The online Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes and provides access to high-quality, peer-reviewed, open access journals. The DOAJ aims to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, covering all such journals that use a quality control system to guarantee content, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.
The DOAJ can be used by a variety of actors: researchers looking for a high-quality, peer-reviewed, open access journal to publish their work, policymakers wanting to foster open-access publication in funding calls, publishers looking for information on how to adhere to DOAJ principles as well as librarians, research managers, etc. With 10,555 journals (6,450 searchable at article level), 134 countries and 2,084,364 articles, the DOAJ is a valuable reference, with an international dimension, that ought to be in everyone’s toolkit.
All information on the site is available to both members and non-members. Users can search by journal and article, with filtering options, such as language, country and publisher. The FAQs provide information that is relevant to all members of the publishing community, particularly to libraries and authors.
DOAJ is a membership organisation (though membership is optional), with three membership 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 publishing.