A “preprint” is a research paper that authors have chosen to make freely available online while still in draft form and through multiple versions, with the rise of preprints representing another element in the broader move toward open science.
Open Preprint Systems (OPS) is an open source preprint server for managing the posting of research papers. Authors, after registering with the system and being approved by the Preprint Manager, can share their research as preprints, whether as PDFs, or Word documents. The posted papers are then made freely available online to be downloaded and indexed by Google Scholar.
OPS is built using the same framework as Open Journal Systems (OJS) and so shares the majority of its code base. OPS can be downloaded, for free, by any interested party and installed on a local webserver. Capacities and features of the beta release including the following:
- Responsive reader front-end with multiple options for content organization
- Author-led rapid publication workflow
- Online submission and management of all content
- Customizable to suit your screening policies, with several options included
- Integrated with scholarly publishing services such as Crossref and ORCiD
- Locally installed and controlled
- Community-led and supported
- Built-in support for a wide array of features from the OJS and OMP ecosystem
- Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, with more languages to come
In 2018, PKP announced a working partnership with SciELO to build OPS. In addition to providing seed funding, SciELO has worked closely – and continues to work with – the PKP team to make sure OPS is developed and maintained following state-of-the-art best practices and that its features satisfy the needs of a diverse community.
The development of OPS has also been financed by an anonymous Stanford donor who has an intense interest in global information access and who came to OPS by way of Simon Fraser University Library’s earlier reSearcher open source software product.