Module 1: Introduction to PKP and OJS




This unit will give you a basic understanding of the history and background of the Public Knowledge Project and Open Journal Systems, and you should be able to identify at least three important aspects of the project and the software.

Because this is a community-based, open source software project, it is important that you gain some familiarity with its background and feel comfortable becoming part of it.

If you become an active participant, your own experience will be significantly enhanced, you will become part of an ever-growing and mutually-supporting “community of practice”, and the project itself will become stronger and more sustainable.





Edgar, Brian D. and Willinsky, John. A Survey of Scholarly Journals Using Open Journal Systems. Scholarly and Research Communication, 2010, vol. 1, n. 2.
A major study of OJS journals, revealing how it is being used around the world.

Owen, G. W. Brian and Stranack, Kevin. The Public Knowledge Project and the Simon Fraser University Library: A partnership in open source and open access. Serials Librarian, 2007, vol. 55, n. 1/2, pp. 140-167.
A basic introduction to the Public Knowledge Project and OJS.



Self-paced courses can be a bit lonely, so to get to know some of the other people that are taking this course, please add a comment below introducing yourself. Provide your name, institution, journal (if you have one yet), and interest in taking the course. If someone has written something you find particularly interesting, post a reply to their comment.



If you have any questions about this unit, please post them here (after the existing comments, at the bottom of the page). Feel free to respond to comments or answer questions of your co-students too!


85 Comments on "Module 1: Introduction to PKP and OJS"

  1. Profile photo of Gabriela Gabriela says:

    Hi! My name is Gabriela. I´m frome Mexico.
    I am study in the University of Guadalajara and I will do these course that professional formation.

  2. Hola mi nombre es Vicente, soy estudiante de la Universidad de Guadalajara y tomo el curso como preparacion profesional.

  3. Profile photo of Rodney Rodney says:

    I have read the insghtful articles, it is interesting to note the figures from Africa—7%. i wonder what the current figure is on OJS

  4. Profile photo of Abdul Syukur Abdul Syukur says:

    my name Is Abdul Syukur from Indonesia. I am a librarian at Midwifery Academy of Mutiara Mahakam. I am interested to learn about OJS. hopefully I can obtain much knowledge about it in this school.

  5. Hello everyone. writing from Kenya

  6. Profile photo of Lucas Negri Lucas Negri says:

    Hello! My name is Lucas, I study in the University of São Paulo, in Brazil, and I want to learn how to use OJS so I can work for the Literature Department Open Journals!

  7. Profile photo of Celia Celia says:

    Hello! My name is Celia and I am interested in learning OJS; currently I work with OMP at University of São Paulo in Brazil.

  8. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    Hi Everyone! My name is Julie. I work for in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I’m interested to learn OJS.

  9. Hi to everybody, I’m Daniela, I’m a freelance managing editor. In the past I worked with commercial systems and I’m eager to learn about OJS.

  10. Hi! My name is Claudio Forziati and I’m a librarian at University of Salerno. I’m taking this course to learn more about OJS and improve myself in this publishing system.

  11. Hello everybody!

    My name is Pedro Araoz-Palomino. I’m from Mexico and Im colaborating at IPN-ENCB (National Polithecnyc Institute-National Biological Science School) journal POLIBOTANICA( a IT consultant and Im taking the course because I want to get the certificate that CONACyT is asking me in order to get access to the financial support that it provides to the mexican journals.

  12. Hello everyone! Currently working as a freelance for publications service of the University of Deusto in Spain on its website scientific journals and in the “Spanish Journal of Political Science” made by OJS. I have followed a course of OJS at the University of Murcia and I want to improve myself in this publishing system. Regards!

  13. Profile photo of Ana Ortega Ana Ortega says:

    Hi! My name is Ana, I am a Professor at the University of Zulia, Venezuela, and we have a project to create an open access journal for the Venezuelan Society Of Maxillofacial Radiology and Imaging.

    • Profile photo of Suzanne Jay Suzanne Jay says:

      Hello, I’m Suzanne, a student at the University of BC iSchool. I’ve taken on the role of managing editor for our school journal, See Also. We’ll be publishing our third issue in Spring 2017. For now, I’m learning about the platform and reviewing the work done by the two previous managing editors.

  14. Hello all. I am an undergraduate student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and am interested in working towards the development of a peer reviewed online journal aimed at talking about indigenous philosophy and its connections to western and eastern philosophies. Totally committed to online and open sourced approaches, but my first step is to learn this program. Just started today (May 9th, 2016).

