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The ERIC Source Review and Selection Process

The ERIC Source Review and Selection Process
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    - [Erin] Good afternoon, everyone.
    I'm Erin Pollard, the Project Officer for ERIC
    in the Institute of Education Sciences
    in the U.S. Department of Education,
    and I would like to welcome you to our webinar.
    The purpose of this webinar is to help you,
    our publisher community, understand what you need
    to know if you would like to have your journal
    or other materials indexed in ERIC.
    We're going to answer questions,
    such as what kinds of materials does ERIC index?
    What criteria do we use
    to select new sources for indexing,
    and what is our process to review new sources?
    We'll cover these questions and many more today
    in our presentation.
    Before we get started,
    I have just a couple housekeeping items.
    First, we muted everyone to reduce the noise
    during our presentation.
    If you have a question, please enter it
    in the chat box on the side of your screen.
    We will either work the answer into our presentation
    or address it at the end in our Q&A session.
    Also, we are recording this webinar,
    and it'll be available for viewing
    on the ERIC YouTube channel and in the multimedia page
    in a few weeks.
    You will be getting an email to let you know
    when it's online.
    We also close caption the presentation.
    If you want to turn off the captioning,
    please click the X by the media viewer.
    Today you are going to hear from two of us
    on the ERIC team, starting with me.
    I'm going to be providing an introduction
    of ERIC's sponsorship and mission,
    and the wrap-up.
    Next, I am going to turn it over
    to Fern Frusti, our Content Development Lead,
    who will walk you through our process to find,
    review and select new sources,
    and the standard and key criteria applied
    when selecting sources of
    education research content for ERIC.
    Then we will answer questions publishers have
    frequently asked, then we will open up the floor
    to respond to any questions that you may have.
    ERIC operates in a contract
    with AEM Corporation, which is tasked
    with finding education research content
    to meet our Selection Policy,
    creating the records, and sending them
    to the Department to add to the ERIC website.
    As stated in the ERIC Selection Policy,
    the mission of ERIC is to provide access
    to education research in a user-friendly,
    timely and efficient manner.
    To do this, the Department provides
    an easy to search digital library
    The ERIC records contain bibliographic citations,
    abstracts, and thesaurus terms
    for education research materials
    in selected journals, books, and grey literature
    produced by sources such as nonprofit organizations,
    centers, programs, and agencies.
    The current collection has 1.7 million citations
    with approximately 400,000 records
    having full text freely available.
    ERIC is a revenue-neutral program.
    There is no charge to use the collection.
    Users may view the full text attached to an ERIC record
    if permission has been granted by the publisher,
    or use the direct link to the publisher's website.
    There is no charge to the publisher to participate,
    and ERIC does not pay royalties or fees to the publisher.
    Now I'd like to introduce Fern Frusti,
    who's going to walk you through key elements
    of the selection policy and the source review process.
    - [Fern] Thank you, Erin, and good afternoon everyone.
    As Erin said, I'm going to walk you through
    how we review and select sources for ERIC,
    but I thought it would be helpful
    if I first define a few terms that we'll use
    during the webinar.
    Let's begin with publisher and provider.
    Since ERIC indexes a variety of materials,
    we occasionally distinguish publishers
    of printed or digital journals and books
    from providers of other non-journal material,
    such as reports, conference papers,
    briefs, and other grey literature.
    Our journal or book publisher
    may be a large commercial publisher,
    or it may be a professional association
    that produces its own open-access journal.
    Providers tend to be report-producing associations,
    agencies, centers, and other organizations.
    Next is the term source.
    We will be using the word source quite a bit today.
    A journal source is a journal
    that we reviewed and selected for regular,
    ongoing indexing in ERIC.
    For books, the source name is also the book publisher
    or a single imprint with a focus on education research.
    If we are indexing reports or other material,
    we refer to the association or the center
    producing the material as a non-journal source.
    In most cases, the name of a non-journal provider
    is also the name of the non-journal source.
    Content and materials are used interchangeably.
    This refers to the journal article, the book,
    or the report that is indexed.
    ERIC is unique in that in addition
    to indexing journal articles and books,
    we spend quite a bit of time
    locating the more elusive grey literature
    that is produced by nonprofit centers
    that might be funded for only a short period of time,
    and programs.
    Our users know that ERIC will identify,
    collect, and preserve reports, briefs,
    and white papers, for example,
    and make the full text available in ERIC
    if permission is granted by the copyright holder.
