The UOC becomes the first Spanish university to contribute to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Subject:  Multidisciplinary
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With its contribution, the University is helping to advance open access in academic journals on an international scale.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a database of open access academic journals that aims to raise the profile, accessibility and reputation of the nearly 13,000 publications it indexes.

To help it with this task, the DOAJ has the support of its institutional members, as well as a programme through which entities such as libraries, associations, consortia, universities and research centres provide funding. Although the UOC is the first university in Spain to provide economic support, a declaration of intent that highlights the University’s commitment to open access, it finds itself in good company.

Other participating members include universities and research centres like TU Wien, KU Leuven, Sciences Po, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Columbia University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


All of the UOC’s scientific journals are indexed in the directory. For a journal to be included in the DOAJ, its contents must be published in open access, go through a scientific review process, and meet the standard international quality criteria for scientific journals.

The people behind this database are committed to fighting questionable publishers and publishing practices, and helping members of the research community avoid their pitfalls.

The UOC's participation in the DOAJ is part of the University’s open knowledge plan, which seeks to promote a model that is more committed to scientific knowledge as a public asset and that, in turn, raises visibility of the UOC’s excellence in research and education.