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Journal Application Form

Before you start
Read our information for publishers, review your website and make sure that your journal fulfills all the criteria.

If you know of a peer-reviewed journal that should be included in DOAJ, please ask its publisher or editor 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 encouraged to complete the form clearly and honestly. If you do not understand a question, you can ask for help by contacting us.

It is not possible to save your progress on this form so we recommend that you gather the information you need first. Use this guide to store you answers in. Guides are also available in other languages (العربية, 中文, فارسی, Español,français, Bahasa Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, Polski, Português, Română, Русский, suomeksi, Türkçe, Українська).

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 carries out its business activities. Addresses registered via a registered agent are not allowed.

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".


If yes, 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. All keywords are stored in lowercase.

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 Arts and Humanities journals we will accept a form of editorial review using only two editors and no editorial board. Where an editorial board is present, members must be clearly identifiable with their names and 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

Copyright & Licensing help

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If "No" proceed to question 47.

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Select all that apply.

Copyright and Permissions

Copyright & Licensing help

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 hold the copyright without restrictions. (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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