Beta release of an updated OpenDOAR service

OpenDOAR is the quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.

What’s changed?

We’ve been working with our user experience experts and our users to develop a simplified and streamlined website with a more modern, responsive design. The new interface has been designed to work just as well on your smartphone as on your computer.


We are in the process of reviewing every record to ensure that it is up-to-date and accurate.

We invite repository managers to review their entries in OpenDOAR and submit any necessary updates via the service, or to

If you are using our API, please also refer to our new API documentation.

What next?

Over the coming months we will be releasing updated versions of RoMEO, FACT and REF. Our overall aim in completing this work is to move towards an API driven data infrastructure on which services are run, rather than a set of services that have APIs.

Future plans include integration with technologies like the Elastic Stack that will allow us to put state-of-the-art search, reporting and visualization tools on our service endpoints. We will also be developing new API endpoints for interfacing with repository and CRIS systems for data quality, automated compliance checking, auto completion and a host of other possible use-cases.

Through our services RoMEO, Juliet, FACT, REF and OpenDOAR, Jisc now has the world’s largest open access policy database, containing policy information on funders, journals, publishers and institutional repositories. Our improvement programme will allow us to continue to provide the community with a set of agile services better placed to respond to the increased complexity in today’s open access landscape.

For more information on OpenDOAR visit, or contact us at

The current version of the OpenDOAR service, including its API, will be switched off at the end of May 2018.

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