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Open Access Journals

Open access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader “without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

Aims & Scope

The aim of this portal is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The portal 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, the portal aims to be the ONE STOP shop for users of open access journals.

Definitions

Open Access Journal: We define open access journals as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the BOAI definition of “open access”, we support the rights of users to “read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles” as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory.

Quality Control: The journal must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control to be included.

Research Journal: Journals that report primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community.

Periodical: A serial appearing, or intending to appear, indefinitely at regular intervals and generally more frequently than annually, each issue of which is numbered or dated consecutively and normally contains separate articles, stories, or other writings.

Selection Criteria

Coverage:

  • Subject: all scientific and scholarly subjects are covered
  • Types of resource: scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers in full text.
  • Acceptable sources: academic, government, commercial, non-profit private sources are all acceptable.
  • Level: the target group for included journals should primarily be researchers.
  • Content: a substantive part of the journal should consist of research papers. All content should be available in full text.

Access:

  • All content freely available.
  • Registration: Free user registration online is acceptable.
  • Open Access without delay (e.g. no embargo period).

Quality: For a journal to be included it should exercise quality control on submitted papers through an editor, editorial board and/or a peer-review system.

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