In March 2014 DOAJ implemented much more detailed criteria for listing, which enabled DOAJ to provide granular information enabling universities, research funders and governments to check journals for compliance with Open Access policy and mandate requirements. 
This led to a reapplication process that was a necessary step towards ensuring that all journals in DOAJ (of which there were about 10000) met the stricter criteria. The criteria were produced as a response to the increasing demands from various stakeholders about transparency of open access journals and to retain DOAJ’s relevancy and importance for the stakeholders in open access publishing.
During the last 32 months DOAJ has accepted 3,700 journals, rejected 6,500 applications, monitored journals on a daily basis, removed 1,450 journals and delisted 2,850 journals for not re-applying to stay indexed. DOAJ also receives more than 300 new applications per month. 
This large number of reapplications and new applications is taking longer to process than we had envisaged and the team at DOAJ are doing our best to handle them promptly and efficiently. We would like to thank you for your patience in these last months.
Please do not hesitate to contact DOAJ at feedback@doaj.org if you have any questions about your application.
We take this opportunity to thank for all the support we get from academic libraries, library consortia, research funders, publishers and aggregators.
Many thanks and best wishes for the New Year!

DOAJ is now more accessible in China

The DOAJ website has been moved from Google-hosted javascript services which were preventing DOAJ being used in China.

Some parts of China block Google and Google services. DOAJ was using Google-hosted javascript services for its search functions. We have moved away from these services, a move which is strategically vital if we want our DOAJ Ambassadors for China to have any success in raising awareness of the site and best practice in open access publishing.

Usage from China is only a fraction of all usage. We are looking forward to seeing that usage grow over the coming months.

Widgets! Embed DOAJ directly into your site.

Happy New Year to all of you! We have a gift: two shiny widgets! You can now embed a set of search results or a DOAJ search box directly into your web sites.

Embedding search results
It works like this: 1) carry out a search in DOAJ 2) filter and refine the results until they are as precise as you need them 3) use the Embed button ‘share|embed’ button at the top of the search results to reveal the code that you will paste into your web page. The results that you embed in your site update automatically as DOAJ updates.

Some possible uses might be: a publisher can now display a list of all its journals or articles, indexed in DOAJ, on its own site; a library can display all DOAJ indexed journals with no APCs that have the Seal; a researcher might embed a list of all open access articles with a CC BY license that are pertinent to her research group.

Embed a DOAJ search box in your site
You can also embed a DOAJ search box directly into your site, allowing your users to search for open access, peer reviewed journals and articles directly. A user carrying out a search in this way will be taken to the search results in DOAJ. The search box can be embedded into your site, library portal, web page or blog, making quality open access material more easily accessible alongside other content.

We’ve created a new page for the widgets which has a little more technical detail on how to configure them so they behave exactly as you want them to. As ever, we’re always interested in your feedback!