OJS 2.3: What's New

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OJS 2.3 is a substantial upgrade from the 2.2.x line. There have been significant changes to the underlying codebase, but perhaps most exciting to the community are some of the new features listed below.

For Users and Authors

- Improved User Home The User Home page has been significantly retooled. Users, at a glance, the status of any queue that might merit attention, and can navigate quickly to any queue with active submissions. Links to common tasks are also included.

- Notifications OJS includes improved notification management and support options. Unregistered users can sign up to a journal mailing list for notifications of new email content; users can control what kind of actions they receive notifications for; and users can choose whether they receive notifications via email, rss/atom feed, or both.

- Refbacks

Authors can now see at a glance which Web sites link to their article, and can publish those links so that they appear with their article. The Refbacks feature includes the ability for authors to filter and delete unnecessary or unwanted links before they are made public.

- keyword tag cloud

This new plugin displays the most popular article keywords in a tag cloud on the journal's sidebar. Clicking on a keyword will display all articles that match that keyword.

- Reference metadata

Authors can now add reference metadata to their article, which will in turn be displayed below their abstract or article. All reference information can now be edited and formatted apart from article content.

For Editors and Journal Managers

improved subscription support

The subscription interface has been drastically overhauled, both for subscribers and for subscription managers. Users can now purchase and renew individual subscriptions online, and enjoy immediate access without the intervention of the subscription manager; immediate "Purchase Article" access is also available for individuals. Institutions can purchase and renew institutional (IP- or domain-based) subscriptions online, and have their IP ranges or domain names vetted before access is granted.

Purchasing an individual or institutional subscription

Subscription Management is also much easier than before. A subscriptions summary page shows at a glance any information the Subscription Manager might need. Institutional and individual subscriptions are sorted into their own pages, and institutional subscriptions can be assigned to different users within the system, allowing for institutional contacts to change while their subscription information remains the same.

Managing individual subscriptions
Managing institutional subscriptions

- Content plugins: Static Pages and Custom Block Manager

Two new content management plugins have been included, both powerful on their own but especially so when used together.

The Static Pages plugin allows you to make as many individual pages as you like, which can then be easily linked to. Pages can include HTML and images, and are displayed just as any other page, with the journal's header, footer and sidebar. This is a great option for journals that need to display information that isn't otherwise captured by OJS.

The Custom Block Manager plugin allows you create new blocks, and control their content. Again, HTML and images can be included in a custom block.

Together, these plugins allow you to create custom content to be displayed almost anywhere in your journal, and in whichever fashion you choose. You can create static pages and add them to your home page; to your navigation bar; or to a custom block (or blocks) of your design.

Drag and drop; List sorting by column

You don't need to use the arrow keys to sort long lists of information any more! Items in lists can now be grabbed and moved around with the mouse, saving you from lots of repetitive clicking. Just look for the little grab hand.

Some tables can now also be sorted by column: simply click the hyperlinked column title and the table will be sorted according to that column.

For Site Administrators

PHP Quick Profiler

There has been one major addition that will be of use for Site Administrators: the PHP Quick Profiler library. The Quick Profiler can be enabled in your config.inc.php file, and show you what's going on behind the scenes: database queries, load time, errors, included files, memory and more can be tracked from the same useful interface.

The PHP Quick Profiler in action