  15. Profile photo of Lucy Gill Lucy Gill says:

    Hello everyone! My name is Lucy Gill, and I am a doctoral student in Anthropology at UCBerkeley in the United States. I am an editor of the newly founded International Journal for Student Research in Archaeology (, an open-access journal, and we are interested in implementing OJS. Therefore, I am taking this course to learn more about the program so that I can introduce it to my fellow editors and centralize our management system. Looking forward to learning more!

  16. Helo and greetings all the wonderful people on this forum. I am working in a Medical College that has been publishing its magazine for almost 28 years. As Chief Editor I aim to introduce OJS for our magazine

  17. Profile photo of Yola Yola says:

    Hi my name is Yolanda, I from mexico, my interest is to practice and knowledge about the OJS, as i working in this program for the journals the INIFAP in mexico.

  18. Profile photo of Adam Sacks Adam Sacks says:

    Many thanks for the doors opened by OJS for sharing information. I’m the Executive Director of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, a non-profit whose mission is restoring ecosystems to reverse global warming. The mainstream climate movement knows little of this hopeful and promising approach to climate, yet there is considerable support in the formal scientific literature. That literature, however, is scattered across many disciplines. In addition, there is ample evidence from land managers across the world demonstrating the feasibility of supporting nature’s approaches to eco-restoration.

    It is our intention to provide a home for this essential information. On a small budget it would be impossible without OJS. I look forward to learning to use the system, and all the excellent help you provide (as befitting leading educational institutions) will, I am sure, smooth the way. Great work!

  19. Profile photo of Jonas Brito Jonas Brito says:

    Hi! My name is Jonas Brito. I studied history at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil), but, at the moment, I am outside the Academy. I need to learn how to use OJS because I wanna help my teacher with a journal of History.

  20. Profile photo of P Moore P Moore says:

    I’ve been working a bit with OJS for a while. My new role has much bigger component in scholarly publishing, so I am looking forward to developing a more thorough understanding of the software and processes.

  21. Excited to be learning a new platform! I have some experience with Drupal, so this will be interesting to compare. I’m setting up a scholarly journal to this online platform, and I’m hoping it goes well (and fast, as I’m behind deadline).

  22. Hi everyone! I am Editor-in-Chief and managing Editor at ROJCED ( – an open access journal, and I want to have on all my pages different ,,buttons,, of Social Media – FaceBook / Twitter / G+ / share etc.
    How can I have this? Thanks in advance and thank you for all, best regards

  23. Profile photo of Diego Gil Diego Gil says:

    Hi everyone.
    I had worked with some journals using OJS, and by now I’m leading the implementation project of OJS as the platform of the journals of Universidad Central. So here I’m, ready for learning as much as I can about it.

    Thank you very much for the courses.

  24. Profile photo of Brit Paris Brit Paris says:

    My name is Brit, I’m working at the University of Calgary in Canada to create an open access journal for conference proceedings.

  25. Hello everyone. My name is Howard. I am an Associate Professor in bicultural-bilingual studies at a state university in the US. I was recently assigned the task of editing a journal. This was a gift(?)from upper administration so I could not say no. I have no experience, no budget and only recently received a graduate assistant for help (who also has no experience).

  26. Profile photo of Greg Chan Greg Chan says:

    Hello, OJS-ers — Greg Chan here from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where I teach undergraduate English and film studies courses. Right now I am on a one-year sabbatical to guest-edit a film studies journal and to launch an OJS-based publication based out of my department. I have just finished PKP’s “Becoming an Editor” course and am looking forward to learning more with “OJS for Journal Managers.”

  27. Profile photo of Susanti Susanti says:

    Hi! My name is Susanti. I am undergraduate in Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. Now, iam working as journal editor and journal manager in Journal of Legal and Policy Studies and this is my first time for me to learn about Open Journal System. Site is I want to connect with people in order to develop common projects and understanding about Open Journal System anymore. My email is Thanks!

  28. Hello Kevin and DHSI2015 colleagues. I’m an MA student at Trent University in the Public Texts program. I’ve been involved in publishing of various sorts, both editing and production, in the past. Always looking for new tools. Cheers!

  29. Hi! My name is Victor Gabriel Clatici. I am Editor-In-Chief and Managing Editor at Romanian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology -ROJCED. Site is I want to connect with people in order to develop common projects. My email is Thanks!

  30. I am Araceli Hernandez eScire, we are a team of experts who supported the Copyleft philosophy projects, we promote free software and open access to academic institutions, hence the importance know of OJS.

