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]

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 12,728 as of 25 February 2019.[8]

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


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. ^ a b "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 2019-02-25.
  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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Asian Ethnology

Asian Ethnology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the promotion of research on the peoples and cultures of Asia. It was first published in 1942 at the Catholic University of Peking as Folklore Studies and subsequently at Nanzan University, where from 1963 to 2007 it was known as Asian Folklore Studies.Asian Ethnology presents formal essays and analyses, research reports, and critical book reviews relating to a wide range of topical categories, including

narratives, performances, and other forms of cultural representation

popular religious concepts

vernacular approaches to health and healing

local ecological/environmental knowledge

collective memory and uses of the past

cultural transformations in diaspora

transnational flows

material cultureThe journal is indexed in Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Bibliography of Asian Studies, Directory of Open Access Journals, and EBSCO: Academic Search Complete.

Canadian Studies in Population

Canadian Studies in Population is a peer-reviewed academic journal publishing original research in areas of demography, population studies, demographic analysis, and the demographics of Canada and other populations. The journal was established in 1974 and is published biannually by the Canadian Population Society, with support from the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta, the Society of Edmonton Demographers (SED) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Articles are published in English, with abstracts in French and English, while occasional articles may be published in French. Canadian Studies in Population is indexed in Web of Science, Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Sociological Abstracts. The journal is available as an online version and in February 2008 the journal became part of the Directory of Open Access Journals. Link to the journal at:

Continent. (journal)

continent. is an online open access scholarly journal founded in 2010 that publishes a range of subjects including philosophy, literature, and arts. The journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals and has received a seal of approval from SPARC Europe. The Editors are supported by Contributing Editors Ben Segal, Feliz Lucia Molina, Sherrin Frances, Fintan Neylan, Frederick Arias, Rosemary Lee, Isaac Linder, John Gallic, Matt Bernico and Sophie Wagner.

continent. is published under a Creative Commons license using a modified version of Open Journal Systems being developed between Jamie Allen and Bernhard Garnicnig, and its advisory board comprises:

Simon Critchley, The New School for Social Research, New York

Christopher Fynsk, The Centre for Modern Thought

Erin Manning, Concordia University

Ben Marcus, Columbia University

Todd May, Clemson University

J. Hillis Miller, University of California Irvine

Lucia Santaella, São Paulo Catholic University

Clay Shirky, New York University

Delayed open-access journal

Delayed open-access journals are traditional subscription-based journals that provide free online access upon the expiry of an embargo period following the initial publication date.

Economic Thought

Economic Thought is a biannual peer-reviewed open access academic journal. It was established in 2012 and is published by the World Economics Association.

An innovative feature of the journal is its Open Peer Discussion forum. Submitted papers that meet an acceptable standard of quality are first posted on the forum before a decision is taken on publication.

The journal is abstracted/indexed in Scopus, Research Papers in Economics, Directory of Open Access Journals, PhilPapers, and EconLit.

Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship

The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (ISSN 1704-8532, OCLC 51090366) was a peer-reviewed electronic academic journal in the areas of academic and special libraries. It published 10 volumes between 1999 and 2009.

For a decade, the journal was totally committed to the discussion and promotion of open access for all academic research. It was published and distributed by the International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication. It was originally named the Journal of Southern Academic and Special Librarianship and changed its name in 2002 to reflect its international scope. The founding editor was Paul G. Haschak (Xavier University of Louisiana). The journal is permanently archived by Library and Archives Canada. It is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals and indexed and abstracted by Library and Information Science Abstracts and Library Literature and Information Science. Although it was last published in 2009, its impact continues--with its feature articles being cited over 50 times in 2018, alone (in less than 8 months).

Electronic article

Electronic articles are articles in scholarly journals or magazines that can be accessed via electronic transmission. They are a specialized form of electronic document, with a specialized content, purpose, format, metadata, and availability–they consist of individual articles from scholarly journals or magazines (and now sometimes popular magazines), they have the purpose of providing material for academic research and study, they are formatted approximately like printed journal articles, the metadata is entered into specialized databases, such as the Directory of Open Access Journals as well as the databases for the discipline, and they are predominantly available through academic libraries and special libraries, generally at a fixed charge.

Electronic articles can be found in online-only journals (par excellence), but in the 21st century they have also become common as online versions of articles that also appear in printed journals. The practice of publishing of an electronic version of an article before it later appears in print is sometimes called epub ahead of print, particularly in PubMed.The term can also be used for the electronic versions of less formal publications, such as online archives, working paper archives from universities, government agencies, private and public think tanks and institutes and private websites. In many academic areas, specialized bibliographic databases are available to find their online content.

Most commercial sites are subscription-based, or allow pay-per-view access. Many universities subscribe to electronic journals to provide access to their students and faculty, and it is generally also possible for individuals to subscribe. An increasing number of journals are now available with open access, requiring no subscription. Most working paper archives and articles on personal homepages are free, as are collections in institutional repositories and subject repositories.

The most common formats of transmission are HTML, PDF and, in specialized fields like mathematics and physics, TeX and PostScript.

English for Specific Purposes World

English for Specific Purposes World (ESP World, ISSN 1682-3257) is an international online journal containing papers concerning English for Specific Purposes (ESP). There are around 4 issues published a year. There are 46 issues of the journal online. The Journal is listed in Genamics JournalSeek, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), LINGUIST List, NewJour.

In the Library with the Lead Pipe

In the Library with the Lead Pipe is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on topics about libraries. The journal is abstracted and indexed in EBSCO databases and the Directory of Open Access Journals. The journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 license.

