January 17, 2022

Introducing Project Jasper: Preserving Open Access Journals Indexed in DOAJ Forever

From the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ):

Long-term preservation of research resources is of paramount importance for scholarship. Authors want to ensure their contributions to the scholarly record will be permanent. Scholars must be able to access all of the published research in their fields, both now and long into the future. Journals vanishing from the Internet take with them the research they published, eroding humanity’s accumulated knowledge.


This post introduces Project JASPER, a new initiative to preserve open access journals indexed in DOAJ.

There are numerous preservation barriers at present for these publishers that we aim to overcome, and these include: 

  • low awareness among journal owners, editors and publishers about why archiving and preservation are important, and how these differ from back-up and storage.
  • Financial and technical barriers that prevent some journals from taking part in current services. 
  • Practical challenges for digital preservation services that currently would need to communicate with thousands of small publishers all with different practices.

Learn More, Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to JASPER Info Web Page

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.