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Open Monograph Press (OMP) has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project. For general information about OJS and other open research systems, visit the PKP web site.

Licensing #

OMP is licensed under the GNU General Public License v2. See the file docs/COPYING for the complete terms of this license.

Third parties are welcome to modify and redistribute OMP in entirety or parts according to the terms of this license. PKP also welcomes patches for improvements or bug fixes to the software.

System Requirements #

Recommended server requirements:

* PHP >= 5.3.7
* MySQL >= 4.1.1 (including MySQL 5.x) or PostgreSQL >= 9.1.5
* Apache >= 1.3.2x or >= 2.0.4x or Microsoft IIS 6
* Operating system: Any OS that supports the above software, including
  Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X, Windows

As PKP does not have the resources to test every possible combination of software versions and platforms, no guarantee of correct operation or support is implied. We welcome feedback from users who have deployed OMP on systems other than those listed above.

A secure deployment can be best achieved by using the following policies:

* Dedicate a database to OMP; use unique credentials to access it.
  Configure this database to perform automated backups on a regular
  basis. Perform a manual backup when upgrading or performing

* Configure OMP (config.inc.php) to use SHA1 hashing rather than MD5.

* Configure OMP (config.inc.php) to use force_ssl_login so that
  authenticated users communicate with the server via HTTPS.

* Install OMP so that the files directory is NOT a subdirectory of
  the OMP installation and cannot be accessed directly via the web
  server. Restrict file permissions as much as possible. Automated
  backups of this directory should be roughly synchronized with
  database backups.

Download #

OMP can be downloaded from the Public Knowledge Project web site.

Installation #

Please review this document and the RELEASE document prior to installing OMP.

To install OMP:

1. Extract the OMP archive to the desired location in your web
   documents directory.

2. Make the following files and directories (and their contents)
   writeable (i.e., by changing the owner or permissions with chown or
     * config.inc.php (optional -- if not writable you will be prompted
       to manually overwrite this file during installation)
     * public
     * cache
     * cache/t_cache
     * cache/t_config
     * cache/t_compile
     * cache/_db

3. Create a directory to store uploaded files (submission files, etc.)
   and make this directory writeable. It is recommended that this
   directory be placed in a non-web-accessible location (or otherwise
   protected from direct access, such as via .htaccess rules).
4. Review and apply the patches recommended for your version of OMP.

   The Public Knowledge Project development team maintains a publicly-
       available list of recommended patches for each release. These will
       add no new functionality and will typically consist of small,
       easy-to-read patches for specific issues. A Recommended Patches list
       for your version of OMP can be found on the PKP development wiki:


   To apply a recommended patch, open the bug report and download the 
   attached patch file(s). (Note that bug reports can quite often
       include a number of patches, some relevant to the application (ie.
       OMP) and version you are running, and some not. Ensure that you
       download all and only the patches specific to your application and
       version.) For each patch you download, first attempt a dry-run
       application of the patch, to ensure that it applies cleanly: 

       $ patch -p1 --dry-run < PATCH_FILE

   If the patch applies cleanly, then run the following command, which 
   will actually apply the patch: 

       $ patch -p1 < PATCH_FILE

   "PATCH_FILE" should be replaced with the path to the patch file that 
   was downloaded, e.g. "6276-omp.patch".

5. Open a web browser to <http://yourdomain.com/path/to/omp/> and
   follow the on-screen installation instructions.
   Alternatively, the command-line installer can be used instead by
   running the command "php tools/install.php" from your OMP directory.
   (Note: with the CLI installer you may need to chown/chmod the public
   and uploaded files directories after installation, if the Apache
   user is different from the user running the tool.)

6. Recommended additional steps post-installation:

     * Review config.inc.php for additional configuration settings
     * Review the FAQ document for frequently asked technical and
       server configuration questions.
     * Review the plugins/generic/usageStats/README file for additional
       statistics processing requirements/configuration.

Localization #

To add support for other languages, the following sets of XML files must be localized and placed in an appropriately named directory (using ISO locale codes, e.g. “fr_FR”, is recommended):

* locale/en_US
* help/en_US
* registry/locale/en_US
* plugins/[plugin category]/[plugin name]/locale, where applicable

The only critical files that need translation for the system to function properly are found in locale/en_US and registry/locale/en_US.

New locales must also be added to the file registry/locales.xml, after which they can be installed in the system through the site administration web interface.

Translations can be contributed back to PKP for distribution with future releases of OMP.