  31. Hi everybody !

    I’m Pedro López a Project Manager. I’m working for a consulting company in Mexico, we offer services about OJS to improve the editorial workflow of the institutions, we offer migration services for old articles, responsive web design, etc. all by OJS. I’m very interested in this course because I want to improve my skills to give a better service that will improve the publish quality for the research institutes.

    Thanks !

  32. Profile photo of Samuel Huang Samuel Huang says:

    I am the managing editor of Journal of Gambling and Commercial Gaming Research. like to know the OJS.

  33. Hello my name is Claudia Flores, i work at eScire in México as an OJS adviser, we provide assistance for editors when they have problems with their editorial process on the OJS platform. I am interested in this course because i want to have a better training and to be fully prepared for any question from editors and give a good service.

  34. Hello,
    Mi name is Emilio and I develop Institutional or Digital Repositories (IR). One main concern of IR users is connect their OJS systems with their repositories through OAI-pMH, XML-integration or… So, I decided to take these courses to be able to offer alternatives and good solutions.

  35. Hi! I am Victor Gabriel Clatici, Chief Editor & Managing Editor of a open access & peer review journal, RoJCED – Romanian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology ! I have great interest in OJS because I want to start in ,,the right way,,!

  36. Hello everyone,

    My name is Alexander Stip Martínez and I live in Bogotá D.C. (Colombia). I’m currently IB Biology teacher in Gimnasio Campestre Los Cerezos. I have great interest in OJS to commence the publishing of our school journal. I’m very excited to initiate this course and send my best wishes.

  37. Wow. I just finished the suggested readings. It’s crazy to see the growth in the number of journals! From around 400 in 2006, to 1,000 in 2007, to over 5,000 in 2010. That’s amazing!

    I haven’t seen any more current numbers, but I could just imagine how many journals must use the OJS now.

    Also impressive is that OJS is able to import existing journals. That’s one thing I was scared would be impossible to do when I first found this system. I look forward to learning more!

  38. Hello,

    Unfortunately, I cannot find the page for registering a new journal. Could you please help me?

    Juan Javier Rivera Andía

  39. This is a great introductory video. I am thrill with its simplicity and applicability. This is something I will definitely invest time into.

  40. Gracias por el video esta muy bueno sobre los diferentes opciones que nos aporta el que OJS proporciona para administrar las revistas científicas.

  41. Edil Torres Rivera says:

    Probably, I will learn more as we go further, but I am wondering if OJS keep tracking of the indexing of the journal such as ISIS?

    • Profile photo of kevin says:

      No, unfortunately, we don’t currently have the resources to track the indexing of all of the journals using OJS. It is certainly something we’d like to do, and we are working on ways to better identify our journals, and we may be able to eventually invest some resources into learning more about them — including where they are indexed.

  42. Josephine Sciortino says:

    Thanks Kevin – will take a closer look at the user guide.
    Is there a FAQ document that answers typical questions from authors trying to submit/register?
    I think I remember seeing one – but can’t find it again. thanks & Happy new year!!

  43. josephine says:

    Hi there, We have just begun using OJS and starting in 2013, authors will be able to register and submit articles, reviewers will also be able to review online. Can anyone out there attest to the proofreading and editing process through OJS? My plan for now is to use OJS to manage the submission and review process – in the future, it would be great to have the whole editorial process (start-to-finish) with OJS. Thanks for this. PKP – thanks for hard work on this project – it’s great!

  44. Ines says:

    Thank you for the video, it is a very good introduction which remarks the multiple options that ojs provides for managing scientific journals. I like the idea of being a communiity developed free software, and I find specially useful the review process, export plugins and multiple language options shown in the video, among others of course!

  45. Helmer Arley Soto Rueda says:

    The article “The Public Knowledge Project and the Simon Fraser University Library: A partnership in open source and open access” is a good summary about the activities that the Public Knowledge Project have made since its beginning in1998. It also presents the overview of its main open source products: OJS, OCS, OAH, Lemon8.
    (Kevin, Im not sure if this Comment space is done for these kind of comments, or if is just for questions and answers, anyway please let me know, thanks!)

  46. Helmer Arley Soto Rueda says:

    Some interesting figures presented in the article “A Survey of Scholarly Journals Using Open Journal Systems” :

    – The study includes many journals from South America 28%
    – Too many journals have started to use Open Journal Systems (“…growing rate of 81% per year on average…”)
    – Most of the journals have only their latest content published on OJS, (2001 -2009)
    – Graphic designers and Technical Support are the roles that are most commonly paid
    – Just a few journals pay for Peer reviewers (10%)
    – Generally, journals have no revenue..

    And there are hundreds of figures more that you can check on the article!

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