Fostering Excellence and Transparency: Criteria for Journal Indexing by Open Access Asia

Isabel Blake
Communication Manager
Open Access Asia

Open Access Asia (OAA) has emerged as a prominent global resource, providing researchers and scholars with access to an extensive repository of top-notch open-access journals. A fundamental pillar of OAA’s mission is to uphold rigorous criteria for journal selection, ensuring the inclusion of journals that adhere to exemplary publishing standards and promote openness. This article explores OAA’s meticulous journal selection process, emphasizing its dedication to fostering high-quality research and advancing transparency in scholarly publishing.

Quality Assurance

At Open Access Asia (OAA), we prioritize the implementation of robust quality assurance mechanisms by the journals in our collection. We recognize the crucial role that quality plays in ensuring the credibility and reliability of scholarly publications. Through our stringent evaluation process, we assess various aspects such as peer review practices, editorial standards, ethical guidelines, and publication transparency. By upholding these rigorous quality assurance measures, OAA aims to foster trust and confidence among researchers, academics, and readers in the journals included in our repository.

Open Access Policies

One of the fundamental criteria for journal selection in OAA is a commitment to open access. Journals listed in OAA must provide immediate and unrestricted access to their content, free of charge. Open access promotes knowledge dissemination, fosters collaboration, and ensures that research is accessible to a global audience. OAA encourages journals to adopt open licenses, such as Creative Commons, to facilitate the reuse and remixing of published content.

Financial Transparency

OAA values financial transparency and encourages journals to be transparent about their funding sources and any article processing charges (APCs) or publication fees imposed on authors. Journals must clearly state their financial policies, including any waivers or subsidies available to authors who may face financial barriers. This transparency ensures that authors are fully aware of the financial implications of publishing in a particular journal, promoting fairness and integrity in the publishing process.

Editorial Processes and Policies

OAA critically evaluates the editorial processes and policies of journals to ensure adherence to fairness, transparency, and consistency principles. We place particular emphasis on the journal’s approach to addressing key ethical considerations, including plagiarism, conflicts of interest, data integrity, and the handling of retractions or corrections. OAA expects journals to have well-defined author guidelines that promote responsible research practices and uphold ethical conduct. Through our rigorous evaluation, we aim to uphold the highest standards of integrity in the research published within our indexed journals, fostering a trusted and reliable scholarly publishing ecosystem.

Digital Archiving and Preservation

OAA recognizes the importance of long-term preservation and accessibility of scholarly content. Journals listed in OAA are encouraged to employ digital archiving and preservation practices, ensuring the ongoing accessibility and discoverability of their content. This commitment to preservation helps prevent the loss of valuable research and supports the scholarly community’s ability to refer back to earlier publications.

Publication Frequency and Consistency

To maintain the currency and relevance of the indexed content, Open Access Asia assesses journal publication frequency and consistency. Regular and timely publication schedules indicate a commitment to providing up-to-date research to the scholarly community. Journals that adhere to a consistent publication cycle contribute to the growth of knowledge and maintain the interest of researchers.

Indexing and Abstracting Services

OAA considers whether a journal is indexed in reputable databases and abstracting services. Inclusion in recognized indexing services enhances the visibility and discoverability of a journal’s content, thereby increasing its impact within the scholarly community. OAA seeks to promote journals that have gained recognition and are widely recognized within their respective disciplines.


The journal selection criteria employed by Open Access Asia (OAA) exemplify its steadfast dedication to fostering high-quality research and advancing transparency in scholarly publishing. Through a comprehensive evaluation process, OAA prioritizes key aspects such as quality assurance, open access policies, financial transparency, editorial processes, digital archiving, and indexing services. By upholding rigorous standards of excellence, the journals listed in OAA’s database contribute to the establishment of a reputable and reliable body of research. This commitment empowers researchers, institutions, and the wider academic community with access to valuable open-access publications, facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and driving progress in scholarly endeavors.