Open Journal Systems (OJS), is an open source online journal publishing and management platform developed by the Public Knowledge Project. With OJS, scholars with very little publishing expertise and minimal budgets can produce high-quality academic journals for world-wide distribution of scholarly research on the web. While not all of the nearly 15,000 installations of OJS are open access (the software can be used to manage restricted and subscription-based access), the majority are. It is difficulty to over-estimate the contribution PKP and OJS has made to the open access movement.
OJS has been designed to be relatively to easy to use. Public Knowledge Project provides excellent written support documentation on the site. What I hadn’t noticed before, however, is a growing list of informative video tutorials covering all aspects of OJS installation, setup, and use. From preparing the server and installing the software; to setting up your journal and creating issues; to defining and assigning editorial roles and reviewers; to managing article submissions and peer-review; to tracking journal traffic using Google Analytics. The tutorials are produced by PKP and members of the OJS user community. The several that I viewed provided clear, concise, step-by-step instructions that nicely complement the written documentation.