About the Best Practice Guide

The DOAJ Best Practice Guide supports researchers, publishers and librarians in their search of best practice and transparency standards around the publishing of open access journals.

It is developed and maintained by DOAJ, based on existing and new information.

This resource supports the work of the DOAJ Ambassadors as well as academics, librarians and publishers worldwide. Based on DOAJ’s Guide to applying and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, it aims to do the following:

  • Highlight the issue of questionable publishing practices;
  • Provide a list of resources to help identify questionable publishers, based on guidelines for editors working with applications to DOAJ;
  • Identify other tools that assist in making informed decisions on where to submit articles for publication, based on the Think. Check. Submit. initiative;
  • Contain case studies and examples gathered by DOAJ over 13 years of operation.

If you know of other resources that should be included here, then do please contact us.