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These steps assume that you have configured your installation.

When you install the software, it will create the database tables and file directories that it needs to run. To install the software, visit your site in a web browser.


You should see an installation screen like the one below.

Screenshot of the installation screen of OJS

Complete the form to finish the installation. It may take a minute to install. You should see the following success screen when it is finished.

Screenshot of the install complete screen of OJS

Once you have finished the install, login with the administrator account you set up to access the admin area.

Depending on whether you installed OJS, OMP or OPS, you will be taken to a screen where you can create your first journal, press or preprint server.

  • In OJS, click the Add Journal button.
  • In OMP, click the Add Press button.
  • In OPS, click the Add Server button.

Once you have created your first journal, press, or preprint server, you will be taken to it’s Settings Wizard.

Screenshot of the settings wizard screen for a new journal

Click the Users tab to create a new user for the Journal Manager, Press Manager, or Server Manager who will be responsible for managing the journal, press or preprint server.

And you’re done! You’ve successfully installed the software and handed it off to the editorial team.

If you want to explore the software further, click the small icon at the top to switch to your new journal, press or preprint server.

Screenshot of the journal switcher in OJS

Upgrades #

It’s important to keep the software up-to-date. You can learn about new software releases by following our announcements forum or signing up for the developer email lists.

When it’s time to make an upgrade, use our step-by-step guide on how to upgrade.