Press release

26 July 2023 – Lansing, MI 

A new agreement has been announced today, enabling many higher education institutions in Michigan and Indiana to support vital open access library infrastructure.

The partnership between the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)  will open up the possibility for a broad range of academic libraries to support DOAJ. It will extend the reach of DOAJ’s existing consortial programs to many teaching and learning institutions and community colleges.

“MCLS is pleased to offer our members the chance to support the important work of DOAJ in advancing open access,” said Stephanie Davis, MCLS Associate Director. “MCLS views this partnership as a win for both DOAJ and MCLS member libraries in Indiana and Michigan.  By investing in DOAJ, MCLS libraries are contributing to the big picture landscape of open access as well as helping their individual library users locate and use open resources.”

“As DOAJ celebrates its 20th anniversary, we continue to see the number of applications for inclusion grow from journals seeking the quality stamp and visibility that DOAJ brings. We are delighted that this new partnership with MCLS will facilitate support from a wide range of libraries in Michigan and Indiana. Establishing this kind of broad support from the community will help DOAJ continue to adapt and grow to meet the increasing demand for our service,” says Joanna Ball, DOAJ Managing Director.

About MCLS 

Midwest Collaborative for Library Services is a non-profit, member-owned organization that facilitates resource sharing and collaborations with other organizations to benefit Indiana and Michigan libraries. MCLS has more than 650 member libraries of all types in Michigan and Indiana.  More than 100 of them are higher education libraries.   

About DOAJ

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high-quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.  DOAJ deploys more than one hundred carefully selected volunteers from the community of library and other academic disciplines to assist in curating open access journals. This independent database contains nearly 20,000 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. DOAJ is financially supported worldwide by libraries, publishers, and other like-minded organizations. DOAJ services (including the evaluation of journals) are free for all, and all data provided by DOAJ are harvestable via OAI/PMH and the API. 


DOAJ – Joanna Ball, Managing Director –

MCLS –  Stephanie Davis, Associate Director –

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