The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) was launched in
2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with 300 open access journals. Today, the
independent database contains ca. 12000 open access journals covering all areas
of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.
DOAJ is a membership organization and membership is
available in 3 main categories: Publisher, Ordinary Member and Sponsor.
A DOAJ Membership is a clear statement of intent and proves a commitment to
quality, peer-reviewed open access. DOAJ is co-author to the Principles of
Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (Principles) and
DOAJ members are expected to follow these principles as a condition of
membership. DOAJ reserves the right to reject applications for membership, or
revoke membership if a member or sponsor is found to contravene the
Principles. Read more about membership here.
DOAJ is a community-curated list of open access journals and
aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer
reviewed open access material. To assist libraries and indexers keep their
lists up-to-date, we make public a list of journals that have been accepted
into or removed from DOAJ but we will not discuss specific details of an
application with anyone apart from the applicant. Neither will we discuss
individual publishers or applications with members of the public unless we
believe that, by doing so, we will be making a positive contribution to the
open access community.
DOAJ publishes Information for Publishers on this
site to help Publishers adhere to the Principles and to assist them in
completing an application. DOAJ also publishes a list of FAQs relevant
to all members of the publishing community, particularly libraries and authors.
All information on this site is available to both members and non-members.