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Studies of Changing Societies
East Ukrainian Society for International Studies
Peer reviewed
Open access

Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University

This title is actually a non-starter as a reviewable open access journal, as the content is not accessible via the OA URL: I was able to read (with great difficulty, given the poor color combination of white text on light blue background) the mission, objectives, and other "front matter" for the journal, then tried to access either the Current issue or the "Arhive" [sic] under a Publications tab. I did get to a page for the Current issue,"Volume1'2 2015" but at that page I read, "First you need get registration on site." That link led to a 404 error.

Another link on the same page, for the "Instruction to Authors and Author Guidelines" also led to a 404 error. I tried accessing the site via Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, and got the same results -- 404 errors -- when trying to access content via all three browsers.

I was puzzled at not being able to get at the journal content, especially since this journal is currently listed in DOAJ. So I did a Google search for "Studies of Changing Societies" and found it listed on the De Gruyter site, as: Studies of Changing Societies: The Journal of Olga Guzhva. At that De Gruyter page I was able to access five issues, from 2012 and 2013 only. Most articles focused on the Ukraine and were in poorly translated English.

So I can't figure out just what the difficulty is. Purportedly there are more recent articles available than what I found on the De Gruyter site, but it's moot since I can't get registration on that site and find them. I've not come across errors like this on a journal listed in DOAJ, at least not since DOAJ firmed up their listing requirements not so long ago. For now I'll consider it an OA mystery. If any readers are able to get at the more recent content I'd love to know so I can update this review.

28 Nov 2016
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