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What is DOAJ?

The Directory of Open Access Journals is a service that indexes and provides access to quality, peer reviewed Open Access research journals, periodicals and their articles' metadata. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate "quality control" system and is not limited to particular languages or subject areas. The Directory aims to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals—regardless of size and country of origin—thereby promoting their visibility, usage and impact.

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How do we define 'Open Access Journal', 'Quality Control', 'Research Journal', 'Periodical'?

Open Access Journal:
We define open access journals as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the BOAI definition[1] of open access we take the right of users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles" as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory.
[1] http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/read

Quality Control:

The journal must exercise some form of peer review or editorial quality control to be included.

Research Journal:

Journals that report primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community.

Periodical:

A serial appearing or intended to appear indefinitely at regular intervals, generally more frequently than annually, each issue of which is numbered or dated consecutively and normally contains separate articles, stories, or other writings.

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What are the basic standards that a journal must meet for the application to be considered?

A journal must meet the following basic standards for an application to be considered. Meeting these standards does not guarantee a successful application.

Coverage:

  • Subject: all scientific and scholarly subjects are covered. We use the Library of Congress Classification Outline.
  • Types of resource: scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers in full text.
  • Acceptable sources: academic, government, commercial, non-profit and private sources are all acceptable.
  • Level: the primary target group should be researchers.
  • Content: a substantive part of the journal should consist of research papers. All content should be available in full text.
  • All languages.

Access:

  • The full text of all content must be available for free and is Open Access without delay (i.e. no embargo period).
  • Registration: User registration online is acceptable on the condition that the journal has a proper Privacy Policy in place and abides by global Data Protection rules. That is to say: user data will never be distributed without the explicit permission of the user; upon request, a user's email address is removed from mailing lists; all data held about the user will be made available to the user upon request.

Quality: The journal must exercise quality control on submitted papers through an editor, editorial board and a peer-review system.

Periodical: The journal must have at least one ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) registered at issn.org. In general, if a journal exists in print and online, then it should have an ISSN for the print version and an ISSN for the electronic version.

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What is the procedure for a journal being accepted into DOAJ?

Application

We must receive an application for every journal wishing to be considered for inclusion. Due to the level of detail required, we recommend that the application is made by the journal's editor or publisher. There are over 40 pieces of information that we will check for every application. The key point to remember when completing the application is that the web site states clearly and accurately the information required in the application. Here is an example of some of the things that we will check:

  • That the journal's ISSN(s) number(s) is registered at issn.org and matches the application;
  • That the title in the application matches what that registered at issn.org;
  • That the country of the publisher in the application matches that registered at issn.org;
  • That the journal has an editorial board with identifiable members; we will ask for members' contact details as part of the application review process. These will not be made publicly available.
  • That the full text of articles is free and immediately available upon publication;
  • That there is no embargo (delay) on the content being made freely available;
  • That the journal's Open Access policy is clearly stated and easily findable on the web site;
  • That the journal executes some form of peer review, that it is clearly stated on the web site and it matches that which is stated in the application form;
  • That the journal is Open Access according to the BOAI definition. By this we mean that the journal's articles have "free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."
  • That if the journal has article processing charges (APCs), they are clearly stated and easily findable on the web site;
  • That if the journal has any other kind of author charges, they are clearly stated and easily findable on the web site;
  • That the language of the full text articles match the language stated in the application.

Other information requested in the application will also be checked. If the information provided in the application is unclear or does not match what is on the site, or we think that it is incorrect, a member of our team will contact the person listed in Question 9. We will also look for examples of Best Practice.

Status updates

We will not provide status updates for any application that is less than THREE months old.

Acceptance into DOAJ

Upon acceptance into DOAJ, the journal is classified by the DOAJ team according to the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system. An automatic confirmation email is sent to the person listed in Question 9; it contains details on how to log into your Publisher account. You will need these details to upload article metadata. The journal is visible in DOAJ immediately.

Rejection of an Application

If your application is rejected, a member of the DOAJ team will let you know with the reason for rejection. A journal may reapply for inclusion more than once but no more than one application may be received at any one time. If you make multiple applications, only the most recent one will be considered; all others will be deleted.

