DOAJ is an acronym stands for ‘Directory of Open Access Journals’, It is a service that provides online access to quality controlled for Open Access Journals. It is a website that lists open access journals and is maintained by Infrastructure Services for Open Access. The project defines open access journals as scientific and scholarly journals that meet high-quality standards by exercising peer review or editorial quality control and use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. The Budapest Open Access Initiative’s definition of open access is used to define required rights given to users, for the journal to be included in the DOAJ, as the rights to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles. DOAJ aims to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. DOAJ

As of March 2015, the database contained records for 10,000 journals. Averages of four journals were being added each day in 2012.

In May 2016, DOAJ announced that they had removed approximately 3,300 journals from their database to provide better reliability on the content listed on it. The journals that were removed can reapply as part of an ongoing procedure. As of April 2017, the database contains 9,434 Journals 2,476,587 Articles (

The main intention of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to enhance the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.

The Directory of Open Access Journals aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.

Coverage of DOAJ:

i. Subject: All scientific and scholarly subjects are covered as per the norms of the directory journals of more than 51 subjects are included.

ii. Types of resource: All Scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers are available in full text.

iii. Acceptable sources: Academic, government, commercial, non-profit private sources are all acceptable.

iv. Level: The target group for included journals should be primarily for researchers.

v. Content: A significant part of the journal consists of original research and review papers. All content must be available in full text.

vi. All languages Accessibility.

vii. All content freely available.

viii. Registration: Free user registration online is acceptable.

ix. Open Access without delay.

Original Reference Article:

  • A Study of Citation Analysis of Psychology Journal Available in Directory of Open Access Journals.

Md. Ashikuzzaman

Work at North South University Library, Bangladesh.

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