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The latest abstracts

Right now, as I type, I’m downloading the latest English-language abstracts from the Directory of Open Access Journals API. This is something I do periodically, to refresh the data used by the Open Journal Matcher. I do this regularly in part because new journal articles are published all the time, and it’s obviously valuable to have the latest scholarship available via the OJM.

But this isn’t the only reason. Link rot is also an issue. Some ISSNs that previously resolved using the DOAJ API no longer point to any meaningful data. Presumably this is because the DOAJ is keeping their data up to date, while the OJM, further downstream, is constantly playing catch-up.

Anyhow, when it’s complete, the refreshed data will yield improved results for users of the OJM. Big thanks to the Directory of Open Access Journals for letting me harvest all of this data en masse!

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