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 organisations, 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 organisations.
The JOLs are the result of the partnership of INASP, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and CrossRef. PKP developed 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. CrossRef maintain a multi-publisher linking network which vastly improves both visibility and accessibility of journal articles.
There are currently 295 journals across the JOLs, with over 25,000 articles of which 93% are open access full text. The accessibility and popularity of the JOLs projects have a seen a steady increase in use with over 20 million downloads since 2007.