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New - is OJS any good - ie worth the effort? or is it buggy?

Postby Canyon » Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:27 pm


I have a journal and am looking for options to reduce my admin time.

Is OJS a smooth process that will allow management of submissions thru to publication?

Does it allow reviewers to do their stuff online?

Does it cost anything?

Can I use my own server to host it?

Are there any better systems out there?

etc etc

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Postby asmecher » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:23 pm

Hi Canyon,

OJS manages the whole process, from accepting submissions, through managing the review process (allowing reviewers to accomplish reviews online), to publication. It's highly configurable and compatible and is built on the LAMP stack. It's free to download, use and modify under the terms of the GPL. The 2.x line is considered stable and is used in a large number of independent journals around the globe; however, like all software, we're still fine-tuning, adding features, and catching bugs with incremental releases. Since OJS is open source, you are invited to participate and we take pride in our quick responses and resolutions to issues on this forum. You can read about the server requirements at

Feel free to explore the demonstration deployment of OJS 2.1.0; it is linked from the OJS home page (

Alec Smecher
Open Journal Systems Team

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