Uploading or creating metadata in DOAJ

We strongly recommend that ALL journals provide us with article metadata in XML format or create the data manually using our metadata entry form. A script looking for new articles to publish to the site runs every 30 minutes. DOAJ is OAI-PMH compliant and once the article is available in DOAJ it becomes automatically OAI harvestable.

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What is Open Archives Initiative, OAI, OAI-PMH?

OAI, Open Archives Initiative, supplies a common framework to web communities that allows them to gain access to content in a standard manner by means of metadata harvesting. Read the details of our OAI feature.



How can I support/sponsor DOAJ?

We would be delighted if you donate to DOAJ. We rely entirely on contributions. Please read our Support DOAJ page for further information.

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Do you have any restrictions for the use of your site code and software?

The code used to generate the DOAJ web site is open source as are the various pieces of software used for the different features. The site or "work" is licensed under a CC-BY-SA license.

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How do I search in DOAJ and what information about a journal or article can I find?

Use the Search to look for journals and article metadata in DOAJ. You may refine your search results by using the facets in the panel on the left, or by sorting and filtering using the fields at the top of the search results.

You can choose to search on any of the following fields:

  • All fields
  • Title
  • Keywords
  • Subject
  • Identifier (DOI, ISSN)
  • Abstract
  • Author
  • Year
  • Country
  • Language
  • Publisher
  • Journal title
  • Alternative title
  • Provider

If you write more than one word in your search query it will be treated as a phrase. To search on full article titles, use " " around the title, e.g. "Is social, cultural and recreational participation a luxury for people living in poverty? An analysis of policy intentions and measures"

The search results in DOAJ contain the following fields:

Journal Title
The title of the journal. If there is a green tick next to it then the journal was accepted using the new criteria.

Publisher
The entity responsible for publishing the journal.

Platform, host or aggregator
The entity responsible for delivering or hosting the journal or content.

Publication charges?
Does the journal charge article processing charges (APCs)?

Started publishing open access content in?
The year that the first complete year of fully open access content is available freely online.

Journal Language
The language that the full text articles are published in.

ISSN(s)
Either the ISSN for the print version of the journal OR the ISSN for the electronic version of the journal OR BOTH.

Keywords
The keywords that best describe the journal, as provided by the publisher.

Date added to DOAJ

Home page
The URL of the journal's home page.

Journal license
The type of license that the publisher assigns to the journal. This may be a Creative Commons license, or an equivalent. Some publishers have different types of licenses for different articles. We list the most restrictive license in search results.

Country of publisher
The country where the publisher has legally registered their offices.

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How do I browse issues or Tables of Contents?

You can browse the tables of content for those journals where publishers have uploaded article metadata to us. Click on the blue, hyperlinked journal title in search results to access them.

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Which journals in DOAJ have a CC-license?

Go to this search of journals and expand the Journal License facet in the left hand panel. The number of journals per license is in brackets next to each license type.

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How is license information applied and displayed in DOAJ?

The current version of DOAJ allows publishers to supply license information at the JOURNAL level. Because some journals have different licenses from one article to another, we ask publishers to supply the license that best fits ALL of the content; this is usually the most restrictive license. We are working to give greater granularity to license information.

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What does the green tick symbol mean?

In March 2014, DOAJ started to implemented its new criteria for journals being accepted into the directory. All journals accepted after this date display a green tick symbol:
Tick icon: journal was accepted after March 2014 appears next to the journal title in search results;
Tick icon: journal was accepted after March 2014 appears on a journal's Table of Contents page.

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Can I use DOAJ with Javascript disabled?

If you disable all Javascript, it will not be possible to search the DOAJ. If you can switch off certain components and allow others, then you can continue to use DOAJ. Search will not work with Javascript switched off completely because some of the code that is required is served by Google's Javascript library hosting so if disallowed, search will fail. Other Javascript components are 'Addthis' which is our share feature that allows people to share items from within our site. Disabling this will simply disable the feature. Another component is Bootstrap (http://getbootstrap.com/) which is the framework used to build the DOAJ website. This contains some Javascript for some of its features. Bootstrap was originally created by Twitter and made publicly available. We're not aware of any data collected by Twitter as part of its integration into the DOAJ site.

