Directory of Open Access Journals

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Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ logo.jpg
Available in English
Alexa rank 43,815 (as of June 2017)[1]
Commercial No
Launched 2003
Current status Online

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a website that lists open access journals and is maintained by Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS4OA).[2] The project defines open access journals as scientific and scholarly journals that meet high quality standards by exercising peer review or editorial quality control and "use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access".[3] The Budapest Open Access Initiative's definition of open access is used to define required rights given to users, for the journal to be included in the DOAJ, as the rights to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles".[3][4] The aim of DOAJ is to "increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact".[3]

As of March 2015, the database contained records for 10,000 journals.[5] An average of four journals were being added each day in 2012.[6]

In May 2016, DOAJ announced that they had removed approximately 3,300 journals from their database to provide better reliability on the content listed on it.[7]

The journals that were removed can reapply as part of an ongoing procedure. [8] As of September 2016, the database now contains 9,216 journals. [9]


The Open Society Institute funded various open access related projects after the Budapest Open Access Initiative; the Directory was one of those projects.[10] The idea for the DOAJ came out of discussions at the first Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication in 2002, Lund University became the organization to set up and maintain the DOAJ.[11] It continued to do so until January 2013, when Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS4OA) took over.

The Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS4OA) of the UK runs both the DOAJ and the Open Citations Corpus. Open access advocates Caroline Sutton and Alma Swan founded it in 2012.[12]

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  1. ^ "Ranking for". Retrieved 2017-06-08. 
  2. ^ "Infrastructure Services for Open Access". Infrastructure Services for Open Access C.I.C. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "About". Directory of Open Access Journals. Retrieved 2015-04-14. 
  4. ^ The BOAI definition is at "Budapest Open Access Initiative: Frequently Asked Questions".
  5. ^ Adams, Caralee (5 March 2015). "Directory of Open Access Journals introduces new standards to help community address quality concerns". SPARC. Retrieved 2015-04-14. 
  6. ^ "DOAJ Statistics". Directory of Open Access Journals. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  7. ^ Marchitelli, Andrea; Galimberti, Paola; Bollini, Andrea; Mitchell, Dominic (January 2017). "Helping journals to improve their publishing standards: a data analysis of DOAJ new criteria effects". 8 (1): 39–49. doi:10.4403/ Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  8. ^ DOAJ (2016-05-09). "DOAJ to remove approximately 3300 journals". News Service. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  9. ^ DOAJ. "Directory of Open Access Journals". Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  10. ^ Crawford, Walt. Open access : what you need to know now. Chicago: American Library Association. p. 13. ISBN 9780838911068. 
  11. ^ Hedlund, T.; Rabow, I. (2009). "Scholarly publishing and open access in the Nordic countries". Learned Publishing. 22 (3): 177–186. doi:10.1087/2009303. 
  12. ^ "Future plans for the development of the DOAJ". 18 December 2012. 

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