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Directory of Open Access Journals is a service that provides access to quality controlled Open Access Journals. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system, and it will not be limited to particular languages or subject areas. The aim of the Directory is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.
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Open Access Journal:
We define open access journals as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the BOAI definition  of "open access" we take the right of users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles" as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory.
Quality Control:The journal must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control to be included.
Journals that report primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community.
A serial appearing or intended to appear indefinitely at regular intervals, generally more frequently than annually, each issue of which is numbered or dated consecutively and normally contains separate articles, stories, or other writings.Back to top
Quality control: for a journal to be included it should exercise quality control on submitted papers through an editor, editorial board and/or a peer-review system.
The journal should have an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number, for information see http://www.issn.org).Back to top
We receive a suggestion to include a journal, either from editors or from the public. We check:
When all these things are in place, we send a registration form to the editor.
Once we receive the filled in form, we check the journal more thoroughly based on the information provided in the registration form.
The journal is then registered in DOAJ and classified by the DOAJ staff according to Library of Congress´classification schema. The journal is immediately searchable and visible in DOAJ upon registration.
Metadata and archiving
As a final point, we suggest to the editor that he/she provides us with article metadata, in XML format. DOAJ is OAI compliant, and once the article is available in DOAJ, it becomes automatically OAI harvestable.
OAI, Open Archives Initiative, supplies a common framework to web communities that allows them to gain access to content in a standard manner by means of metadata harvesting.
The records in DOAJ contain the following fields:
The title of the journal.
The ISSN number of the journal.
The EISSN of the journal (in case the journal has one).
The topic of the journal.
The entity responsible for the publishing of the journal.
Country of publication.
Language(s) of the full text articles.
Keywords of the topic of the journal.
When the journal became electronically available as open access in full text.
End Year (only if it is continued by a new journal)
When the journal ceased to exist.
Use "Find journals" to search for journals included in DOAJ. The system will search through all fields in the record, except subject and year.
Use "Search articles" to search for articles in the journals having DOAJ CONTENT.
You can choose to make your search in any of the following fields:
If you write more than one word in your search query it will be treated as a phrase. You also have the possibility to use the Boolean operators and, or, not.Back to top
Yes, based on year this is presented in two lists, showing:
Yes, read more about Self-Archiving and Open Archives in the Southampton Self-Archiving FAQ.Back to top
Because we have not found any journals in that area yet. Suggestions are welcome, please use our form to suggest a journal for inclusion in DOAJ.Back to top
Yes, in the top menu you will find the RSS icon. The RSS feed contains information on journals added last in the last 30 days.
The DOAJ service supports the OAI protocol for metadata harvesting (OAI-PMH). Thus, any other service can obtain records from DOAJ for inclusion in their collection. OAI is well established, and easy to use. The base URL is: http://www.doaj.org/oai . You can add most OAI verbs and other commands directly on that. A few examples:
From these URLs you'll get both an idea of what OAI is, and much of our metadata. See also our example.
You have also the possibility to download the list of records in DOAJ in a comma separated format. Then you can import the file to Excel or some other software to use the records further. Do as follows:
The article level metadata can be harvested using OAI protocol.
The base URL is: http://www.doaj.org/oai.article
Use OAI verbs and other command options directly on that.
The data in DOAJ is licensed to you under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. The essence of copy of this license is explained on the creative commons web site. (You may also be interested in the fine print.)
Note that everything that is free comes with no guarantee. So, mind you, if you ever stumble over an Open Access Journal cataloged by us, and break your leg, then don't blame us!Back to top
Maybe we have not found out about the journal, please use our form to suggest a journal for inclusion in DOAJ. Or the journal unfortunately doesn't match our selection criteria eg. the articles have to be freely available from the publishing date. See selection criteriaBack to top
When a journal has been added to DOAJ a log in and password is sent to the journal owner. Go to “For publishers” at the DOAJ site and login. You have two options to upload the article metadata, either article by article or file by file. The files must conform with DOAJ XML Schema specification, read more about it here.Back to top
How to be approved:
Choose the Creative Commons License CC-BY license.
In order to qualify for the SPARC Europe Seal you must apply the CC-BY license, which is the most user friendly license, allowing among other things for long-term preservation and text- and data mining.
How to choose the CC-BY license:
Go to the Creative Commons (CC) web site (http://creativecommons.org/about/license) and copy the CC-BY Icon - you might as well consult this: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Before_Licensing .
Put the CC-BY icon on the homepage of your journal(s) and preferably on each article in your journal.
Go to the DOAJ web site (http://www.doaj.org), login to "For journal owners", click on "license info" and choose CC-license for your journal(s).
The CC icon will be shown automatically in DOAJ.
Your journal(s) shall continuously provide DOAJ with metadata for all of your content.
You can find information on the different types of licenses at the Creative Commons web site:
and there is even a page to help you choose the correct license for your content:
Both are available in 24 different languages.
You can see information regarding author fees here.