Open Access journals, those journals where all of the content is freely available online, ensure the widest dissemination of scholarly information. Quality Open Access journals meet criteria such as those outlined by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) , the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).
This page contains many resources for editors of Open Access journals. Examples of Memoranda of Agreement for Open Access journals can be found on this guide's Launching a New Journal: Memoranda of Agreement page and sample Open Access publication agreements on the Publication Agreements page. Editors of Open Access journals will find that many of the resources on the other pages of this guide are useful to editors of all scholarly journals, including those that are Open Access.
Please contact Marianne Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance if you are considering starting a new Open Access journal or converting a traditional journal to Open Access.
We suggest that you start with the following. A more extensive list of resources for Open Access journal publishing can be found at the bottom of the page.
Applicants need to provide information in the following areas: basic information about the journal, the quality and transparency of the editorial process, an analysis of how open the journal is, content licensing, and copyright and other permissions.
If you are applying to DOAJ and need assistance, please contact Marianne Reed (email@example.com).