This article gives an overview of the history and current status of the Directory
of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). After a brief historical overview, DOAJ policies regarding
open access, intellectual property rights and questionable publishers are explained
in detail. The larger part of this article is a much requested explanation on how
DOAJ uses its new set of criteria for the evaluation of open access journals and the
rationale behind choosing the seven extra criteria that qualify for the DOAJ Seal.
A final section is devoted to the extended possibilities that DOAJ will be offering
shortly to scholars and publishers for searching the database and for uploading metadata.
The result is a renewed DOAJ that offers a more robust platform, a more stable database
and enhanced services to allow the upload and collection of metadata.