Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Directory of Open Access Journals

Worried about whether or not an open access journal is reputable? Then check the Directory of Open Access Journals (the DOAJ) and see if it is listed there. The DOAJ describes itself as follows: 

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 50% of which comes from sponsors and 50% from members and publisher members. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available.

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

What does the green tick symbol next to some journals mean?

The green tick ("The Tick") is displayed against all journals that were accepted into DOAJ after March 2014 when DOAJ launched its new criteria for journals to be accepted into DOAJ. The new criteria require a higher level of compliance to best practices and publishing standards. Journals that do not have The Tick are in the process of reapplying under the new criteria.

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