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Key OJS Capabilities

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a flexible open-source publishing system that is used by over than 9,000 journals worldwide.

Open Journals System (OJS) logo licensed from the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-SA 4.0).

What functionality does OJS provide?

In its latest version (3.1), OJS offers:

User interface and reader tools

  • Easily customised and fully responsive reader interface that automatically optimises display for the reader’s device
  • Email notifications for readers, RSS/Atom web syndication feeds, social media sharing via AddThis or Shariff
  • Support for display of feeds and other custom content blocks
  • Multilingual support for the reader interface, editorial interface, and content
  • Ability to display HTML references on the abstract page, and to view and save the article citation information in a range of formats

Editorial interface

  • Intuitive administration dashboard with context-sensitive Help support
  • Flexible editorial workflow management, from submission and peer review (single-blind, double-blind, open identity) to production and online publication

Content rendering, search and discovery

  • Searching of article metadata and full-text using Boolean operators and wildcards
  • Support for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google Scholar indexing
  • Ability to capture ORCID identifiers and funding data, and to assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and Creative Commons licences automatically on publication
  • Support for full-text HTML and supplementary material
  • Rendering of full-text JATS XML as HTML
  • Support for a range of metadata formats, including Dublin Core, JATS XML and MARC21, and ability to submit article metadata to Crossref, DOAJ and PubMed
  • Browsing articles by author and section, article recommendations on abstract page, commenting and annotating functionality via Disqus and

Reporting and analytics

  • Article usage statistics and COUNTER-style journal reporting
  • Publishing and user administration reports, e.g. ability to export registered users, articles under peer review, published articles
  • Support for Google Analytics and Piwik web analytics

Range of Formats

  • You can publish your articles via PDF, HTML, and XML. You can also include supplementary materials, such as links to videos and podcasts.

Citation Downloads

  • You can choose to download citations in ten different referencing styles, in the BibTeX or Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) format.

Customisable DOI Patterns

  • Choose what format you’d like your DOI to be presented in.

Rolling Publications

  • OJS is perfect for rolling publications. You can set a new issue up, and allocate articles to it as and when they are ready. This means editorial work is spread out through the year.

User Account and Access Controls

  • You can choose whether to allow users to register to the site or create register accounts yourself.


  • You can post calls for papers, journal news, notifications of new editorial board members, and any other news you want through the announcements section.

New Issue Notifications

  • You have the option to alert all notification subscribers to new issues, which can help drive usage.

Fully Accessible

  • As OJS is an open-source platform developed for open access publications, it is easily mined by abstracting and indexing databases to ensure that article metadata is as discoverable as possible.

More about OJS

OJS is developed by the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. Find out more on their website:

Public Knowledge Project website

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