The Fully Hosted Open Journal Systems Platform

The Scholarly Exchange® service has one objective—to foster sustainable low-cost communication among scholars and researchers worldwide. We help you start your e-journal—at no initial cost—and provide you with the tools to help develop the journal.

First Steps

Start-up is easy with the initially free use of a fully hosted and ready-to-use installation of the open source Open Journal Systems (developed by the Public Knowledge Project). We provide scholarly journal editors the software they need to set up their journal, receive articles, and begin the publishing process—all in as little as a few days.

The Scholarly Exchange® service uses your chosen domain name for the journal and performs secure daily backups to two separate sites.

The Platform

The platform is complete, offering web-based editorial management (manuscript collection, peer review, editorial decision-making) and online display. You can set the software up in an hour and be ready to accept submissions the same day. You can easily customize your journal's pages, from banners to background colors and even typefaces, as part of the setup process and with these documented methods. Most functions and all of the e-mail messages are easily configurable.

You can set your journal up in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Turkish at present, with Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Norwegian, Thai, and Vietnamese to be added in the near future.

For complete, easy-to-read documentation of the comprehensive features, view and download the free Open Journal Systems documentation from the Public Knowledge Project site. Over ten thousand journals are currently using OJS software.

The Scholarly Exchange® service strongly encourages journals to archive their content in online repositories and archives and cooperates with the Open Archive Initiative data standards and the LOCKSS protocol - "lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe."


Keeping costs to a minimum and generating revenue are the cornerstones to success for e-journals, especially those that want to be freely accessible. The Scholarly Exchange® service has developed the tools, techniques, and strategies to achieve these goals and continues to explore new opportunities.

Journal clients always retain complete ownership of their own domain names, all content, and all metadata stored on the Scholarly Exchange® service platform.

The Fine Print (pricing and discounts)

First Year: The Scholarly Exchange® service provides the OJS software and use of the Scholarly Exchange® service at no cost for the first year.

The journal may discontinue all Scholarly Exchange® services at any time within the first six months without any obligation or cost.

Second and Subsequent Years: The Scholarly Exchange® service continues the service for a US$ 750 annual fee at the outset of each subsequent year.

Volume discounts (multi-journal) for universities, publishers, and members of Open Access Publishers Association (OASPA)

The Scholarly Exchange® service offers the first year free and subsequent years at $500 annually per title for groups of 5 or more journals (universities and publishers) and single journals (members of OASPA).