Journal Application Form

If you know a journal that should be included in DOAJ, please ask its publisher to complete this form.

We provide some guidance on the information we are looking for but that list is by no means exhaustive. Applicants are simply encouraged to complete the form clearly and honestly. If you do not know the answer to a question, you can request help by contacting us.

Currently, it is not possible to save your progress or for us to send you a confirmation email. We have created a spreadsheet version of the form and some other tips to help you. Guides to completing the form are available in are available in other languages (中文, فارسی, Polski, Português, Русский, Español, Türkçe).

Basic Journal Information

Only provide the print ISSN if your journal has one, otherwise leave this field blank. Write the ISSN with the hyphen "-" e.g. 1234-4321.

Cannot be the same as the P-ISSN. Write the EISSN with the hyphen "-" e.g. 1234-4321.

The name of the Society or Institution that the journal belongs to

The name of the platform, host or aggregator of the journal content, e.g. OJS, HighWire Press, EBSCO etc.

Somebody who DOAJ can contact about this journal

Select the country where the publishing company is legally registered

A journal must publish at least 5 articles per year to stay in the DOAJ


Select all that apply. Institutional archives and publishers' own online archives are not valid

This field is optional if you have only selected "No policy in place" above


For new applications, metadata must be provided within 3 months of acceptance into DOAJ

If "No" proceed to question 32

Use 4 digits for the year, i.e. YYYY format


Tick all that apply

Maximum 6. Keywords must be in English.

You can select multiple languages

Quality and Transparency of the Editorial Process

The journal must have either an editor or an editorial board with at least 5 clearly identifiable members and affiliation information. We may ask for affiliation information and email addresses as part of our checks.

This field is optional if you have selected "None" above.

If "No" proceed to question 43

How Open is the Journal?

Please remember that all the content of the journal you are applying about must be available immediately upon publication.

Content Licensing

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If "No" proceed to question 47.

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Select all that apply.

Copyright and Permissions

A note about the qualifiers for the DOAJ Seal

DOAJ promotes best practice in Open Access publishing. To that end, we are introducing the DOAJ Seal for Open Access journals.

The qualifiers for the Seal will highlight features related to the openness, indexability and discoverability of the journal and, as such, have nothing to do with the scholarly quality of the papers published in the journal.

To qualify for the Seal the journal must:

  1. have an archival arrangement in place with an external party. (scroll to digital archiving policy question) If 'No policy in place' is selected, the journal will not qualify for the Seal.
  2. provide permanent identifiers in the papers published. (scroll to article identifiers question) If 'None' is selected, the journal will not qualify for the Seal.
  3. provide article level metadata to DOAJ. (scroll to metadata provision question) If 'No' is selected or the journal fails to provide metadata within 3 months, the journal will not qualify for the Seal.
  4. embed machine-readable CC licensing information in its article level metadata. (scroll to embedded licensing data question) If 'No' is selected the journal will not qualify for the Seal.
  5. allow reuse and remixing of its content in accordance with a CC BY, CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC. (scroll to licensing question) If CC BY-ND, 'No' or 'Other' is selected the journal will not qualify for the Seal.
  6. have a deposit policy registered in a deposit policy directory. (scroll to deposit policy question) If 'No' is selected the journal will not qualify for the Seal.

A journal cannot apply for the Seal. The Seal will be awarded to a journal by the DOAJ Editorial staff depending on the information provided in the application form.


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