This guide will help you publish a journal with Open Journals System.

Publishing with Open Journal Systems (OJS)

Publishing a Journal with UT Arlington Libraries

UTA Libraries provides services and software that enable UTA faculty, staff, and students to publish online open-access journals. Journals are published using Open Journals System (OJS), an open-source editorial management and publishing system. OJS provides a professional online presence and can be used to manage some or all of the stages of the journal publishing process: submissions, peer review, the editorial process, online publishing, and indexing. Articles are licensed for reuse using a Creative Commons license.

OJS is a collaborative, open-source software project maintained by the Public Knowledge Project. It has a highly configurable system for editorial workflows with features including the following:

  • 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

Library staff are available to consult during the planning process, to provide some customization of the journal's appearance, to provide initial training to editorial staff, and to provide ongoing technical support. This guide provides information and resources for both potential and current journal managers and editors through all stages--from planning to publishing.

Contact us at LIBRARY-SC@LISTSERV.UTA.EDU if you have any questions.

About OJS

Open Journal Systems (OJS) was developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and first released in 2001. PKP stats show 9,063 journals using the OJS platform as of 2017.

OJS is a roles-based system. Editorial staff are assigned roles and perform specific tasks within those roles. The same person can have multiple roles and switch from one to another to accomplish workflow tasks.

Editorial roles used in our open access model include Journal Manager, Editor, Section Editor, Author, Reviewer, Copyeditor, Layout Editor, and Proofreader.