Asian Journals Online (AsiaJOL) is a harvester which collects information from the Journals Online (JOL) databases of journals published in Bangladesh, Nepal, The Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The journals online databases cover the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of AsiaJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey.
Bangladesh Journals Online (BanglaJOL)
Nepal Journals Online (NepJOL)
Philippine Journals Online (PhilJOL)
Vietnam Journals Online (VJOL)
Sri Lanka Journals Online (SLJOL)
Indonesia Journals Online (IJOnline)

The site provides a means of searching any or all of the JOL databases by a number of indexing items including Title, Author and Keywords. The search results allow you to see which database the article is from, the metadata for the article and there is a link to the Abstract page of the article on the relevant country JOL which in turn will link to the full text, if it is available.

Journals are selected for inclusion on the country JOLs using the following criteria:

  1. They are scholarly in content, and contain original research (in addition to other content)
  2. Their content is peer reviewed and quality controlled
  3. They are able to provide all content for inclusion on the JOL (tables of contents, abstracts and PDFs of full text) in electronic format
  4. They are published within the specific country. Management of publishing strategy, business development and production operation are all run from the country.

The JOLs provide information on each participating journal, including aims and scope, contact details and general information. They also provide Tables of contents and abstracts (where available) for all articles published within the journals. Many full text articles are also available.

All the material on the JOLs is free to view, search and browse, however copyright of all content is retained by the journals or authors – each journal will need to give permission for any use or re-use of the content that falls outside Fair Use.

The JOLs are not publishers: they provide a service to the journals by hosting their content online, and actively promoting the websites to encourage discovery of the titles and their articles. Some of the individual journals also use the website to publish their journals and they welcome submissions from registered users.

How journals can join the JOLs
If your journal is not included on one of the JOLs and you would like to participate, see the criteria for inclusion on the individual websites (BanglaJOL, NepJOL, PhilJOL, VJOL, SLJOL and IJOnline).

If you would like to recommend new journals for inclusion in one of the JOLs, please let us know – we are always looking for more titles (

History of the Journals Online Project
The Journals Online project is supported by INASP. It aims to promote the awareness and use of locally published journals in all disciplines by providing access to the tables of contents (TOCs), abstracts and full text on the Internet.

The JOLs use the Open Journals System created by the Public Knowledge Project based in Canada. This software is open source and allows the journal content listed on the JOLs to be indexed through Open Archives Initiative search engines dedicated to research, which harvest the metadata for each journal article, making this work readily available to a global audience, and giving the journals greater visibility among the worldwide research community.

AsiaJOL and the country JOLs accept content from journals in good faith, with the understanding that the material to be placed on the websites contains nothing that is libellous, illegal, or an infringement of anyone's copyright or other rights. The JOLs retain the right to refuse to place any content on the websites, and to remove anything that is considers to be either unsuitable or could lead to legal action.

The views expressed on these websites are those of the article authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of AsiaJOL, the JOLs or of INASP.

Related Projects
INASP developed and managed African Journals Online (AJOL) until 2005 when management was transferred to an African Non Profit Organisation of the same name – see AJOL for more information.

AsiaJOL uses the PKP Open Archives Harvester which is a free metadata indexing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research. The PKP OAI Harvester allows you to create a searchable index of the metadata from Open Archives Initiative-compliant archives, such as sites using Open Journal Systems or Open Conference Systems.

The PKP OAI Harvester is currently compatible with versions 1.1 and 2.0 of the OAI Harvesting Protocol.

Support for AsiaJOL
AsiaJOL is grateful to Sida for their support of this project and to PKP for their ongoing development of the software

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