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Scholarly Communications: Getting Started

About Open Journal Systems


Texas State University Libraries provides services and software that enable TXST faculty, staff, and students to publish online open-access journals. Through our membership in the Texas Digital Library consortium, journals are published using Open Journals System (OJS), an open-source editorial 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.

OJS is a collaborative, open-source software project maintained by the Public Knowledge Project. It has a highly configurable system for editorial workflows with features including the following:

  • Online author submission
  • Blind, double-blind, or open peer-review processes
  • Online management of copyediting, layout, and proofreading
  • Delegation of editorial responsibilities according to journal sections
  • Management of publication schedule and ongoing journal archiving
  • Customizable presentation features
  • Multilingual interface supporting 10 languages
  • Support for a variety of reader tools, such as RSS feeds and share buttons

Getting Started

Interested in starting a new scholarly journal? Have ideas and want to learn more about getting started? 

Step 1: Complete the following information

  • Name of journal: 
  • Name and email address(es) for Journal Manager(s): 
  • URL 'slug' or acronym for the journal: 
  • Purpose and scope of journal (one or two sentences is sufficient):
  • Plan for publication:
  • Planned publication frequency:
  • Do you have an editorial board:
  • What plans do you have for staffing the journal?
  • When do you estimate first issue?
  • Is this an existing journal with back issues that must be migrated? If so:
  • How many issues?
  • How many articles? (An estimate is fine.)
  • What platform/format are back issues in?
  • Will journal articles and issues be Open Access?
  • What language(s) does the journal use?  

Step 2: Send completed information via email to:

  • If you would like to try out OJS, we can setup a test OJS journal first
  • Once you are ready to launch, the TDL will setup your new journal
  • You'll receive login instructions via email

Step 3: Consider archiving past issues in the TXST Digital Collections Repository

  • The Digital Collections Repository is indexed widely to provide greater visibility for your journal
  • All items in the Digital Collections Repository are archived for long-term preservation
    • This will ensure a backup of your content in case of any unexpected disaster or errors
  • Each item and journal collection has viewable statistics to show the impact of your journal
  • The original journal link is included, to increase visibility to the journal and maximize impact
  • To include your journal in the Digital Collections Repository, simply email:
    • We will upload the journal issues and articles, add the description and metadata, and maintain the collection
  • View examples in the Journals and Conference Proceedings Collection

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is meant by a "URL slug or acronym" for the journal?

  • All of our hosted journals include the prefix "" which will be followed by a slug/acronym for the journal 
  • For example, the Journal of College and Academic Support Programs (J-CASP) utilizes the "jcasp" slug and the URL is ""

2. Does OJS support assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)? 

3. How do I ensure my journal is indexed to maximize discovery?

4. Who do I contact with questions about OJS or for technical support?