Module 3: Roles in OJS



One of the most confusing aspects of learning to use OJS as an editor is the variety of roles you will need to oversee, such as the author, section editor, reviewers, and copyeditor. This module gives a bird’s eye view of a typical journal team in OJS.

In order to keep the roles distinct in our minds when we look at more specific tasks later on, we’ll introduce fictional characters to serve as examples throughout the rest of the course. In addition, we’ll take a first look at how OJS provides each user with controlled access to the relevant information for their duties.

This module should help solidify the big-picture understanding of the editorial workflow we gained in module two.



In the OJS User Guide, read the following overview sections:

Section Editors
Layout Editors


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Once you’ve watched the video, read the overviews, and clicked around within OJS, think about how the software’s workflow matches your own experiences. Is it a close match or is it quite different? Briefly describe your thoughts in the comments section.

10 Comments on "Module 3: Roles in OJS"

  1. Profile photo of Allison Hill Allison Hill says:

    As other have said, the system seems intuitive and there are clear benefits to having everything centralized in this way. As a student with no publishing background, I appreciate this straightforward overview of the editorial process.

  2. The OJS system seems extremely intuitive, I like the elastic nature of the system that provides a definite structure as to how works are to be produced while at the same time remaining responsive to the needs of the publication more generally.

  3. The workflow is very similar, although most of our magazines have a small editorial team and usually is the general editor in charge of the review process and editing of articles , do not have the roles of copyeditor, proofreader or LayoutEditor .

  4. My operation is sooooooo much basic!!! It is only me and another`professor.

  5. Profile photo of Greg Chan Greg Chan says:

    As a guest-editor, I have been part editor, part reviewer, and part copyeditor. However, once I launch my own journal, the roles will be more clearly defined. I especially like the idea of section editors reducing the editor’s workload. Since my journal will be a smaller publication, many of the roles will be collapsed:one person acting as editor/journal manager and section editors doubling as reviewers (and sometimes copyeditors).

  6. The advantage of OJS is how well it adapts to editorial workflows. This is important, because using OJS improvement editorial work.

  7. We have worked with a lot of Editors, all of them match that OJS keeps the essence of editorial process and helps tu simplify their work.

  8. Profile photo of Samuel Huang Samuel Huang says:

    The workflow of OJS basically streamlined the workflow of a rigous peer-reviewed journal like Journal of Gambling and Commercial Gaming Research.

  9. The flow of my job as editor of articles coincide with the editorial process whith OJS. But with OJS is easy to control when and how I sent an item for editing, revising or layout.

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