Criteria for inclusion in OpenDOAR

While OpenDOAR welcomes suggestions of additions to the authoritative directory of academic open access repositories, not all meet the criteria for listing on OpenDOAR.

For example, the repository or digital archive cannot be an open access journal, back issues of an open access journal or a journal portal – these are eligible for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).  In addition, the repository cannot be a library catalogue or a portal of links that lead to papers deposited on another site.

These are three main criteria for inclusion in the service:

  • The repository must already contain full-text documents, images or re-usable data
  • The repository must allow free access to the contents without the user needing to register and log in
  • The information in the repository must be of interest to academic researchers

If you know of an academic open access repository that meets the OpenDOAR criteria, please use this online form to suggest it:  if your suggestion doesn’t appear check that it does fit the criteria and email OpenDOAR if you think that it does. As suggestions are checked by human beings, inclusion in OpenDOAR is not instant!