    During a review cycle, we consider all aspects,
    the publisher or provider, the source,
    and the material.
    If selected for regular indexing in ERIC,
    the ERIC record will represent the material produced.
    The ERIC Selection Policy is your go-to document
    to find the ERIC mission statement,
    the general collection goals,
    and everything we will cover today,
    how we review and select sources,
    the standard and criteria we use
    to weigh every source during the review process.
    A PDF of the complete document is available by clicking
    the Selection Policy link at the bottom
    of the ERIC website page.
    We periodically review this document
    to make sure it accurately and clearly
    communicates our policies and processes.
    When looking for new sources,
    we consider four overarching goals.
    Every source selected for ERIC must be related
    to one or more of the topic areas
    in the IES authorizing legislation
    and produce education research.
    We will discuss the topic areas further in a minute.
    We also seek to increase the number of sources
    that produce peer-review content
    and increase sources that permit the full text
    to display in ERIC.
    We look for sources that produce material
    that is both rigorous and relevant.
    By rigorous, we mean material
    that presents a research method and approach
    that is reasonable and sound.
    By relevant, we mean material
    that must have a direct bearing
    on the field of education.
    As Erin mentioned, the mission of ERIC is
    to provide broad access to education research,
    so we seek sources with a primary focus
    of producing content that contains education research.
    For an overview of the sources being indexed in ERIC today,
    as of March 1st, we are indexing 1,154 journals.
    There are thousands of education-related journals
    published today, but our goal is to identify
    and index only those with a primary focus
    of education research.
    We are also indexing 802 sources of grey literature
    and book material.
    A list of the journals and non-journal sources
    indexed in ERIC today is available via the links
    at the bottom of the ERIC website.
    So how does ERIC find journals and other sources
    to review for indexing in ERIC?
    The sources are either suggested to us,
    or we've located them.
    We receive a majority of requests for review
    from a journal publisher representative or editor,
    and we also hear from representatives of associations,
    organizations, or centers.
    The publishers providing content indexed in ERIC
    are based in the U.S. and from around the world.
    Some are large publishers, such as SAGE,
    Taylor & Francis, and Wiley,
    and others are small publishers,
    such as a professional association
    or a university college of education
    that publishers their own journal.
    For some, the journal is a commercial product
    that requires a subscription through their website
    for ERIC users to access the full text,
    and an ever-increasing number of journals in ERIC
    are open access.
    Requests for review are also received from researchers,
    librarians, educators, and other ERIC users.
    ERIC has a collection advisory group,
    and they may suggest a new source.
    And of course, the ERIC team is regularly searching
    and identifying new sources to review.
    You may wonder how to suggest a new source.
    Anyone may send an email to
    or use the Contact Us form on the ERIC website.
    In addition to the source name,
    it is helpful to receive your website URL,
    and if you're suggesting a journal,
    the ISSN for us to confirm we're reviewing
    the intended journal.
    We will contact you if we have any questions.
    You do not need to send sample content
    when you suggest a source, however, if needed,
    we may ask you to provide content or temporary online access
    for the purpose of reviewing the content.
    You may wonder what happens when someone suggests
    a new source.
    When we receive a request to review a source,
    we send an email response to acknowledge your request,
    then we add the source name
    to our list of suggested sources that we maintain,
    and the information you provided,
    including the name and contact information of the person
    who sends the request.
    The only action we take immediately is
    to validate or locate the website URL
    to make sure we have a good link to information
    and content for the suggested source.
    Fairly soon after a source has been suggested,
    a staff person will conduct a preliminary review.
    We confirm that the website is in English,
    and if the journal publishes in another language
    as well as English, we validate that at least 80%
    of three recent issues are in English.
    We make sure there is current content
    and record the year of the most recent issue or report.
    We also confirm that the content is education related
    and the type of material produced
    by non-journal sources is acceptable.
    If all of the basic criteria are met,
    we assign the status of Suggested for Review to the source.
    This means that it will move forward
    to be reviewed during the next formal review cycle.
    If the content is a mix of English and another language
    but does not hit the 80% benchmark
    or if the content does not seem current,
    we may assign the status of Watch.
    This means we will conduct a preliminary review again
    in a few months.
    If none of the full text is in English
    or the content is not education related,
    we may assign the status of No Further Review.
