About DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

Advisory Board
Council members
DOAJ Ambassadors
Partnerships and Collaborations
Privacy Policy

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 organisation 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.

DOAJ's Mission

DOAJ's mission is to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language. DOAJ will work with editors, publishers and journal owners to help them understand the value of best practice publishing and standards and apply those to their own operations. DOAJ is committed to being 100% independent and maintaining all of its services and metadata as free to use or reuse for everyone.


DOAJ is a not-for-profit organisation managed by Infrastructure Services for Open Access C.I.C. (Community Interest Company) based in the United Kingdom. DOAJ relies entirely on the voluntary donations of its members and on sponsorship monies received. In March 2016, DOAJ received a grant from the IDRC for a specific timed project tackling the improvement of open access journals in the Global South. Neither DOAJ or IS4OA receives grants or funding from any other source.

DOAJ has an Advisory Board and a Council, the members of which carry out their duties voluntarily.

DOAJ uses the services of approximately 100 voluntary editorial staff who review applications. Volunteers are bound by a Code of Conduct and an Agreement that they must sign and return to DOAJ before they can carry out their duties. At least two references are requested from everyone who volunteers and all volunteers are bound by the Code of Conduct to declare any conflicts of interest to the Managing Editors.

The DOAJ Team

Clara Armengou - Project and Communications Manager
Clara has several years of experience in the scholarly publishing industry, recently working at Cambridge University Press as an Open Access Project Manager. She also works as a science communication officer at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, where she leads a project to to promote scientific research of excellence in Catalonia and to make science and research accessible to the general public. Conflict of Interest Statement (2016) Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Judith Barnsby - Senior Managing Editor
Judith has over 20 years experience in the scholarly publishing industry, working for a range of non-profit society publishers and service providers. She has a keen interest in publishing standards and protocols, and has served on the board of CLOCKSS and as chair of the PALS (publisher and library solutions) working group in the UK. Conflict of Interest Statement (2016) Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Kamel Belhamel - Managing Editor
Kamel holds a PhD in the Process Engineering and Electrochemistry from the University of Setif since 2005. He is author/co-author of more 27 scientific papers in international scientific journals (ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9099-8040), he has also presented more than 50 abstract books at local and international conferences. His scientific activities are focused on Open Access; Open Science and the chemistry of Natural Products. He is currently Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bejaia in Algeria and Editor in chief of the Algerian Journal of Natural Products (E-ISSN: 2353-0391) as volunteer. He is also the DOAJ Ambassador for North African Countries Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Lars Bjørnshauge - Managing Director and Founder
Lars was Director of Libraries at Lund University from 2001 to 2011 and founded the DOAJ in 2003. He became Managing Director of DOAJ in January 2013. He has vast experience in: change management; the re-engineering of academic libraries; the development of information services for research & higher education. He has been a strong advocate of open access and for providing services to the open access movement (open access to research publications). He is co-founder of OpenDOAR and the Directory of Open Access Books. Conflict of Interest Statement (2016)Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Sonja Brage - Managing Editor
Sonja Brage is a former Information Librarian from Lund University Library. She has a B.A. in English, Bulgarian and Russian from Lund University and specialises in applications for journals in the Slavonic languages. Conflict of Interest Statement (2016) Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Ilaria Fava - Managing Editor
Ilaria is a librarian with several years experience within the Open Access community in her home country of Italy, where she has dealt with Open Access issues at both a national and international level. She has been involved in EU Open Access Projects, as well as being a serving technical board member for the Italian Journal of Library and Information Science JLIS.it. Conflict of Interest Statement (2016) Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Alejandra Manco Vega - Managing Editor
Alejandra has a Bachelor's degree in Information Science and a Master's degree in Digital Media and she has around eight years of experience in information and knowledge management and also in scholarly communication at national and international level. She is responsible for the review of applications for journals wishing to be indexed at the Directory. Conflict of Interest Statement (2016) Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Dominic Mitchell - Operations Manager
Dom has worked extensively with the publisher and librarian communities both as a publisher, with the BMJ Publishing Group (UK), and as an account and project manager at HighWire Press - Stanford University (USA). He is responsible for collaboration with DOAJ's publishers, for DOAJ's technical development, social media presence and its blog, the DOAJ News Service. In 2019, he was elected to the OASPA Board of Directors. Conflict of Interest Statement (2016) Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Tom Olijhoek - Editor-in-Chief
Tom has a PhD in molecular microbiology and has spent several years in Africa doing research on malaria, sleeping sickness and meningococcal epidemics. He has been actively advocating open access and open science since 2012 when he joined the Open Knowledge community. At around the same time he became a member of the DOAJ advisory board. His current research interests are development of quality systems for the assessment of scholarly journals and articles, and research in the area of soil microbiology in relation to soil health and human health. Conflict of Interest Statement (2016) Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Leena Shah- Managing Editor
Leena Shah holds a Master’s Degree in Information Studies from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. She worked as a Science Librarian in Singapore before relocating to Bangalore, India in 2016. At the same time she was appointed as one of the DOAJ Ambassadors for India. Leena has a keen interest in Scholarly Communication and promoting Open Access in the region. She is responsible for reviewing applications to DOAJ from journals in India, its neighboring regions and Indonesia. Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

