May 23, 2022

New Journal Article: “Criteria for Open Access and Publishing”


The following article was written by three members (including the editor-in chief) of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) team and appears in the inaugural issue of ScienceOpen Research. It includes an introductory editorial titled, “Rethinking Scientific Publishing,” written by Senior Editor, Sebastian Alers.


Criteria for Open Access And Publishing

Tom Olijhoek
Editor-in-Chief, DOAJ

Dominic Mitchell

Lars Bjørnshauge

ScienceOpen Research


This article gives an overview of the history and current status of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). After a brief historical overview, DOAJ policies regarding open access, intellectual property rights and questionable publishers are explained in detail. The larger part of this article is a much requested explanation on how DOAJ uses its new set of criteria for the evaluation of open access journals and the rationale behind choosing the seven extra criteria that qualify for the DOAJ Seal. A final section is devoted to the extended possibilities that DOAJ will be offering shortlyto scholars and publishers for searching the database and for uploading metadata. The result is a renewed DOAJ that offers a more robust platform, a more stable database and enhanced services to allow the upload and collection of metadata.

Direct to Full Text Article via: @DOAJ

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