7. Dissemination and valorisation

The publication, especially in the open access context, must not only represent a final goal, but it is at the same time the starting point of a path of enhancement and dissemination of your work, aimed at reaching the widest audience and having an impact in the scientific community and get citations.

The phase immediately following publication is the production and dissemination of the metadata. ECF uses a series of highly qualified tools in the open access academic publishing sector.

Crossref and DOI
ECF is member of Crossref, a non-profit organisation that runs a registry of metadata and DOIs, and involves staff, board, working groups, and committees as well as a broad range of collaborators, users, and supporters in the wider scholarly communications community. Together, we are all working toward the same goal – to enhance scholarly communications. Everything is designed to put scholarly content in context so that the content members publish can be found, cited, used, and re-used.

Crossref makes research outputs easy to find, cite, link, and assess, and exists to make scholarly communications better.
Crossref helps increase discoverability and create persistent links between research outputs such as articles, books, references, data, components, versions, and more. Crossref members send their metadata – which include fields such as dates, titles, authors, affiliations, etc. – to Crossref, together with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), which allows to always retrieve an object even if the website changes.

Through Crossref, members are distributing their metadata downstream, making it available to numerous systems and organisations that together help credit and cite the work, track outcomes and activity, and more.

You can find more information here: https://www.crossref.org/about/.

An initiative to open up citation data

As a Crossref member, ECF participates to the i4oc initiative.

The aim of this initiative is to promote the availability of data on citations that are structured, separable, and open.

This means that the metadata associated with our publication are freely accessible and reusable; they describe each of our publications and every instance of citation in common, machine-readable and programmatically accessible formats, without the need to access the source bibliographic products.

Directory of Open Access Journals

ECF systematically indexes all its journals in DOAJ.

DOAJ is an independent index that contains almost 17,500 peer-reviewed, open access journals, from all countries and in all languages, covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities.

DOAJ’s mission is to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language. DOAJ works with editors, publishers and journal owners to help them understand the value of best practice publishing and standards, and to apply those to their own operations. DOAJ is committed to being 100% independent and maintaining its primary services and metadata as free to use or reuse for everyone.

ECF has obtained for its journals the DOAJ Seal that is awarded to journals that demonstrate best practice in open access publishing, long term preservation, use of persistent identifiers, discoverability, reuse policies and authors' rights.

Around 10% of all journals indexed in DOAJ have been awarded the Seal.

European Reference Index for the Humanities

ECF systematically indexes all its journals in ERIH PLUS.

ERIH PLUS is an index holding bibliographic information on academic journals in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The aim of the index is to increase visibility, searchability and availability of the published contents. ERIH PLUS is an online service, and it grants updated data on European journals. The main target group of the index are researchers and research within a European framework.

Scopus and other indexes

The publishing methods of ECF comply in accordance with the requirements of Scopus. Thanks to it, our journals are systematically eligible for Scopus, and currently many of them have been accepted and indexed.

This line of conduct is also held by ECF with regard to specialist and sectoral indices in the various research ambitions to which the journals are nominated, in accordance with the indications of the specific scientific directions.