    This means that it will not be looked at again
    unless we receive another request to review it.
    We are often asked how long the review process will take.
    The review cycle takes two to three months to complete.
    So for each source it will depend
    on when we receive your suggestion.
    We do not review sources outside of the
    formal review process, and if your source
    is assigned a status of Watch during the preliminary review,
    we may not review it again for six months
    to a year to allow time for you
    to publish two to three more issues
    or several more reports.
    Another question we receive is whether ERIC will consider
    indexing a brand new journal.
    The answer is yes.
    If it is a good fit for ERIC,
    we would like to begin indexing it fairly soon.
    Our working policy is that a minimum of three issues
    have been published and are available
    for the review process.
    If the new journal is only published annually,
    we may review it when two issues are available.
    If you are wondering what type
    of grey literature content we index,
    I would like to refer you to two tables
    in the selection policy.
    The first table is called types of material indexed,
    and the other is types of material not indexed.
    We have tried to make our working policy very clear,
    but please let us know if you have any questions
    about a specific type of material.
    ERIC conducts the formal review process twice a year,
    and it may take up to three months to complete.
    We receive a large number of requests
    and may consider about 200 sources
    during each review cycle.
    We begin by conducting an analysis
    of the current collection.
    How many sources selected during a previous review cycle
    are currently indexed in ERIC?
    How are they contributing to the topic areas?
    This helps us to identify underserved areas,
    and from this point, we can set our collection goals
    for the upcoming review cycle,
    such as a desire to increase peer review sources
    or add more content for a specific topic area.
    Then we visit the source's website
    to gather information that we'll need
    to complete the review.
    If not yet collected, we locate the ISSN,
    a direct link to an archive of content,
    and whether the source has a peer-review process in place.
    We read the aim and scope statement,
    browse the table of contents,
    and read abstracts or full text
    for three to five current journal issues.
    If we find there is a pending name change
    or a move to a new publisher,
    it will not move forward.
    Instead, we change the status
    to Watch and will consider it again
    during the next review cycle.
    For non-journal sources, we read the mission statement
    and review several current reports.
    When we have gathered information
    and reviewed the aim and scope, abstracts,
    and possibly the full text,
    we apply the standard of being relevant
    to one or more education topic areas.
    The topic areas represent the field of education
    and include the 16 topic areas
    that were covered by the former ERIC clearinghouses,
    plus "closing the achievement gap"
    and "educational practices that improve academic achievement
    and promote learning."
    We assign one or more of these topic areas
    to every source, record our observations,
    and determine if the source will move forward
    in the review process or if we'll change the status
    to Watch or No Further Review.
    We do get some requests to review sources
    that have nothing to do with education.
    Once we have confirmed that the suggested source
    meets the standard of being related to education,
    we consider our selection criteria of quality.
    The materials produced by a selected source
    must be complete and usable as presented.
    Working papers may be accepted occasionally,
    provided they are free of tracked changes
    and are not watermarked as drafts.
    For integrity, we must be able to determine
    that the source, for example a journal,
    owns the material and has the right
    to distribute it to us.
    The material must have substantive merit
    in that it addresses the area
    in a professional or definitive way.
    And it must be relevant or important
    to the current issues in the field of education.
    Our next question, once we have determined
    that the primary focus of a journal or center
    is related to the field of education,
    is whether the content contains education research.
    By research, we mean original presentations
    of empirical or data analysis,
    literature reviews or summaries,
    presentations or critiques of theories,
    or logic models that can guide practice.
    We look for content that outlines the methodology used,
    includes analysis of data, well-formed arguments,
    and has a reference list for citations.
    By education research, we mean the field of study
    that examines education and learning processes.
    We look for content that examines effectiveness
    of educational programs, practices, and policies,
    and includes research conducted
    for the purpose of improving the quality of education.
    We often get recommendations for sources
    that contain subject-matter research,
    but ERIC does not select sources that only contain
    subject-matter research.
    For an example, a Journal of Chemistry
    would not be a good candidate for ERIC,
    but a Journal of Teaching Chemistry
    would move forward in the review process.
    If the source produces a combination of education research
    and subject matter, we determine that the primary focus,
    using the 80% benchmark again,
    is education research.
    We may make an exception and selectively index journals
    with less than 80% if we need to increase coverage
    for a certain topic area.
