The Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) framework, developed and now being implemented by African Journals Online (AJOL) and INASP has been chosen as a finalist for the 2018 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing.
JPPS was developed in response to the challenges that journals in the developing world face in becoming known and respected in the international research landscape. It provides detailed assessment criteria for the quality of publishing practices of Global South journals.
The framework has been used to assess more than 900 journals published in the Global South across six national and regional Journals Online (JOL) platforms.
The JPPS levels, which are displayed on the journals’ pages on the JOLs as well as on the official JPPS site (www.journalquality.info), reassure readers and authors that journals meet an internationally recognized set of criteria. The detailed feedback from the JPPS assessment guides editors on ways to improve their publishing practices and standards acknowledges journals that have attained internationally recognized publishing standards.
In addition, INASP and AJOL work with journal editors and editorial boards to build capacity and knowledge in international publishing standards and the JPPS. Face-to-face training, mentoring support and online training using courses and materials have been developed specifically for journal editors working in developing-country contexts.
The ALPSP Awards recognize new developments, products, services, launches or projects that demonstrate excellence in terms of originality and innovation, significance and value to its community, utility and long-term viability. As a finalist, someone from the JPPS team will present a ‘flash session’ about JPPS at the ALPSP international conference in Berkshire, UK on 12-14 September 2018, where the winner of the award will also be announced.
JPPS was one of six projects chosen from 45 submissions.
“We are delighted to be selected as finalists for this award. We see this as recognition of the importance of working towards a more balanced global research system where the importance of the role played by good journals from all countries can be recognised,” said Susan Murray, Executive Director of AJOL.
“We thank ALPSP for this recognition and the opportunity to present at the ALPSP international conference on behalf of the hundreds of journal editors in Africa, Asia and Latin America who asked for an initiative like this and who have embraced JPPS since its launch,” added Sioux Cumming, Programme Specialist at INASP.