The PKP Community Forum is a vibrant user community that exists to share information, provide assistance, and help users work in the OJS software. You can search through existing topics or, if you cannot find what you need, submit a question.
So, what is the PKP?
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) "is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing." Through their efforts to expand and improve access to research, they released the Open Journal Systems (OJS) open source software under the GNU General Public License. Scholarly Exchange® service uses the OJS software and frequently refers journal managers and editors to their resources, as outlined here.
The PKP provides extensive resources and documentation to help you set up, work through, and troubleshoot your journal. The following documentation is especially useful and relevant:
- The PKP user guide: "Open Journal Systems: A complete Guide to Online Publishing" also available as a downloadable PDF.
- OJS customization information
- PKP has created a library of templates for OJS. The frontend templates are most pertinent to the setup of your journal.
- The PKP School has a number of courses, including OJS for Journal Managers and OJS for Editors which are particularly useful.
- Journal indexing and discoverability:
- The PKP provides additional resources including an open course module devoted indexing.
- You can work through the units sequentially, just tackle what is important to you, and/ or read through the "Further Readings" at the bottom.
Software Tutorials for Specific Functions
The following tutorials, provided by PKP, are for particular activities of functions of the software you will need to know to be successful.
- "An Introduction to the Use of Roles in Open Journal Systems"
- Creating a user account in OJS (video). Similar instructions are available through the user guide under "Registering with a Journal" and "User Management."
- Submitting an article in OJS (video). Also available in the user guide under "Submitting an Article."
- Reviewing an article in OJS (video). Also available in the user guide under "Reviewers."
PKP recently released the 3.0 version of their software. Scholarly Exchange® remains on OJS 2.4.x and migration to OJS 3 is not yet scheduled.