Newsletter No.3
The DOAJ Ambassadors’ biographies

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes around 10,000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. It is a white list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. To assist libraries and indexers keep their lists up-to-date, they make public a list of journals that have been accepted into or removed from DOAJ. DOAJ was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, however, DOAJ supports global network for Open Access publishing now.

DOAJ is co-author to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (Principles) and DOAJ members are expected to follow these principles as a condition of membership. DOAJ reserves the right to reject applications for membership, or revoke membership if a member or sponsor is found to contravene the Principles.

Publishers must apply for their journal(s) to be indexed in DOAJ and each application is reviewed manually by the editorial team. DOAJ receives approximately 80 new applicants every week.

Youngim Jung : Republic of Korea

Youngim holds a PhD from Pusan National University in Computer Science and Engineering. She is now a Senior Researcher at Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information developing and managing scholarly publishing systems for supporting domestic societies. Previously, she worked for KESLI, the national library consortium in South Korea and contributed herself to establish Korea DOI Center. Youngim has experience in the management of two research projects and in the collaboration with an international organization, COUNTER. She is a committee member of KCSE (Korean Council of Science Editors) and CASE (Council of Asian Science Editors). She has authored publications and communications in the field of Scientometrics, Library Systems and Natural Language Processing. Youngim is one of the three DOAJ ambassadors from South Korea.

Hyun Jung Yi: Republic of Korea

Hyun Jung Yi holds a PhD, a master’s, and a bachelor's degree in Library and Information Science from Chung-Ang University, Korea. She is a librarian at Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Korea. She had participated as a manuscript editor at the official journal published at Hanyang University College of Medicine. Currently, she also serves as a member of the Scholarly Committee at the Korean Medical Library Association and as a vice chair of the Committee of Information Management at the Korean Council of Science Editors. Her interests includes observing trends in the scholarly publishing market, disseminating open access journals, and enhancing the publishing environment for researchers. Hyun Jung is the DOAJ ambassador in Korea.

Sun Huh: Republic of Korea

Sun is a medical doctor and holds a PhD from Seoul National University in parasitology. He has been a Professor of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Korea since 1988. He has worked voluntarily as a board member of Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (1996-2011), Korean Council of Science Editors (2011-present), and Council of Asian Science Editors (2014-present). He has been an editor of Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions since 2005. His interest is focused on parasite genome, adoption of measurement theory to medical health education, and journal consulting. He has been an honorary ambassador since November 2017. He also pursues the registration of all open access journals from Korea to DOAJ with three ambassadors in Korea.

Hea Lim Rhee: Republic of Korea

I am very happy to be a member of the DOAJ ambassadors’ community. I believe my knowledge and experience in publishing, library and information science, and archives and records management programs, both in the United States and South Korea, contribute to my work as a Korean DOAJ ambassador.
I am a senior researcher at Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), which is funded by the Korean government. I am also the managing editor of KISTI’s Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice (JISTaP), the first English journal on informatics in Korea. This international, academic journal, whose launch I led in 2013, is published both electronically and in print. I successfully applied and reapplied for JISTaP to be indexed in the DOAJ. I also successfully applied for JISTaP to be indexed in Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. My next goal for the journal is to have it indexed in Science Citation Index (SCI).
Before KISTI, I worked as a librarian for the Central Library of Ewha Womans University and C. V. Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University, NY, United States, as a librarian intern.
I received my PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and my Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, where I specialized in archives and records management. Before coming to the United States, my major was library and information science in my undergraduate and master’s programs at Ewha Womans University in Korea. Publishing demands coordination of many different people and roles. As managing editor of an international journal, I have a large, expanding network of editors, authors, reviewers, publishers, and others around the world. The journal’s editorial board alone consists of 36 editors from 12 countries. I frequently work with them and others to publish and spread news about JISTaP, sometimes meeting them at international conferences. My other work for KISTI, which partners with many Korean government agencies and other domestic and international organizations, has also allowed me to expand my professional collaborations. I hope to expand my network with other countries’ DOAJ ambassadors. I’d like to meet other countries’ DOAJ ambassadors at meetings, conferences, in their own countries, or in Korea. Anywhere DOAJ needs my efforts, I will do my best to promote the organization.

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Editors : Jinnil Choi, Myeongsoo Lee and Youngim Jung      Published on December 26, 2017

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