Directory of Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a website that hosts a community-curated list of open access journals, maintained by Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS4OA).[2] The project defines open access journals as scientific and scholarly journals making all their content available for free, without delay or user-registration requirement, and meeting high quality standards, notably by exercising peer review or editorial quality control.[3] DOAJ uses the Budapest Open Access Initiative's definition of open access to define required rights given to users, for the journal to be included, as the rights to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of [the] articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose".[3] The aim of DOAJ is to "increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals".[4]

Directory of Open Access Journals
Available inEnglish
Alexa rank22,607 (as of October 2018)[1]
Current statusOnline

In 2015, DOAJ launched a reapplication process based on updated and expanded inclusion criteria. At the end of the process (December 2017), close to 5,000 journals, out of the 11,600 indexed in May 2016, had been removed from their database, in majority for failure to reapply.[5][6][7] This substantial cleanup notwithstanding, the number of journals included in DOAJ has continued to grow, to reach 13812 as of 14 October 2019.[8]


The Open Society Institute funded various open access related projects after the Budapest Open Access Initiative; the Directory was one of those projects.[9] 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.[10] It continued to do so until January 2013, when Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS4OA) took over.

The Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS4OA) was founded in 2012 in the UK as a not-for-profit charitable company by open access advocates Caroline Sutton and Alma Swan.[11] It runs both the DOAJ and the Open Citations Corpus.

See also


  1. "Ranking for". Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  2. "Infrastructure Services for Open Access". Infrastructure Services for Open Access C.I.C. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  3. "Information for publishers". Directory of Open Access Journals. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  4. "About". Directory of Open Access Journals. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  5. "The Reapplications project is officially complete". DAOJ blog. 2017-12-17. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  6. Baker, Monya (2016-06-09). "Open-access index delists thousands of journals". Nature News. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  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. "Directory of Open Access Journals". Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  9. Crawford, Walt (2011). Open access : what you need to know now. Chicago: American Library Association. p. 13. ISBN 9780838911068.
  10. Hedlund, T.; Rabow, I. (2009). "Scholarly publishing and open access in the Nordic countries". Learned Publishing. 22 (3): 177–186. doi:10.1087/2009303.
  11. "Future plans for the development of the DOAJ". 18 December 2012.
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