Directory of Open Access Journals Releases New Selection Criteria Draft

The Directory of Open Access Journals has released a draft of its new journal selection criteria .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

We have tried to construct objective criteria that can facilitate compliance verification easily. In order to be listed in the DOAJ, a journal must meet the following criteria:

  • Journal will be asked to provide basic information (title, ISSN, etc.), contact information, and information about journal policies
  • Journal is registered with SHERPA/RoMEO
  • Journal has an editorial board with clearly identifiable members (including affiliation information)
  • Journal publishes a minimum of five articles per year (does not apply for new journals)
  • Allows use and reuse at least at the following levels (as specified in the Open Access Spectrum, http://www.plos.org/about/open-access/howopenisit/ ):
    • Full text, metadata, and citations of articles can be crawled and accessed with permission (Machine Readability Level 4)
    • Provides free readership rights to all articles immediately upon publication (Reader Rights Level 1)
    • Reuse is subject to certain restrictions; no remixing (Reuse Rights Level 3)
    • Allow authors to retain copyright in their article with no restrictions (Copyrights Level 1)
    • Author can post the final, peer-reviewed manuscript version (postprint) to any repository or website (Author Posting Rights Level 2)

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