3. Viewing and Reading Overview

By default, Open Journal Systems is installed with a very simple, functional user interface. This includes a top header, a top navigation bar, a series of navigation blocks to the right, and a main content block in the middle of the page.

The following image is a screenshot of an OJS Demonstration Journal Table of Contents:

Figure 1.1. Open Journal Systems Table of Contents

Open Journal Systems Table of Contents

The next images show HTML and PDF versions of an article from the table of contents, including the Reading Tools in the right column.

Figure 1.2. Open Journal Systems HTML Article View

Open Journal Systems HTML Article View

Figure 1.3. Open Journal Systems PDF Article View

Open Journal Systems PDF Article View

PDFs can also be view in a full-screen mode, for a more present, uninterrupted reading experience.

Figure 1.4. Open Journal Systems PDF Article View -- Full-screen

Open Journal Systems PDF Article View -- Full-screen

Finally, it's worth noting that both HTML and PDF galleys can be easily read on mobile devices, without the need of any special apps (aside from a web browser, of course).

Figure 1.5. Open Journal Systems HTML on iPhone

Open Journal Systems HTML on iPhone

Figure 1.6. Open Journal Systems PDF on iPhone

Open Journal Systems PDF on iPhone

The OJS interface can be extensively customized by uploading new stylesheets at the site, journal, and article level, and by various other journal-specific customizations. For the advanced user, the underlying template system can also be modified. As open source software, you are free to customize OJS as you wish.