Information for Social Change

Information for Social Change (ISC) is an international, volunteer-based association, whose primary mission is to debate and comment on issues of social justice, censorship, freedom and ethics in the library and information field. Information for Social Change can be described as an activist organization of library and information professionals . An important aspect of the mission is for members to debate and challenge dominant paradigms or perspectives in the library and information sector. The scope of Information for Social Change is not, however, limited to the traditional library sector, but encompasses a broad spectrum of issues impacting access to information, information literacy and the wider role of information users in society. Information for Social Change supports conferences and collaborates with a range of literacy activists groups. ISC self-publishes their scholarly journal, ISC journal which is published online. Their webpage is ( and the international standard serial number for the ISC journal is: 1364-694X (print) | 1756-901X (online). Information for Social Change is part of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and is partnered with

Medknow Publications

Medknow Publications also known as Wolters Kluwer Medknow or simply Medknow, is a publisher of academic journals on behalf of learned societies and associations. Previously an independent Indian publisher, Medknow is now part of within Wolters Kluwer's Health Division, and is part of Wolters Kluwer India.

Medknow is not a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. Some, but not all of its journals are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. The publisher briefly appeared on Beall's list in 2011, but was taken down, being described as "[a] publisher for many well-respected Indian professional societies and is disseminating abundant, high-quality research."

Open access in South Africa

Open access to scholarly communication in South Africa occurs online via journals, repositories, and a variety of other tools and platforms. Compared to other African nations, open access in South Africa has grown quickly in recent years.

According to UNESCO, South Africa is a leading African country in terms of open access policies on the governmental level and grass-roots initiatives in universities and research organizations. South African signatories to the international "Open Access 2020" campaign, launched in 2016, include the South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. As of January 2018, there are nine research entities with policies in the international Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies.

Opuscula Mathematica

Opuscula Mathematica is a mathematical research journal founded in 1937 in Kraków, Poland, by Professor Antoni Hoborski, an outstanding mathematician, the first Rector Magnificus of the Mining Academy (currently AGH University of Science and Technology), a co-establisher of the Polish Mathematical Society.

Articles published in Opuscula Mathematica are indexed, among others, in Emerging Sources Citation Index by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), Scopus, MathSciNet (Mathematical Reviews), Zentralblatt MATH (zbMATH), and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Programming Historian

The Programming Historian is a peer-reviewed academic journal of digital humanities and digital history methodology. It publishes tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching. It was based upon an original series of lessons written by William J. Turkel and Alan MacEachern of the University of Western Ontario in 2008. The project launched as an academic journal in 2012 at the Digital Humanities 2012 conference in Hamburg.The journal publishes tutorials in English or Spanish. It operates with an open peer review model, and all content is released under a Creative Commons CC-BY license, meaning it meets the criteria of Green Open Access publishing.

The project has twice won a "Digital Humanities Award". In 2016 it won "Best Series of Posts" for its English-language content. In 2017 it won "Best Series of Posts" for its Spanish-language content. The project has also been involved in social issues in digital humanities, conducting a self-reflection and survey into gender biases in the project in 2015 in an attempt to encourage more participation from female authors and reviewers.It is indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals. It is also listed among proprietary databases and other e-resources at Harvard University Library.

Quantum (journal)

Quantum is an online-only, open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal for quantum science and related fields. The journal was established in 2017. Quantum is an arXiv overlay journal, meaning the journal's content is hosted on the arXiv.Quantum is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals and the Emerging Sources Citation Index, and it is recognized by the European Physical Society as maintaining a high standard of peer review.

Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal

The Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal is a quarterly peer-reviewed open access medical journal sponsored by Rambam Health Care Campus covering medical research, in the spirit of Maimonides. The journal was established in July 2010 and the editor-in-chief is Shraga Blazer.

The journal is abstracted and indexed in PubMed Central, EBSCO Information Services, the Emerging Sources Citation Index, and the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Royal Society Open Science

Royal Society Open Science is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Royal Society since September 2014. Its launch was announced in February 2014.

It covers all scientific fields and publishes all articles which are scientifically sound, leaving any judgement of impact to the reader. As of 2017 the editor-in-chief, Jeremy Sanders, is supported by a team of Subject Editors and Associate Editors. Commissioning and peer review for the chemistry section of the journal is managed by the Royal Society of Chemistry.Articles published in Royal Society Open Science are regularly covered in the mainstream media, such as BBC News and The Independent newspaper.The journal is indexed by a number of services, including PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus and the Directory of Open Access Journals.

As of January 2018, the article processing charge is GBP 900 (USD 1260, EUR 1080).


ScienceOpen is an interactive discovery environment for scholarly research across all disciplines. It is freely accessible for all and offers hosting and promotional services within the platform for publishers and institutes. The organization is based in Berlin and has a technical office in Boston. It is a member of CrossRef, ORCID, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, STM Association and the Directory of Open Access Journals. The company was designated as one of “10 to Watch” by research advisory firm Outsell in its report “Open Access 2015: Market Size, Share, Forecast, and Trends.”

Walt Crawford

Walt Crawford is a US American writer specializing in libraries. He is primarily concerned with technology-related issues in the library sector. He has also written extensively on open access, publishing detailed surveys of gold open access journals based on data in the Directory of Open Access Journals.Crawford worked for the California-based national consortium Research Libraries Group (RLG) from 1979 to 2006. He was president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) in 1992-3.Crawford is the author of a variety of articles and lectures, and books. His book Future Libraries (1995), coauthored with Michael Gorman, is held by more than 1000 libraries. His other books include Open Access (2011), Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing (2012), and MARC for Library Use (1988). Among other things, he publishes the online journal "Cites & Insights", of which he is the main author.

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