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Chapter 8: Tools

The Tools section can be accessed from the left sidebar menu.

Tools consist of an Import/Export tab and a Statistics tab.


Import/Export allows you to easily get data out of your OJS journal and get data into it.

Some of the tools allow you to export to third-party systems, such as PubMed or the DOAJ. Others allow you to import or export user or article data.

For detailed instructions on importing and exporting see the Administrator’s Guide.

For more information on the Crossref XML Export Plugin, see the PKP Crossref Guide.


The Statistics page provides access to a variety of reports from your journal.

The system generates reports that track the details associated with site usage and submissions over a given period of time. Reports are generated in CSV format which requires a spreadsheet application to view.

  • View Report: Provides a report on galley and abstract views by readers (i.e., how many times a PDF for an article has been viewed).
  • Review Report: Provides a spreadsheet of all review activity.
  • Subscriptions Report: Provides a spreadsheet of subscription activity.
  • COUNTER Reports: Provides COUNTER data.
  • Articles Report: Provides a spreadsheet of all published articles.
  • PKP Usage Statistics Report: Provides basic usage statistics for your journal.

Generate Custom Report

Use this feature to build your own reports.

More information on how to generate and manage statistics in OJS is provided in the Administrator’s Guide.