    Some critical observations made during this phase
    will determine if the source moves forward
    or if we will watch the source until a new review cycle
    or if we determine that it is not a good fit for ERIC.
    Next we consider other selection criteria.
    Let's start with peer review.
    We accept both peer-reviewed
    and non-peer-reviewed material for indexing.
    However, as mentioned earlier,
    one of our goals is to increase
    peer-reviewed content in ERIC.
    To determine if a source is peer reviewed,
    we research the publisher's website
    to locate a description of a blind
    or expert peer-review process.
    ERIC does not accept an editorial
    or internal review process for the peer-review indicator
    on the ERIC records.
    For language, the full text of materials indexed
    in ERIC must be available in English.
    For a journal to be reviewed for ERIC,
    the full text of 80% of the articles
    in each issue must be in English,
    and if selected for ERIC,
    80% of the articles must continue to be in English.
    For material format, we must be able
    to receive the material in an acceptable electronic format,
    such as PDF or XML.
    We do not index content that can only be provided
    in print, or if the content is only available
    on a website in HTML.
    We also look at editorial and publisher policies
    and processes.
    We like to find information about the manuscript review
    and selection and take a step to confirm
    that the content produced matched the stated
    aim and scope statement.
    The final element is sponsorship.
    We note when a journal is sponsored
    by a professional association or a center
    producing non-journal content
    has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education
    or a foreign government agency.
    Sponsorship is not a requirement,
    but preference may be given to a source with sponsorship.
    These criteria are all more fully explained
    in the Selection Policy document,
    and we would be happy to answer
    any questions you might have
    at the end of our presentation.
    By this time, we will have a list
    of good potential sources.
    We review the notes we've taken along the way
    and even look again at the abstracts
    and full text to confirm our intended decision.
    We will ask a few other questions
    to create our final set of sources to recommend.
    Is the content highly relevant to the current issues?
    If it's not open access, is there adequate access
    to the full text for ERIC users?
    Our benchmark for this is that a minimum
    of 30 libraries subscribe, as we've found in WorldCat.
    What percentage of the content is education research?
    Is it 80-100% per issue,
    or does it barely meet the benchmark of 80%?
    And are the research methodology
    and results clearly presented?
    Some journals we've reviewed have a very broad scope,
    so in this final step, we consider
    the editor's selectivity.
    Do all articles relate to the stated aim and scope?
    And if English is not the native language,
    is the English translation easy to understand
    and the grammar excellent?
    And when reviewing sources other than a journal
    or book publisher, we verify that the center or agency
    publishes acceptable types of material.
    As I've mentioned previously,
    the complete list of types of material we index is
    in the Selection Policy.
    We are now ready to review the observations we've made
    during the entire review process
    and assign a final status to each source.
    The candidate sources that are education research
    and meet all of our criteria and collection goals
    will be recommended to the Department to select.
    We will provide a list of these sources to the Department
    along with the background information we've collected,
    links to the website, and links to sample content.
    If a source is fully reviewed but not recommended,
    we may assign the status of Watch
    and include it in a future review cycle.
    For these sources, the content may seem to be a fit,
    but there might be some hesitation.
    Perhaps the percentage in English
    is not consistently 80% or higher,
    or the issues contain a mix of subject matter
    and education research, and the percentage
    is not consistently education research and
    is not 80% or higher.
    Sometimes the source appears to be suspended.
    For example, they publish four times a year,
    and as of March they haven't yet published
    the last issue from the previous year.
    Or perhaps we've found a few broken links
    or other problems with the website
    but the content seems to be a fit.
    And if we have a concern about access to the full text,
    we will assign the status of Watch
    and review it again in a future review cycle.
    The number of libraries subscribing may increase
    or it may change to be an open-access journal.
    We assign the status of No Further Review
    to any source that does not meet the standard and criteria
    we've just discussed or has a critical problem,
    such as the website suddenly disappears
    or the source is closing or ceased.
    For sources that will be recommended to select,
    we determine the starting year of coverage in ERIC.
    Our working practice is to begin indexing journal issues
    or documents that were published a minimum of two years
    prior to the year the source is selected.
    However, we may consider on a case-by-case basis,
    and a recommendation to vary the starting year of coverage
    may be provided to the Department.
    Examples of what may cause a different recommendation
    is if the first volume or document was published
    just shortly before the two-year timeframe.
