The Journals Online project aims to improve the accessibility and visibility of developing-country research. By providing a cost-effective and secure platform for online journals, along with advice, resource guides and links to suitable technologies and hosting organizations, the Journals Online enable easy discoverability of the wide range of journals and research being produced. In addition to the platform, through the Journals Online, those wishing to publish their journals online have access to advice, resource guides and links to suitable technologies and hosting organizations.
The JOLs use the Open Journals System — a system for groups of journals to publish on community websites. This not only enables international access and visibility, but also provides journals with an online peer-review system. The JOLs are now hosted by Ubiquity Press.
INASP monitors the latest trends in scholarly publishing and brings relevant, cutting-edge developments to the JOLs.
There are currently 357 journals across the JOLs, with over 39,500 articles of which 95% are open access full text. The accessibility and popularity of the JOLs projects have a seen a steady increase in use with over 34.5 million downloads since 2007.