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LACUNY Emerging Technologies Committee

The LACUNY Emerging Technologies Committee is dedicated to collaborative exploration of technologies that further the CUNY libraries’ missions. Through workshops, hack days, demoes, and other meetings, CUNY librarians learn new skills from each other and cultivate a community of openness, sharing, and encouragement.


Open Journal Matcher

  • Apologies for cross-posting.

    I’m very pleased to let you know about a project I’m releasing today, the Open Journal Matcher ( It’s a resource for people looking to find a suitable journal for their work. Paste in a draft abstract and see the best matching open access journals!

    Open Journal Matcher uses a natural language processing library called spaCy to compare the text of a draft abstract with the abstracts of ~5000 journals from the Directory of Open Access Journals. It ranks all of these journals by similarity, and returns the top five matches.

    While there are other journal matching services available, to my knowledge this is the only one that is fully interdisciplinary and fully open source. The code for the matcher application, the code for the matching algorithm, and the content of the journals, is all openly licensed.

    Please enjoy, and let me know what you think of this tool!

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  • This is very cool, Mark!

    Stephen Zweibel
    Digital Scholarship Librarian
    CUNY Graduate Center

    From: Mark Eaton (LACUNY Emerging Technologies Committee) <>
    Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 5:28 PM
    To: Zweibel, Stephen <>
    Subject: Open Journal Matcher

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    Nice work! Sharing the news on Twitter now.

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