    If we wish to increase content
    for an underserved topic area such as rural education,
    we may also expand the timeframe.
    Or if they've granted permission
    for the full text to display in ERIC.
    We also decide whether a recommended journal
    will be indexed comprehensively,
    which means every article in every issue
    is indexed in ERIC,
    or selectively, which means we will review every article
    to determine if it is a fit for ERIC.
    This decision is based on a review of three current issues
    to determine the percentage of education research
    versus subject-matter content in the issues.
    In the two examples on your screen,
    we index Journal of Learning Disabilities comprehensively,
    or every article is chosen.
    We index Journal of Adolescent Research selectively,
    and in this representative issue,
    we've selected three of the five articles
    for indexing in ERIC.
    In addition to pure subject matter,
    we do not select articles that just relate to children,
    but select the articles containing education research.
    For our non-journal sources,
    all materials are indexed selectively.
    We will review every report, brief, or book
    to determine if it should be indexed in ERIC.
    So at this stage, what happens next?
    The Department will consider all of the information
    we've provided for the recommended sources
    and make the final source selection.
    When reviewing the source recommendation,
    Erin looks for the same elements that I looked for earlier,
    mainly, are the articles or documents education research?
    Are they from a source that produces
    high-quality, relevant information?
    And how do the sources fit into the existing collection?
    If your source is selected for indexing,
    you or the appropriate publisher or provider contact
    will receive an email communication from Erin
    with an agreement form attached.
    This agreement is between the publisher
    or the copyright entity
    and the U.S. Department of Education.
    The form on your screen is the front page
    of the agreement for journal publishers.
    We also have a form specific to book publishers
    and another for centers and organizations.
    When the publisher or provider representative
    receives the agreement, they should review it
    and complete the optional sections.
    The agreement includes several standard sections.
    The first states that we wish to receive
    or have access to your content in electronic format
    for the purpose of creating ERIC records.
    In section two, you will have the option
    to display the full text in ERIC immediately,
    after an embargo, or not at all.
    Other sections include a statement
    that the publisher retains all copyright,
    that we will attach full text content
    to the ERIC record, or link to the publisher,
    and lists the responsibilities
    of the licensee and licensor.
    The agreement also includes a statement
    that the ERIC database is intended for educational purposes,
    and the use of your content to include records in ERIC
    does not imply an endorsement of the publisher
    or the content.
    Section seven mentions the process for adding another
    reviewed and selected source to your agreement.
    The selected source will be listed on the agreement,
    and if you have another journal,
    you may not add it to the form,
    but you could request that we also review it.
    Section seven mentions that the agreement
    automatically renews to smoothly continue indexing
    your content in ERIC until you or we decide
    to terminate the agreement.
    The agreement language is comprehensive,
    but section nine is available
    if there is any specific language
    that you feel would be important to add.
    The last page of the agreement is prepopulated
    with a source or sources selected for ERIC.
    If it is a journal, we will include the ISSN
    and the peer review status,
    as well as the starting year of coverage.
    The publisher that wishes to participate
    will complete Part A and provide
    the publisher customer service information
    that we will place on your ERIC records.
    In Part B, you will provide contact information
    for up to three publisher representatives.
    And in Part C, indicate if you would like us
    to download the content from you, your website,
    or if you will send the content to us,
    and then check the type of format we would be receiving.
    Then the appropriate publisher contact
    should sign the form.
    We will accept either an electronic signature
    or you may print off the form, sign,
    and scan it.
    And then email the agreement to
    Erin Pollard, as the Department's representative,
    will review the form, countersign it,
    and email a final copy to you for your files.
    We will update our agreement management system
    with all the information you've provided
    and will record the options you've chosen.
    With the agreement in place,
    we are ready to acquire or receive the content
    and begin indexing your material in ERIC.
    You can expect to see records representing your content
    after about six to eight weeks
    after we first receive your agreement.
    This slide shows an example of a brief ERIC record
    with a PDF of the full text attached,
    and the second one includes a Direct Link
    to the publisher.
    When you click on the article
    or the report title from the brief record,
    you will see the complete ERIC record.
    Each record will contain the article title,
    author, source name, bibliographic citation,
    and an abstract, either one that you've provided
    or one that ERIC has written.
    At the bottom of the record you will see descriptors.
    These are ERIC Thesaurus terms,
    and the publisher customer service contact information.
