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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.

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 Hypothes.is

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

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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