Information Services

About the service

Find out more about the Library's hosting service, what we offer, our policies and the key benefits of using our Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform.

What we offer

The Library helps academics and students start their own cost-effective online journals or migrate existing titles and any archives, and provides a hosting platform, training and ongoing advice, guidance and technical support. Some key benefits of our service are listed below.

Free service

Members of the University of Edinburgh can host their journals with the Library free of charge. We will cover the costs for online hosting and backup, technical updates, and registering DOIs.

Ongoing help and technical support

The Library will support you at all stages of setting up your journal, including the initial configuration of the journal site and basic customisation of the user interface. We will also help you produce journal policies, provide ongoing technical support and provide good practice advice on academic publishing issues, including copyright, permissions, journal promotion and discoverability.

Open Access

The service supports only full Open Access journals, i.e. journals that provide permanent free online access to their content. Following an Open Access model means that journals can be read by anyone, without price barriers. It also helps foster collaboration within the research community, and allows journals to reach the widest possible audience and increase their visibility, usage and impact.

Flexible publishing platform

The Library uses the latest version of Open Journal Systems (OJS), a web-based journal management and publishing platform used by over 9,000 journals worldwide. OJS can be used either to manage the full editorial workflow, including submission and peer review, or just for publishing online.  Using OJS requires minimal technical expertise.

Key OJS capabilitiesfind out more

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Featured hosted titles

We currently host 20 academic and student-led journals publishing in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. The titles we host include:

  • Concept academic and practitioner journal that moved from print to online in 2010
  • Finance and Society academic journal launched in 2015
  • FORUM  postgraduate journal publishing since 2006
  • re:think  PTAS-funded undergraduate journal launched in 2018
  • JEAHIL  the first publication we host on behalf of an external organisation

Roles and responsibilities

More details on what you can expect from the Library's service can be found on the following page: 


There is a Service Board comprising Library staff, editorial representatives from both academic and student-led journals, a representative from Edinburgh University Press and representatives from our external partners. The Board meets twice a year and ensures the service develops in line with the University's strategic objectives and customer requirements. The Service Board reports to the University's Library Committee.

Interested in hosting your journal with us?

How to request the hosting service

Scholarly Communications Team

Contact details



Information Services
Floor F East, Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street

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