    Now Erin and I would like to cover a few questions
    we are often asked, and then we will open the floor
    if you have other questions that we haven't covered.
    For the first question, will ERIC provide feedback
    on why your source wasn't selected?
    The answer is yes, we would be happy to tell you
    the status of your source or why it wasn't selected.
    We receive a very large number of requests
    to review new sources, and at this time,
    we are only contacting publishers of selected sources.
    We typically send these emails containing the agreement
    to add new sources to publishers in July and January.
    If you haven't heard from us after this time frame,
    you may contact our help desk to find out
    if we reviewed your source yet.
    If the review is complete and it was not selected,
    we will include the reason in our response.
    We hope that the selection policy, this webinar,
    and other multimedia pieces we've created
    will help you understand the criteria
    that we use to select sources.
    Another question we receive is what happens
    if you change the journal title?
    If we have not yet selected your journal,
    please let us know so we can update
    our suggested source list.
    If we are indexing your journal,
    please notify us as soon as you know
    of a pending title change.
    We will quickly review the updated aim and scope statement
    and the first issue published under the new title.
    If it is a minor change to update
    the currently used terminology,
    we will be able to continue indexing it
    without conducting a formal review again.
    You will not need to sign another agreement.
    Instead, we will associate the previous
    and the new source name in our system,
    and link the new name format to your current agreement.
    If there has been a significant change
    in scope or if your journal merges with another journal
    that is not selected for ERIC,
    we will pause coverage,
    and we will review the journal again
    during the next formal review cycle.
    Next, a similar question is will ERIC continue
    to index the selected journal if it moves
    to a new publisher?
    The answer is yes, if there is no change in scope.
    We will contact the new publisher
    and establish an agreement with them
    to ask permission to continue indexing the journal
    without a gap in coverage.
    - [Erin] Okay, thank you, Fern.
    Another question publishers often ask
    is whether we can provide usage statistics.
    This is something we are hoping to make available
    in 2019, however, at this time, we do not have
    the capability to provide usage statistics to publishers.
    And the last question that we've prepared
    is whether or not you need to do anything for ERIC
    to continue indexing your content.
    The agreement to index a selected source
    automatically renews each year,
    so if you continue to publish content
    that meets our standard and criteria,
    ERIC will continue to index it
    without requiring any paperwork to continue.
    If we notice that there's been some type of change,
    such as a change in scope,
    or increase in non-English material,
    we may look at it again in a review cycle.
    If we find a source no longer meets
    the ERIC Selection Policy standard and criteria,
    it may be discontinued.
    If that happens, we will contact you
    with the reason we will stop indexing your content,
    and the records that are already indexed in ERIC
    will remain, and you may request another review
    after you begin publishing content
    that complies with the Selection Policy.
    So what we'd like to do now is to answer
    any other questions or comments.
    So please enter them in the chat box
    on the right of your screen and send them to us.
    And what we're going to do is
    we're going to first answer general questions
    about this specific webinar,
    and then we're going to open it up
    to any broader questions.
    So our first question has to do
    with do we index material from another database
    that collects third-party materials?
    So, would we index something from a clearinghouse
    of another resource?
    And the challenge here is that we need
    to get permission from the copyright holder
    to index something, so even if you have
    very valuable content, we are not allowed
    to index materials without going directly
    to the publisher.
    So if you have a database or clearinghouse
    or something, we are unable to index that content.
    So the next question, the articles must be about education
    or can we publish articles about sport sciences?
    So we are funded by the U.S. Department of Education,
    and in our authorizing legislation,
    Congress requires us to index education research.
    So all material must be education research.
    And the threshold is when we are looking at your journal
    or non-journal material, are 80% of the articles
    in your journal education research?
    Is there any percentage limit of education articles?
    So again, we are looking at 80% threshold,
    but everything that we index is going
    to be education research because
    that is what we are authorized and funded to do.
    Our publications are currently indexed
    in ERIC through 2016.
    How do we make sure our newest publications are included?
    I'm going to be turning this over to Fern.
    I am answering the first part
    and then turn it over to Fern.
    The first part is to check your agreement
    and see how are we supposed to get your content?
    If you are supposed to be emailing us content,
    I would check to see if you actually have.
    Frequently what we have found is that people are supposed
    to be emailing content and forget to, as someone who
    formerly has worked on the publisher side,
    I had no idea that that was my responsibility.
