While not everything on the web is free, increasing numbers of scholarly articles are available, without cost, from journal publishers. An open access journal is freely available to the user, using an alternative economic model instead of subscriptions to recover the publishing cost.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the internationally leading register of quality controlled open access (OA) journals. DOAJ aims to cover all subjects and all languages and increase the visibility and ease of use of all OA scientific and scholarly journals. In order to be included in the directory, the journal must either be peer-reviewed or governed by an editorial board to guarantee the content. It must also allow the reader to print, copy, and download the full text of its contents without charge for access. There are currently 5759 journals in the directory and 2462 are searchable at article level.
The Lund University Libraries (Lund, Sweden) Head Office hosts, maintains and partly funds DOAJ.