Learn about our journal hosting platform

Our Platform

MSU Libraries uses Open Journal Systems, developed by the Public Knowledge Project, as a platform for publishing online open access journals. OJS handles the entire publication process, including submission, review, editing, and publication.

OJS Features

  • Authors can submit online, and editors can handle all editing and review inside the site.
  • Configurable, automated, context-sensitive emails make it quick and easy to contact authors, reviewers, subscribers, and fellow publishing staff.
  • Context-sensitive Help is available on each page, and MSU Libraries also provides limited technical support.
  • Journal issues are archived in Scholars Junction, MSU's Institutional Repository, for long-term preservation.
  • We regularly back up the system, so that if the site goes down it can quickly be restored.
  • You can easily configure requirements, journal sections, guidelines and standards, publication schedule, user roles, and more.
  • Your journal can be optimized to rise higher in Google searches, indexed in reputable databases, and disseminated by libraries and fellow scholars worldwide.
  • Your readers can subscribe to receive emailed updates when new issues are published, and can volunteer to review articles as part of their registration process.

Documentation and Training

  • PKP Help
    Documentation for Open Journal Systems and other PKP software.
  • Contributors
    Information for developers, including documentation, current issues, GitHub repository, and support forum.
  • PKP School
    "An online, self-paced collection of courses" dealing with the OJS software and the act of publishing a journal.
  • PublicKnowledgeProject on YouTube
    Presentations, sprint reports, and tutorials.
  • Front-End Demo
    A collection of demo sites from the end-user's point of view. See how OJS looks in a variety of available base themes.
  • Back-End Demo
    Log in as "admin" and use password "testdrive" to check out OJS's admin interface. Data is purged nightly.