The new website brings with it changes to the way your publisher account works. The changes are focussed around managing your account, your records and the application form. Our basic criteria for inclusion are not changing.

If you have any questions about the changes, please contact our helpdesk.

Logging in, registering and your account

  • You must be registered and logged in to the website to submit an application.
  • If you are submitting an application on behalf of a multi-journal publisher with journals in DOAJ already, you should contact the DOAJ account holder at your organisation.
  • An email address can only be used once in our new system. (We will be contacting individuals whose email address is linked to more than one account.)
  • Account holders can manage their account under ‘My Account’: ‘Settings’.
  • Account holders can find their API keys under ‘My Account’: ‘Settings’.

Your journals, applications and update requests

  • All publisher accounts now have a “Publisher dashboard”. Here you can find your journals, applications in progress or submitted, and updates you have submitted.
  • We now offer a view of submitted applications as a record of applications that you have in progress with us.
  • Publishers will need to log in and update their journal information once the new site is live.
  • The process for uploading XML or entering article metadata has not changed.

The application form and our criteria

  • You can save a draft of an application so that you can come back to it later.
  • We have removed some questions to make the form shorter and easier to complete.
  • We have changed the way that you can answer some questions: you may now choose more than one license type (rather than just the most restrictive) and more than one type of peer review.
  • We have added three new questions: society country, whether or not ORCiD IDs are present in metadata, and I4OC compliance. (These are not required for inclusion.)
  • We have not changed our criteria.
  • We have rewritten our criteria in plain English and made the distinction between Basic criteria and Seal criteria clearer, both in our documentation and in the form.

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