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Open Hosting Service | SCURL Members

We offer a journal and book hosting service, using Open-Source software, to members of the Scottish Confederation of University & Research Libraries (SCURL)


Welcome to the Open Hosting SCURL Shared Service! We are part of a vibrant community of academics, researchers, students and librarians who all champion Open Access publishing and Open-Source software. 

This site contains all the information you need about the shared service, as well as about launching your own publishing initiative.

Visit the SCURL website to find out more about SCURL. 

For more information, please contact the Scholarly Communications team at

About the Service

Using Open-Source software, Edinburgh University Library offers book and journal hosting on a shared service basis to other Scottish universities and organisations. 

For journals, the Library uses Open Journal Systems (OJS). For books, the Library uses Open Monograph Press (OMP). OJS and OMP are web-based content management systems and publishing platforms. They can be used either to manage the full editorial workflow, including submission and peer review, or just for publishing online. Using OJS and OMP requires minimal technical expertise. 

The shared service is provided at cost on a collaborative basis, without profit margin or contingency for commercial performance claims. The service will therefore be provided on a best endeavours basis. We guarantee that the service will never be bought out by a commercial enterprise.


The current cost of the service is £1,400 + 20% VAT per annum. This includes all the services outlined within the scope of the service. Additional work outwith this scope is charged at £350 per day. 

Service Governance

The shared service is: 

  • Hosted and supported through Edinburgh University Library .

  • Led by a Steering Group made up of the SCURL shared service users. The Steering Group includes up to two spaces per institution, and meets four times per year. 

  • Governed by SCURL. A representative of the Steering Group reports into the SCURL Business Committee.   

Scope of Service

Below sets out what the Open Hosting SCURL Shared Service includes and doesn't include.

Service Inclusions:

 Service Exclusions:

Edinburgh Diamond, Scholarly Communications Team

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