About DOAB

Purpose of DOAB

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

Metadata harvesting and content dissemination

OAI harvesting
DOAB supports the OAI protocol for metadata harvesting (OAI-PMH). Service providers and libraries can use the protocol to harvest the metadata of the records from DOAB for inclusion in their collections and catalogues.

Technical information
Base URL: http://www.doabooks.org/oai
Metadata format: All books in DOAB are available in Dublin Core oai_dc and MARCXML formats.
Sets: All subject areas and all publishers in DOAB are defined as a set.
Few examples using OAI verbs and parameters
ListIdentifiers verb:
ListRecords verb: from date
ListRecords verb: specific publisher
GetRecord verb:
Harvesting records in MARCXML format:

Libraries and aggregators can also download the list of records in DOAB in a comma-separated format. Then they can import the file to Excel or some other software program for further use.

Metadata license
All metadata feeds are available under a CC0 1.0 license.

DOAB search box on your website

Click here to create a DOAB search box on your own website, such as this one:


Information for Publishers

DOAB determines requirements for participation by publishers, in consultation with the participating publishers and DOAB Advisory Board.

The current requirements have been specified by the OAPEN Foundation in consultation with OASPA. The current requirements to take part in DOAB are twofold:

  • Academic books in DOAB shall be available under an Open Access license (such as a Creative Commons license)
  • Academic books in DOAB shall be subjected to independent and external peer review prior to publication
The policies and procedures regarding peer review and licensing should be clearly outlined on the publisher's website. More information about these requirements can be found in the Statement on Open Access (Appendix II of the OASPA bylaws).

Publishers who wish to take part in DOAB must fill in the application form. In this form they describe their license policy (or policies) and their peer review procedures. This information is reviewed by DOAB. After approval publishers get access to DOAB admin tool where they can upload their books.

Upload procedures
Publishers are responsible for their own information about their company and their publications. They are requested to upload the information about their books themselves. Publishers receive an account where they can upload and edit their information. There are two basic methods to upload the metadata of books:

  • book by book, through an online form.
  • in bulk, by creating a file with the information in a specified format.
    The specifications of the fields to use can be downloaded here. For more information, see: DOAB Metadata.

Who is responsible for DOAB

The Directory of Open Access Books is a service of DOAB Foundation. DOAB Foundation is a non-profit legal entity under Dutch law (‘stichting’), established by OAPEN Foundation and OpenEdition. The Foundation is based at the National Library in The Hague.

Board of Directors:
Pierre Mounier (Deputy Director of OpenEdition and co-coordinator of OPERAS
Eelco Ferwerda (Director of OAPEN Foundation)

Supervisory Board:
Bas Savenije (OAPEN Foundation)
Lucinda Jones (National Library of the Netherlands)
Marie Masclet de Barbarin (Aix-Marseille University)
Didier Torny (CNRS)
Neil Jacobs (Jisc)

DOAB was established by OAPEN Foundation in close cooperation with Lars Bjørnshauge and Salam Baker Shanawa (director of SemperTool), who were also responsible for the development of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). SemperTool develops and maintains the DOAB system.


OAPEN Foundation is a member of OASPA (http://oaspa.org), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. OAPEN works closely with OASPA to establish membership guidelines for OA book publishers (http://oaspa.org/membership/membership-criteria/).

Member of OASPA


Selected by SCOSS: In December 2019, SCOSS, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services, announced it had vetted DOAB (together with OAPEN), and selected both infrastructures for their second funding cycle.
'IFLA/Brill Open Access award' DOAB received the 2015 IFLA/Brill Open Access award, which was created to reward initiatives that facilitate and/or promote Open Access scholarly monographs in the humanities or social sciences. The jury recognised DOAB’s ‘invaluable worth by becoming the central hub of the global infrastructure for open access book publishing.’
'Best Free Reference Web Site' DOAB was selected as one of the MARS Best Free Reference Web Sites for 2013, voted for by member librarians from around the United States. ‘MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference’ is a section of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association (ALA).
'Best New Product' DOAB received the Best New Product award in the 2012 series of awards for the best and worst electronic products of interest to libraries, sponsored by the Charleston Advisor. The Charleston Advisor publishes reviews of online resources for libraries. All reviews are peer-reviewed by librarians.


Privacy policy

Privacy Policy

This privacy statement describes how DOAB Foundation collects and uses data while browsing this website or using our API. We are committed to ensuring that your personal details are protected when you use our website, or API. If you have any questions about how we use your personal information or comply with data protection legislation, please contact us.

What information do we collect?

DOAB uses the MailChimp platform to send newsletters. It collects data needed to identify you (name and affiliation) and an email address. More information on how MailChimp uses data when you sign up for a newsletter can be found on this page.
We use Google Analytics to measure the use of the DOAB website. It collects data about your activities that does not personally or directly identify you when you visit our website. This information may include content you view, the date and time that you viewed the content or your location information associated with your IP address. DOAB Foundation uses this information to improve the structure and content of our website. More information on how Google uses data when you use the DOAB website can be found on this page.
Contact and login details
We collect contact information for the publisher’s admin account, name and email address of the person who is authorised to upload metadata of OA books to DOAB.

How do we use this information?

The analytics information retrieved only helps in improving the website, or getting usage data at a very generic level. The login information is used to manage access to the admin site.

Will DOAB share your personal details with anyone else?

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless disclosure is required by law. If you feel that this site is not following its stated privacy policy, you may contact us. We will be sure to address your concerns.

Acceptable Use Policy and Conditions of Use

This Acceptable Use Policy and Conditions of Use (“AUP”) defines the rules and conditions that govern your access to and use (including transmission, processing, and storage of data) of the resources and services (“Services”) as granted by DOAB Foundation, for the purpose of collecting and providing access to the metadata of and links to Open Access Monographs hosted on various Open Access platforms, as well as providing a certification on the Peer Review process conducted by publishers that are listed in DOAB.

  1. You shall only use the Services in a manner consistent with the purposes and limitations described above; you shall show consideration towards other users including by not causing harm to the Services; you have an obligation to collaborate in the resolution of issues arising from your use of the Services.
  2. You shall only use the Services for lawful purposes and not breach, attempt to breach, nor circumvent administrative or security controls.
  3. You shall respect intellectual property and confidentiality agreements.
  4. You shall protect your access credentials (e.g. passwords, private keys or multi-factor tokens); no intentional sharing is permitted.
  5. You shall keep your registered information correct and up to date.
  6. You shall promptly report known or suspected security breaches, credential compromise, or misuse to the security contact stated below; and report any compromised credentials to the relevant issuing authorities.
  7. Reliance on the Services shall only be to the extent specified by any applicable service level agreements listed below. Use without such agreements is at your own risk.
  8. Your personal data will be processed in accordance with the privacy statements referenced below.
  9. Your use of the Services may be restricted or suspended, for administrative, operational, or security reasons, without prior notice and without compensation.
  10. If you violate these rules, you may be liable for the consequences, which may include your account being suspended and a report being made to your home organisation or to law enforcement.

The administrative contacts for this AUP are: e.ferwerda_at_oapen.org & pierre.mounier_at_openedition.org

The security contact for this AUP is: r.snijder_at_oapen.org

The privacy statements are located at: https://www.doabooks.org/doab?func=about

This AUP is based on AARC-I044: Implementers Guide to the WISE Baseline Acceptable Use Policy


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