    What we encourage you to do is to contact us
    and say can we switch to site download instead?
    And that's where the ERIC team will go out
    to your website and download the material
    and you don't have to send us anything.
    If it currently says site download
    and we are checking into the individual who asked,
    then we typically review your website twice a year,
    and so you may see a gap or two,
    but if it's more than like six months,
    reach out to us because that generally shouldn't happen.
    Do you have anything you want to add?
    - [Fern] That'd be great.
    No the only thing is for this specific one,
    if you would send an email to our help desk,
    and then I will send you a direct response
    about where we are with that one.
    - [Erin] Good, there you go.
    So the next one is going to be,
    are reviewers employees of ED
    or do you utilize volunteers?
    If the latter, can people apply to be a reviewer?
    The answer is, I'm going to apologize
    for being the bureaucrat.
    Due to the Antideficiency Act,
    we cannot accept voluntary services.
    It's actually not allowed.
    So the reviewers are Fern,
    who is a contractor under a contract
    with the Department of Education,
    and then me, who is an employee.
    So we can't accept volunteers,
    but what we can accept is if you nominate sources.
    And that would be wonderful, and to send them
    to our help desk, and that way we keep a catalog
    and we make sure that they all go to the right place.
    Along with abstracts, are keywords useful?
    Fern, do you want to answer that one?
    - [Fern] The processing team can use keywords
    if it's included in an XML feed,
    and sometimes I've noticed keywords are included
    on the, like a journal article PDF.
    So I would say if it's included we will use it,
    but don't necessarily send it separately
    because that wouldn't be in a digestible format.
    - [Erin] So then comes, if journals are currently
    in print only but can be converted
    to PDF easily, would they be considered?
    So part of this is when you say
    could be converted to PDF, do you mean that,
    there's two issues.
    If you convert it to PDF and send it to us
    and it's a readable PDF, then that's one thing
    that can be considered.
    If you are proposing mailing something
    to us or faxing it to us,
    we don't accept materials that way,
    and we don't make the PDFs.
    So everything indexed in ERIC has to be a readable PDF.
    But if that's something you are willing to do,
    we would be open to reviewing that journal.
    - [Fern] That would be right.
    - [Erin] So then, all right.
    This specific one I'm going to be turning over to Fern,
    but to read it to you, there is a journal
    that is a biannual publication.
    The last issue was published in December 2017.
    The next is not due until July 2018.
    Will that be a problem?
    - [Fern] No, I'd recognize this title.
    As long as we have two or three issues
    that have already been published,
    then we'll be able to do the review.
    If the December 2017 is the only issue so far,
    then we'll need to wait until the fall
    to look at that particular journal.
    - [Erin] So then as an editor of an online journal,
    if it's partially open access and partially members only,
    would it be considered for indexing?
    Yep, we love open access.
    And let's explain why we like open access.
    I think this is something that typically
    may not make sense to our community is
    that we have found that a lot of ERIC users
    are not necessarily reaching out
    for the 2018, 2017 content.
    They're looking at materials
    that are 10, 15, 20 years old.
    And 10 years from now your website may have
    gone down or changed.
    And if it's behind a pay wall,
    users may not be able to find that information.
    So why we prioritize open access content
    that we can display in ERIC,
    it's so that way users can find this material
    10, 15 years from now.
    So we encourage you to allow us
    to display the full text.
    Immediately would be great.
    After an embargo is also wonderful,
    and it can be an embargo of your choosing.
    It can be a five-year embargo after the profits of
    that new article typically peter out.
    So we encourage you to consider that as on option,
    and if it is, let us know in the review cycle
    when you are nominating your source.
    But it's not a requirement at all.
    - [Fern] And I might insert here, too,
    if it's partially open access and partially member only,
    we would look at WorldCat to see
    how many libraries subscribe so that
    if we index the articles that are abstracts only online,
    that our users would be able to get,
    at some point, some way, to the full text.
    We have published our first issue in December,
    the second volume will be published in June.
    You can send the suggestion to us
    and provide that information, and then we will,
    what I'll probably do is schedule you for the fall.
    By then you'll have two issues available
    so that we would be able to have you on our list
    for the fall review.
    - [Erin] What XML formats do you prefer?
    So I guess I am the one who,

    I'm going to be the one who gets to answer.
    ERIC has their own preferred XML format,
    however, I can say that almost none of the publishers
    use it and we are flexible.