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What happened to Browse? How can I browse journals by Subject?

The updated Search functionality in DOAJ combines the traditional functions of search and browse into one. This is an updated way of finding information, in line with the process of filtering and drilling down to the results that are required.

To browse for journals by subject:

    Starting at the Search page:
  • Select 'journal' from the 'Journals vs Articles' facet
  • From under the 'Subject' facet, choose the subject that you wish to browse
  • To see more Subjects than the 10 listed, change the number at the top of the facet from '10' to the number of Subjects you would like to see.

Only journals corresponding to the chosen subject will show. You may make further refinements by selecting other facets.

We will be adding a Subject browser to the site at some point in the near future.

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Can I find information about which countries have journals included in DOAJ?

Yes, go to the Advanced Search page and select 'journal' from the 'Journals vs. Articles' facet at the top of the left hand panel. Then expand the 'Country of publisher/publication' facet to show all journals published by country. By default the list is sorted by country with the most journals, in descending order.To see more than 10 countries, change the number at the top of the facet from '10' to a greater number.

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Are there other ways to find Open Access content?

Yes, read more about Self-Archiving and Open Archives in the Southampton Self-Archiving FAQ. You can also consult the Directory of Open Access Repositories and the Directory of Open Access Book.

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Why is the subject area that I'm looking for not covered?

This is because we have not indexed any journals in that subject area yet. Applications for journals in under-represented areas, or areas that are not represented at all, are always welcome. Please apply here for inclusion in DOAJ.

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Is there an RSS/ATOM feed in DOAJ?

We have an ATOM feed. The feed contains information on journals added in the last 30 days and includes the latest 100 items.

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How can I find out whether a journal charges author processing fees (APCs)?

You can find this information in two ways:

  • Go to the Advanced Search page and expand the 'Publication charges' facet. By selecting 'No charges', you will retrieve a list of all the journals in DOAJ where the publisher has told us that they do not charge authors anything at all.
  • APC information is displayed under each journal in search results.

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How can I get journal metadata from DOAJ?

The DOAJ service supports the OAI protocol for metadata harvesting (OAI-PMH). Thus, any OAI compatible service can obtain records from DOAJ. The OAI data is always up to date. OAI is well-established and easy to use. The base URL is: http://www.doaj.org/oai. You can add most OAI verbs and other commands directly on to that. Read a full description of this service here. Our current OAI offering is standardised around Dublin Core. We will expanding the metadata in it in the latter half of 2014.

You can also Download a list of journals in CSV (comma-separated) format which can then be imported into Excel or any equivalent analysis tool. The CSV file is updated every 30 minutes. To retrieve the data:

  1. Download the file to your computer
  2. Open the file in a document processing program like Excel or OpenOffice.
  3. You can then choose which format you want the spreadsheet in.

Please be aware that the data included in this file ONLY includes the data listed in search results and some information may be missing until a journal has reapplied using the new application form.

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How do I get article level metadata from DOAJ?

Article level metadata can be harvested using the OAI protocol. Read a full description of this service here.

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Do you have any restrictions on the use of your site code and software?

The data in DOAJ is licensed to you under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (CC BY-SA). The essence of this license is explained at the creative commons web site. (You may also be interested in the fine print.) The rights of the site-generated metadata, such as the Atom feed, are listed in the feed.

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Do you have a logo I can use to show that my journal is indexed in DOAJ?

We do have an 'Indexed in DOAJ' logo, in both .eps and .png formats. Please use the Contact us form to request it and a member of our team will check that your journal qualifies.

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Why can't I find my journal in DOAJ?

It maybe that the journal has not applied to be in the DOAJ, in which case, please use our Application form. It may be that the journal's application is pending or that it has been rejected. If your application has been rejected, the contact listed in Question 9 of the Application form will have received an email.

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Why can't I save my progress when filling out the application form?

