Journal Application Form

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

Read our guidance on making an application before you fill out the form. If you do not know the answer to a question, you can request help by contacting us. Review your website before making an application and make sure that the information that we are looking for is clearly stated on the journal site or clearly linked to from the journal site.

It is not possible to save your progress and return to the form later. Instead, we have created a spreadsheet version of the form and have provided some other tips to help you fill in the form. Guides to completing the form are also 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 selected "No policy in place".


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

A journal must have an editor and an editorial board. Only in the case of Humanities journals we will accept a form of editorial review using only two editors and no editorial board. Where an editorial board present, at least 5 of its members must be clearly identifiable with their affiliation information.

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

If "No" proceed to question 43

The URL should state that the journal actively checks for plagiarism and detail how this is done.

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

For more information go to

If "No" proceed to question 47.

For more information go to


Select all that apply.

Copyright and Permissions

The qualifiers for the DOAJ Seal

DOAJ promotes best practice in Open Access publishing. To highlight journals that adhere to best practices, we have created the 'DOAJ Seal for Open Access Journals'.

The qualifiers for the Seal highlight features related to accessibility, openness, discoverability, reuse and author rights and have nothing to do with the scholarly quality of the papers published.

To qualify for the Seal the journal must:

  1. have an archival arrangement in place with an external party (Question 25). 'No policy in place' does not qualify for the Seal.
  2. provide permanent identifiers in the papers published (Question 28). 'None' does not qualify for the Seal.
  3. provide article level metadata to DOAJ (Question 29). 'No' or failure to provide metadata within 3 months do not qualify for the Seal.
  4. embed machine-readable CC licensing information in article level metadata (Question 45). 'No' does not qualify for the Seal.
  5. allow reuse and remixing of content in accordance with a CC BY, CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC license (Question 47). If CC BY-ND, CC BY-NC-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. (Question 51) 'No' does not qualify for the Seal.
  7. allow the author to retain copyright. (Question 52) 'No' does not qualify for the Seal.

One cannot apply for the Seal. The Seal is awarded based on the information provided in the application. If you have any questions about any of the qualifiers, contact us.


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