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Open Journal Systems (OJS) at CSUDH


The University Library provides services and software that enable CSUDH faculty, staff, and students to publish online open access journals. Journals are published using Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source journal management and publishing system. OJS provides a professional online presence and can be used to manage some or all of the stages of the journal publishing process: submissions, peer review, the editorial process, online publishing, and indexing. Articles are licensed for reuse using a Creative Commons license.The Digital Initiatives Librarian is available to consult during the planning process to provide initial training to editorial staff, basic technical support, and limited customization of the journal's appearance. This guide provides information and resources for both potential and current journal managers and editors through all stages--from planning to publishing.

For more information about the benefits of publishing using OJS at CSUDH and/or contact Dana Ospina at

CSUDH Affiliated Journals

About OJS

Open Journal Systems (OJS) was developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and first released in 2001. PKP stats show 9236 journals published content using the OJS platform in 2017.

OJS is a roles-based system. Editorial staff are assigned roles and perform specific tasks within those roles. The same person can have multiple roles and switch from one to another to accomplish workflow tasks.

Editorial roles used in our open access model include Journal Manager, Editor, Section Editor, Author, Reviewer, Copyeditor, Layout Editor, and Proofreader.

This guide was created by Boston College Libraries and has been modified to reflect the publishing services offered at CSUDH.


Workflows in OJS

Workflows within OJS can be simple or complex. A few examples:

  • The simplest way to use OJS is as a publishing platform only. This workflow requires only the Journal Manager and Editor roles (i.e., to create an issue, upload PDFs, and publish). All other tasks are performed outside OJS.
  • A more complex workflow might also include Author submissions through OJS and perhaps also tracking the Review process through OJS.
  • Many journals treat the Editor position as a kind of managing editor or editor-in-chief and assign Section Editors to perform the day-to-day management of an article's progress through the editorial process.
  • Especially for smaller journals, the Copyeditor/Layout Editor/Proofreader roles are often handled by the same person, either outside OJS or tracked within the system.
  • Student journals often use a rolling system of editors, i.e., staff from all class years. This ensures that there are always experienced students ready to take over journal management as seniors graduate.

We will work with you to make sure your journal is set up properly in OJS for the workflow you choose.

See information on the Planning page, including a worksheet with decisions to be made, to help you determine the workflow for your journal.