It isn't possible to save your Application just yet; it's a feature that we will add in the future. In the meantime, you could try these two tips to help you keep a record of your application(s):

  • Before you start, print out a version of the form to use as a draft. The form prints best in Google Chrome.
  • The application form requires a lot of information to be entered into one place. Before you start filling it in, we recommend that you collect all the information you will require up front. We have created a spreadsheet version of the form for you to download and complete offline. For your convenience there are columns for more than one journal but you MUST complete ONE online application per journal.
  • Once you have completed the online form, BEFORE YOU SUBMIT it, take screenshots of your application.
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How do I log into my account?

Once your journal has been accepted in to DOAJ then you can log in to your account. If the journal has been added to a publisher account that already has journals in DOAJ then the login credentials will be the same; the new journal will have been added to the existing account.

If a new account has been created, an email is sent to the contact in Question 9 of the application. The email contains your username and a link you click to choose a password. The link is valid for 14 days only. Once you have logged in to your account, you will see your journal(s) listed.

If you have problems logging in, or you cannot see your journal listed, or you would like to merge two publisher accounts, then please Contact us.

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How do I upload article metadata to DOAJ?

Once a journal has been accepted in to DOAJ, article metadata may be uploaded as XML or created manually. If the journal belongs to an existing DOAJ account, then the publisher must log in to their account and then add metadata via the Publisher Area. For more information go to the For publishers page and read the 'Uploading Metadata' section there.

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I have uploaded article metadata to DOAJ but it has not appeared on the site. Has something gone wrong?

If you did not receive any error messages when you uploaded the metadata then it is unlikely that anything has gone wrong with the upload process. However, it is possible that the article you are looking for has been overwritten by another one. The URL for every article provided must be unique. We use the full text URL to match two versions of the same article. If you have provided the same URL for every article then only the last article uploaded will appear on the site.

Articles appear on the site within 60 minutes of a successful upload. After 60 minutes, the fastest way to check that your article is on the site is to search on the FULL ARTICLE TITLE with " " around it. e.g. "Is social, cultural and recreational participation a luxury for people living in poverty? An analysis of policy intentions and measures".

Articles are added to a journal's Tables of Contents over night so you will not see them there immediately.

If, after 24 hours, you still cannot find your article on the site, please Contact us.

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How do I get a Creative Commons license on to my content?

You may have an equivalent license in your country that is not a CC license. This is perfectly valid for DOAJ.

  • Choose the most appropriate CC license from the Creative Commons web site—refer to the paragraph below.
  • We recommend that you apply the CC BY license which is the most user friendly allowing for, among other things, long-term preservation and text- and data-mining.
  • If you have different licenses for different articles, only the most restrictive can be displayed against your journal entry in DOAJ.

How to choose the CC BY license:

Go to the Creative Commons (CC) web site (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/) and copy the CC BY Icon - you can also consult this: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Before_Licensing .

Put the CC BY icon on the homepage of your journal(s) and on EVERY article. Read how. Best Practice is that the license metadata is machine readable that is to say: embedded in the HTML, XML or in the PDF metadata.

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How do I know which CC license to choose?

You can find information on the different types of licenses at the Creative Commons web site: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ and there is even a page to help you choose the correct license for your content: http://creativecommons.org/choose/.

Both pages are available in 24 different languages.

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How do I know if my license information is embedded in the metadata?

When applying for a journal to be included in DOAJ, one of the questions asks whether or not you have machine-readable licensing information embedded in your article metadata. There are guidelines on the Creative Commons web site that tell you more about this. The information is must be embedded in the HTML, the XML or the PDFs. The emphasis for DOAJ is not HOW the license is embedded but that there is a machine-readable version of it. Here are a couple of examples:

  1. Displayed in the HTML on an article abstract page
  2. Displayed at the bottom of the full text

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Do case reports count as original articles?

When applying for a journal to be included in DOAJ, you should include case reports in your article count if they include the retrospective analysis of more than 3 clinical cases. When more than three cases are involved, the article constitutes "research."

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We have no deposit restrictions on articles published in our journal. Why does the Application Form ask for information about deposit policies?

Funders, libraries and authors can all access deposit policy directories to get an overview of publishing channels that are compliant with, for instance, funder policies. This is one of our areas where we are encouraging Best Practice. A good example of a deposit policy directory is www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/.

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