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Publishing with Open Journal Systems (OJS) : Getting Started

Publishing a Journal with the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

As part of the commitment to increasing open access to research, the University of Texas Arlington Libraries are using Open Journal Systems (OJS) to provide online hosting for academic journals for UTA faculty, staff and students.  OJS is a collaborative, open source software project maintaned by the Public Knowledge Project.  The OJS system has a highly configurable system for editorial workflows with features including:

  • Online author submission
  • Blind, double-blind, or open peer-review processes
  • Online management of copyediting, layout, and proofreading
  • Delegation of editorial responsibilities according to journal sections
  • Management of publication schedule and ongoing journal archiving
  • Customizable presentation features
  • Multilingual interface supporting 10 languages
  • Support for a variety of reader tools, such as RSS feeds and share buttons

When you are ready to create your open access journal, the Library will:


The journal owners are responsible for publishing content (including copyediting and layout), designing the look of the journal and managing subscribers.  

Current UT-Arlington affiliated OJS journals:


Assessing Your Readiness

Implementation will go more smoothly if you have a strong sense of your readiness.

  • If you want to customize the look and feel of your site, you will need to be comfortable with editing CSS and HTML.
  • If you have staff predesignated to serve as journal managers, editors, copyeditors, layout editors and reviewers.
  • If you are moving from print to digital publishing, you will need to build a plan for communicating the changes to your subscribers.
  • If you have content hosted on another platform or backfiles in PDF format, it is possible to import the files. We can provide guidance on batch processing if you have a large number of files. Batch processing requires familiarity with XML.
  • If you are new to journal publishing, you will need to allow extra time to become familiar with managing the review process.

 The more complex your setup, the more planning and time you will need to invest.

For an indepth look at creating an open access journal, consult Developing Open Access Journals: A practical guide by David Solomon, 2008.

Request a Journal

If you are interested in setting up a journal, contact us. We'll set up an initial meeting to talk about your goals and the ways we can help.  At this meeting, we will ask for some basic information in order to set up the journal.  We will need: 

  • Journal name
  • Preferred abbreviation of the journal name.
  • Primary contact person's name and email addresses
  • Names and email addresses of editorial team

Once we have created your journal, you will be sent login details and you can begin to set up your journal. 

Subject Guide

Guide Credit

Thank you to Susan Harris and Heather MacFadyen of Dalhousie University for creating this guide. I adapted it for UT Arlington with their permission.