

To provide information about the quality and prominence of OA resources, mentioning by which services they are covered.

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10.3. Which type of data is available from ROAD records?

Complete ISSN data about open access scholarly publications included in ROAD (Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources) are accessible for free via the Free Access Portal.

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10.2 Which types of resources can I find in ROAD?

As the ISSN network covers the whole world and identifies any type of continuous resources, the geographic and linguistic coverages of ROAD aim to be comprehensive.

 

There are 5 types of multidisciplinary, open access resources in ROAD: there are mostly journals, but also monographic series, scholarly blogs, academic repositories and conferences proceedings.

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