Module 6: Setup Step 1




OK, here’s where we start really configuring your journal. In this section you will learn about the first of the five journal setup steps, which includes basic information about the journal. This will provide important details about your journal to your readers.





Please read about Step One of the Setup process in the OJS User Guide.

As part of Step 1, you will see reference to Digitial Object Identifiers (DOIs). DOIs are not required for OJS journals, but if you are interested in learning more about them, these sites provide a good overview of what they are, and why you might want to use them for your journal:

Wikipedia: Digital Object Identifier

The DOI System

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Help

If you haven’t seen one in action yet, here is an example of an article with the following DOI: 10.3402/egp.v3i2.5175

The DOI is now often included in the citation information in reference lists. See, for example:

Brock, G. (2010). Being reasonable in the face of pluralism and other alleged problems for Global Justice: a reply to van Hooft. Ethics & Global Politics 3 (2), 155-170. doi:10.3402/egp.v3i2.5175



For this unit, login to your journal, and select your role as a Journal Manager.

From the User Home page, you will see a list of different options.

Select the Setup option, and go to Step 1. Proceed through the different fields, adding some information to each field. Note that some are required fields, and others are optional.

Once you’ve finished, select Save.

Now, go to the About page and you can see the changes you made by filling in the form. For example, you can see the updated Contact, Sponsorship, and History information.



Did everything work in Step 1 as expected, or were there some surprises? Was there anything you didn’t understand? Please post your comments below.


14 Comments on "Module 6: Setup Step 1"

  1. Profile photo of mehdi joli mehdi joli says:


    Why in my OJS 2.8 I can not see field of DOI in this setup step?

  2. Profile photo of Yola Yola says:

    Some configurations ask the help of site administrator, would be good from here by the journal manager of the platform can make changes without leaving the platform as such in 2.2 Peer Review, also that recent versions of OJS, change some points in these steps, as DOI settings.

  3. All is fine in this step, I think could be a great idea put the URLs about DOI into the form, so when de user is filling the form could be read and learn more. Many people dont know what is DOI and the advantages of this.

  4. Information is clear, is easy to fill the form, about de DOI configuration for recent version is not in step 1 i think from 2.4.0, the process for configure it change, now we need to go to system plugins, public identifiers, then in DOI option enable plugin and configure it.

  5. Profile photo of kevin says:

    The Site Administrator can block the journal from displaying on the OJS home page, but it may still get indexed. Adding this line to the custom tag box in Step 1.8 is the best way to block search engines:

    Remember to remove it once you are ready to have your journal indexed.

  6. Suzanne Preate says:

    Most everything was straight forward. The formatting is different for items entered in items 1.5 – 1.7. I’m not sure if that’s a style mistake or if it is purposeful.

    The one thing I was surprised to see was the option to prevent search engine indexing of the journal. I am happy to see the option but I thought this was the default until the indexing is essentially turned on in another part of the set up process. Am I mistaken?

    Thank you for the clarification.

  7. Ines says:

    Everything worked, only one comment: the third suggested reading about DOI (Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Help) points to a different URL:

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