OJS/OMP 3.2 + OPS Beta Now Available for Download

February 28th, 2020 by  | Comments Off on OJS/OMP 3.2 + OPS Beta Now Available for Download

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to announce the arrival of our latest major releases. Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP) 3.2 are now available to download. With this release we are also launching a new addition to the PKP software suite, Open Preprint Systems (OPS), in beta. 

Dozens of dedicated user tests, community consultations, and feature requests have informed the many changes we’ve made in 3.2 – all of which will make it easier to manage, edit and publish scholarly material. Challenging technical work was also undertaken to ensure the common codebase shared by all of our applications is reliable, fit for modern requirements, and accessible to contributions from our community. 

Open Preprint Systems (OPS)

PKP is very excited to announce the release of Open Preprint Systems 3.2 Beta. This is the first new application added to our suite since OMP in 2012. As preprints are an increasingly popular addition to the scholarly communication ecosystem, it is important to have community-owned, high quality, and multilingual open source platforms to support the work of scholars in this form. To learn more about this exciting endeavour, including our partnership with SciELO, read The Road to Preprints and register online to attend our free OPS 3.2 Beta Demo on March 4, 2020.  

New Features

Version 3.2 represents a major milestone for our software. In addition to OPS, here are the most significant changes we’ve made since our last major release in 2017.

Versioning

By far the biggest change in 3.2 – available in OJS, OMP, and OPS – is the addition of versioning. Inspired and made possible by contributions from Free University of Berlin, editors can now capture changes to articles and monographs after they have been published.  If you’ve been developing your own code based on the software, this is a major breaking change that impacts custom themes and plugins. To help editors and editorial staff who want to quickly understand changes to the publishing workflow, we’ve produced a short video: https://youtu.be/HcSQiDj2-zw

  • PKP’s Nate Wright guides viewers through the new versioning feature in OJS 3.2.

Article and Editorial Statistics

Originally released in OJS 3.1.2, we’ve refined and added to this work sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing Service. The addition of article and editorial statistics to OJS enables editors to see the number of submissions, accept/decline rates, and identify how many submissions are sent for peer review and later declined.

  • Editorial statistics in OJS 3.2.

  • Article statistics in OJS 3.2.

Translations

In January 2020, PKP started using Weblate to manage software translations. This important change behind the scenes means big things for this and future releases. Using Weblate, we are now offering a professional-quality, widely used translation toolset. Work done in Weblate by our translation community will automatically be included in subsequent releases of our software. We expect this to revolutionize the quality, completeness, and number of translations available for all of our applications. OJS 3.2 will include complete translations for Arabic, Danish, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, French, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Dutch, Turkish, Hungarian, Finnish, Persian, Ukrainian, and more. All this is made possible thanks to our amazing community of translators whose diligent work and feedback are helping us improve the internationalization of our software.

  • Screenshot of Weblate showing the percentage of translation completion for some languages in OJS.

Changes to the User Interface

The following changes represent community requests and ongoing work to create a more user friendly interface.

  • Email templates and settings forms are now easier to use. 
  • Editors can now selectively edit metadata permissions.
  • We’ve made several small but frequently requested improvements to submission views.
  • We improved the UX of the default theme by implementing a mobile-friendly navigation menu that you can open/close on small screens.

Support

Earlier this month, PKP launched a new Release Notebook to provide technical guidance on changes that impact software developers, plugin and theme authors, and anyone who works with the application’s codebase. It is highly recommended that technical staff review this document prior to migration. For more information, see also our Release Q & A. Updates to related documentation on the PKP Docs Hub (e.g., Learning OJS 3)  are expected this spring. 

To download, demo, and view features, check out our individual software pages: Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, and Open Preprint Systems

For a complete list of features in 3.2, including release notes, visit: https://github.com/pkp/ojs/blob/master/docs/release-notes/README-3.2.0.

Thank You

Community contributions are integral to the growth and development of our software. From testing and translations to specifications and sponsorship, PKP members make a world of difference. With thanks to the many organizations and individuals who made OJS/OMP 3.2 and OPS 3.2 Beta possible through in-kind and financial contributions.

Comments, questions, and/or concerns? Please post your feedback in the PKP Community Forum.

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