Journals assessed against the JPPS criteria are given one of six levels: inactive title; new title; no stars; one star; two stars; and three stars.
In addition to a JPPS level, the editors of each assessed journal receive detailed reports of their assessments, customised for each journal to provide guidance about strengths and areas for improvement.
Editors can apply for JPPS reassessment after six months to a year if they have evidence of improvements in publishing processes.
The idea for Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) was conceived in 2014 and AJOL began discussing with African journal editors about appropriate criteria for their contexts.
The JPPS framework criteria, processes and implementation plan were then jointly developed by INASP and AJOL.
The framework was formally launched in September 2017, and results of the assessments began to be displayed on the JPPS website and the relevant JOLs platforms early this year.
Key to the process was the need for continued alignment with initiatives in the countries involved and ensuring that the JPPS initiative remains Southern-led and relevant to Southern needs.
Reports have been sent to journal editors in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Central America and Africa and the JPPS site and JOLs platforms now display badges for these 900-plus journals.
For example, the JPPS criteria are very strict about prompt uploading of content.
AJOL and INASP have been grateful for funding and encouragement from Sida and DFID over many years to support the development of the JOLs platforms and, more recently, the JPPS initiative.
Extensions to JPPS might include going beyond the JOLs platforms, in partnership with other Southern journal platforms.