DOAJ is a community-curated list of open access journals. Its mission, in part, is "to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language."
Although DOAJ 's collection contains more than 14,000 journals, only about 1,357 meet the standards for the DOAJ's "Seal of Approval". Therefore, before deciding to use a source you find in the DOAJ, be sure to cross-check your search results with DOAJ's list of journals that have received its seal of approval or look for this orange seal:
What is the DOAJ Seal of Approval for Open Access Journals?
"The DOAJ Seal is a mark of certification for open access journals, awarded by DOAJ to journals that achieve a high level of openness, adhere to Best Practice and high publishing standards. To receive the Seal, the journal must comply with the following 7 conditions:
- use DOIs as permanent identifiers;
- provides DOAJ with article metadata;
- deposits content with a long term digital preservation or archiving program;
- embeds machine-readable CC licensing information in articles;
- allows generous reuse and mixing of content, in accordance with a CC BY, CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC license;
- has a deposit policy registered wíth a deposit policy registry;
- allows the author to hold the copyright without restrictions"
About DOAJ. (2019). Retrieved December 19, 2019, from DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals website: https://doaj.org/about
Frequently Asked Questions. (2019). Retrieved December 19, 2019, from DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals website: https://doaj.org/faq#seal