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Directory of Open Access Journals

Making its way around the listservs today:

Lund University Libraries today launches the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ, http://www.doaj.org), supported by the Information Program of the Open Society Institute (http://www.osi.hu/infoprogram/), along with SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, (http://www.arl.org/sparc). The directory contains information about 350 open access journals, i.e. quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web. The service will continue to grow as new journals are identified.

The goal of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and accessibility of open access scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The directory aims to comprehensively cover all open access scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system. Journals in all languages and subject areas will be included in the DOAJ.

The database records will be freely available for reuse in other services and can be harvested by using the OAI-PMH (http://www.openarchives.org/), thus further increasing the visibility of the journals. The further development of DOAJ will continue with version 2, which will offer the enhanced feature of allowing the journals to be searched at the article level, and is expected to be available in late fall 2003.

“For the researcher DOAJ will mean simplified access to relevant information said Lars Björnshauge, Director, Lund University Libraries. The directory will give open-access journals a simple method to register their existence, and a means to dramatically enhance their visibility. Moreover, by enabling searches of all journals in the database at the article level, the next stage of DOAJ development will save research time and increase readership of articles.”

If you know a journal that should be included in the directory, use this form to report it to the directory: http://www.doaj.org/suggest. Information about how to obtain DOAJ records for use in a library catalog or other service you will find at: http://www.doaj.org/articles/questions/#metadata.