Answered By: Linda Neyer Last Updated: Apr 12, 2017 Views: 30
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a website that provides a "one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals," defines open access journals as "journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access." They are free to users, with the publishers or authors paying publishing fees.
Since DOAJ only includes peer-reviewed journals on its site, yes, open access journals may be used like any peer-reviewed journal for academic research.
For more information about DOAJ, visit their About page.
For more information about Open Access, visit Peter Suber's Open Access Overview.