    And if you're selected, we will work with you
    to find the right format.

    And so if it's something
    that traditionally what will have happened
    is we'll either build our system
    to take what you have or we'll say just send us a PDF.
    It'll be easier that way.
    A follow-up question is, how would a journal
    be suggested if it's currently in print only?
    You would email it to us, and preferably with a PDF.
    - [Fern] Yeah, we would need a sample attached.
    - [Erin] Yeah, sample content.
    Are ERIC index publications available in Google Scholar?
    If they are, is there a delay showing up
    in the search results?
    So ERIC, this is going to be a little long-winded answer.
    All of ERIC's metadata is made freely available
    to anyone, anyone on this phone, any user.
    Google has the same access as Adscale or ProQuest,
    as do you, the general public, and publishers.
    So yes, I know that Google Scholar happens to index stuff.
    It's based off of our site map, not our metadata,
    which is generally updated every time we index records.
    I know Google Scholar is always very keen
    to make sure that the site maps are updated,
    so there may be a delay, but the delay
    for Google Scholar specifically is slight.
    Like no more than a week or two.
    For what you might see in other search providers
    that index based off our metadata
    as opposed to our site map,
    you may see a month or two or longer delay
    because it's up to when the publisher chooses
    to index their material.
    When you mention readable, are you including
    accessibility features for 508 requirements?
    So as the federal government, yes.
    When I said accessibility, I was referring to
    if something is 508 compliant,
    which is a government term for a PDF
    that means that it is accessible
    to those who are using a screen reader,
    a 508-compliant PDF is our preferred
    and it's required on federal websites.
    But what I was meaning when I said readable
    and accessible is if you think back to 10 years ago,
    it was much more common where you would
    have a PDF that would be like a scanned from a scanner,
    and you couldn't search the words inside the PDF
    because it was just an image.
    We can't index those in ERIC.
    And the reasons for that are long and complex,
    but we want to make sure that our content is accessible
    to everybody, and so it's in proper reading order.
    And if it is something that has been created
    in 2018 from digital content,
    it is almost always considered accessible
    even though it may not meet the 508-compliance threshold.
    If your website has changed, please let us know.
    So what will happen is that will also change your URLs
    on previously indexed records.
    We will go back and update that as resources are available,
    but it won't be immediate.
    But definitely please email us
    through the contact that is below.
    So, one, we have the new information,
    and two, so that we can update old records.
    - [Fern] The next one is about someone who has sent in
    a suggestion for application in 2015.
    What you can do, if you'd please send a message
    to the help desk and ask for some direct feedback
    about the status of your review
    and if it hasn't been selected,
    then I'll give you some specifics
    about the observations we've made
    and whether or not we are going to review it
    again this spring.
    - [Erin] Then there can be several WorldCat records
    for the same journal.
    Do you sum the library accounts?
    - [Fern] The answer is yes.
    We look for that, and we keep track of which libraries
    have subscribed to print versus electronic,
    and then we add them together.
    - [Erin] So that is all the questions
    that we have gotten so far.
    So we're going to just give it a minute
    to see if we have any new questions.
    You haven't mentioned a DOI number as a criteria
    to be selected.
    No, we haven't, because it's not a requirement.
    However, if you have a DOI, that is wonderful,
    and that will be included in the ERIC record.
    The next one, is there any percentage
    of educational article?

    - [Fern] Yes, it has to hit the 80% benchmark.
    If there is a topic area, typically something like
    urban education and rural education,
    where we are always looking for more content,
    then we may, if you refer back to the other slide
    that we talked about comprehensively
    or selectively indexing, then if a journal has
    at least 50% education research articles,
    we may select it, and then what we'll do is
    we'll pick out and only index the
    education research articles.
    - [Erin] We are going to give it one more minute
    just to see if there's any other questions.
    - [Fern] Okay, next slide.
    - [Erin] Going to the next slide.
    And we have several videos, infographics,
    and recorded webinars in our multimedia area
    on the ERIC website.
    To find all the items, use this link
    or click on the multimedia link
    at the bottom of the ERIC website pages.
    And I have also included a link to the Selection Policy
    and the Journal and Non-Journal Lists.
    These links are all easily found
    in the footer of the ERIC website.
    Thank you so much for joining us today.
    We really appreciated to get to talk to you,
    and please send us any questions that you have.
    Thank you.
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