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The Directory of Open Access Journals is delighted to announce new selection criteria and hereby announces that these new criteria are open for public comment until July 15th.
The DOAJ-team has developed the criteria and our Advisory Board has provided valuable input and comments.
With the growth in the number of research funders, institutional open access policies and mandates, all stakeholders involved – researchers (as authors and readers), research managers, staff managing publication funds, librarians, universities and research funders - need a trusted and reliable information resource that identifies good quality open access journals and filters out disreputable publishers. Equally, the former have a vested interest in not being associated with the latter.
We have tried to construct objective criteria that can facilitate compliance verification easily. In order to be listed in the DOAJ, a journal must meet the following criteria:
Future submissions for inclusion in to DOAJ must include the complete set of information provided by the publisher. This information will be publicly available in the Directory. The journals currently listed in the DOAJ will have to go through a re-evaluation process based on the new criteria. This work will take place over the next 12 months or so.
DOAJ Seal of Approval
At the same time we are launching the DOAJ Seal of Approval for Open Access Journals (in short: the DOAJ Seal) to encourage a high practice standard. These journals will be identified with the DOAJ Seal logo.
In addition to the more general criteria, above, required for inclusion in the DOAJ, the following criteria must be met for a journal to receive the DOAJ Seal:
We are confident that the new criteria will positively contribute to the transparency of open access. Since open access journals are a relatively new phenomenon, and one that is continuously changing, we will probably have to revise the criteria to keep them current and up to date.
To avoid any misunderstanding, we are restating DOAJ’s scope here:
The DOAJ has the ambition to continue to be the white list of open access journals that are global in scope in terms of geography, scientific discipline and language.
Not in scope:
Your comments on the new criteria are much appreciated and will contribute toward their implementation. Comments must be received before 6pm CEST on Monday 15th July 2013 and should be sent to the DOAJ Community Manager Dominic Mitchell: dom
Managing Director, DOAJ