The Office of Scholarly Publishing Plans Rollout of Newest Version of Open Journal Systems

July 24th 2017
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The IU Office of Scholarly Publishing is planning its rollout of Open Journal Systems (OJS) 3. The Public Knowledge Project announced the release of OJS 3 last summer and they have been continually updating and improving the open source journal publishing software since the upgrade. The latest version of OJS offers more robust functionality and several new features, making it a major enhancement to the platform we currently provide to over 30 journals. We hope to migrate all of our journals to OJS 3 by spring 2018.

Improvements in OJS 3 include:

  • The ability to easily tailor editorial workflow to each journal’s specific processes
  • Less restrictive author registration requirements
  • The ability to change the design and layout of each journal’s homepage
  • Flexible and customizable permissions for editors, authors, and reviewers

We recognize that our editors will need personalized support as they learn to use and customize OJS 3. We plan to meet with each journal before next spring to provide one-on-one training. We are committed to making sure that all content is migrated correctly and efficiently. In addition, we plan to customize PKP’s extensive documentation to our specific OJS instance and our editors’ needs.

The Public Knowledge Project has created an OJS 3 demonstration journal for your perusal. We encourage you to explore OJS 3 in more depth and send any questions you may have about the migration or the new platform to If you aren’t one of our current editors but are still interested in launching or moving a journal to the new OJS platform, please contact us. The Office of Scholarly Publishing is excited to work with editors on this important update.

Contact Info

Wells Library E350
1320 E 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Jamie Wittenberg
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(812) 855-7769