Rikard Zeylon - Managing Editor
Rikard has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Cultural Sciences and a specialization in publishing. Conflict of Interest Statement (2016) Conflict of Interest Statement (2018)

DOAJ Ambassadors

During 2016 and 2017, DOAJ ran an Ambassador program, generously funded by the IDRC, targeting regions of the Global South that could benefit from greater awareness of the issues surrounding open access and the importance of best practice and high publishing standards. DOAJ employed 12 Ambassadors from around the world to do this work for us. Their pictures and biographies are published on the DOAJ blog. New Ambassadors from Indonesia (September 2017) | New Ambassadors from Korea (December 2017)

From 2018, many of the Ambassadors will continue to work for DOAJ in some capacity.

Advisory Board

The DOAJ Advisory Board was elected by the community. Each board member started in August 2019.

Leslie Chan, University of Toronto, Canada
Jan Erik Frantsvåg, The University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway, Norway [COI 2019]
Mark Hahnel, Digital Science (Figshare), UK [COI 2019]
Rolf Halse, NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data, Norway [COI 2019]
Emma Molls, University of Minnesota, USA [COI 2019]
Anja Oberländer, University of Konstanz, Germany [COI 2019]
Solange Maria Dos Santos, SciELO, Brazil [COI 2019]
Lisa Schiff, California Digital Library, USA [COI 2019]
Steven Vidovic (CHAIR), University of Southampton, UK [COI 2019]

Council members

The DOAJ Council was elected by the community. Each Council member started in September 2019.

Shelley Allen, Emerald Publishing, UK [COI 2019]
Perry Collins, University of Florida Libraries, USA [COI 2019]
Frederick Fenter, Frontiers, Switzerland [COI 2019]
Dora Elvira García-González, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico[COI 2019]
Piero Grandesso, University of Bologna, Italy [COI 2019]
Christian Knudsen, Royal Danish Library, Denmark [COI 2019]
Suzanne Kemperman, OCLC, USA [COI 2019]
Gail McMillan, Virginia Tech and University Libraries, USA [COI 2019]
Donna McRostie, Virginia Tech and University Libraries, Australia [COI 2019]
Rainer Rees-Mertins, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland [COI 2019]
Karen Rowlett, University of Reading, UK [COI 2019]
Stephanie Savage, University of British Columbia, USA [COI 2019]
Franck Vasquez, MDPI AG, Switzerland [COI 2019]

Partnerships and Collaborations

DOAJ partners with a broad range of organisations. The nature of the partnership varies and includes contracts for work, collaborations, initiative signatories or access to information resources that assist with our application review process.

DOAJ is an adopting organisation of the C4DISC Joint Statement of Principles. Adopting the Joint Statement of Principles is a show of support for improving diversity and inclusion in scholarly communications.

COPE - Member since 2017  We are a member of, and subscribe to the principles of, COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)

Privacy Policy

DOAJ's Privacy Information Notice can be found here. This document was created in response to requirements laid out by the GDPR and has exensively followed the advice provided by the UK independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, the ICO.


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