Open Journal Systems
|Developer(s)||Public Knowledge Project|
|Stable release||2.3.8 / September 21, 2012|
|Preview release||2.4.2 / March 4, 2013|
|Available in||English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, 30 more|
|Type||Open access journal|
|License||GNU General Public License|
OJS was designed to facilitate the development of open access, peer-reviewed publishing, providing the technical infrastructure not only for the online presentation of journal articles, but also an entire editorial management workflow, including article submission, multiple rounds of peer-review, and indexing. OJS relies upon individuals fulfilling different roles, such as the Journal manager, editor, reviewer, author, reader, etc. It has a module that supports subscription journals.
The software has a 'plugin' architecture, similar to other community-based projects such as WordPress, allowing new features to be easily integrated without the need to change the entire core code base. Some of the plugins contributed to OJS include tools to facilitate indexing in Google Scholar and PubMed Central, a feed plugin providing RSS/Atom web syndication feeds, a COUNTER plugin, allowing COUNTER statistics and reporting, and more. Open Journal Systems is also LOCKSS-compliant, helping to ensure permanent archiving for ongoing access to the content of the journal.
To improve reader's engagement, PKP has developed a series of Reading Tools, which provide access to related studies, media stories, government policies, etc. in open access databases.
OJS has been translated into nine languages (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Basque), with an additional ten languages (Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Persian, Hindi, Japanese, Norwegian, Thai, Vietnamese) in development. All translations are created and maintained by the user community.
A strong user community has developed around the software, with many active participants, and significant enhancements being contributed to the project from the Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and others. A growing body of publications and documentation is available on the project web site.
As of December 2011, OJS was being used by at least 11,500 journals worldwide. A selected list of OJS journals is on the PKP web site.
The Public Knowledge Project is also collaborating closely with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to develop scholarly research portals in Africa, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Vietnam.
OJS, as well as the Erudit publishing system, is being used in the Synergies project, creating a scholarly portal for Canadian social sciences and humanities research. OJS is also being used for research portals in Brazil, Catalonia, Spain and Italy.
See also 
- "Subscriptions". Open Journal Systems Help. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "Open Journal Systems". Public Knowledge Project. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources". Retrieved 05 March 2013.
- Reading Tools
- user community
- Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology (IBICT)
- publications and documentation
Further reading 
- da Fonseca, R.M.S. (2004, June). Open Journal Systems. Paper presented at the ICCC 8th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Brasilia.
- Muthayan, S. (2003). Open access research and the public domain in South African universities: The Public Knowledge Project's Open Journal Systems. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Open Access and the Public Domain in Digital Data and Information for Science, UNESCO, Paris.
- Suber, P. (July 4, 2006). "Timeline of the open access movement". Retrieved 2006-11-28.
- Willinsky, J. (2005). Open Journal Systems: An example of open source software for journal management and publishing. Library Hi-Tech 23 (4), 504-519.