Open Journal Systems 3

Our flagship software for open access journal publishing, used by more than 10,000 journals worldwide.

Getting Started

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): How to use PKP software and common troubleshooting issues.

Launch a new journal: A step-by-step checklist.

Journal policies and workflows: A guide to common journal practices.

Learning OJS 3

A visual, step-by-step guide to managing a journal with Open Journal Systems. View Now



Available in العربية, Español, Français, and Suomi.

Administrator’s Guide

A guide for system administrators of PKP applications. View Now



Available in Français.

Developer Documentation

Developer documentation, reference guides and more to help you build themes, write plugins and develop new features for OJS. View Now

Upgrading from OJS 2 to OJS 3

In this guide, we describe some of the changes between OJS 2 and OJS 3 and suggest steps for planning and completing your migration. View Now


Available in Español.

Designing Your Journal

This guide gives advice and information on how to make your journal attractive, accessible, and unique. It explains how to customize existing themes, create CSS files, and select images and fonts to suit your audience and content. View Now

Creating Accessible Content

The Creating Accessible Content guide covers the general principles of creating universally accessible content published on the web. View Now


Available in Português.

Discoverability and Sustainability

These guides explain various aspects of discoverability and sustainability practices that can be employed around OJS journals, as well as detailed guides related to Google Scholar Indexing and the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Instructor Guide for Course Journals

This is a guide for post-secondary course instructors interested in using Open Journal Systems (OJS) for the creation of course journals. View Now

Student Journal Toolkit

The PKP Student Journal Toolkit provides guidance to students interested in creating or joining a student journal. View Now

Video Tutorials

PKP School is a guided series of training videos on setting up a journal and editorial workflow in OJS 3.1, available in English and Spanish. Additional multilingual video tutorials made by users are available on PKP’s YouTube channel.

Plugin Guides

These guides explain how to use OJS plugins for DOIs, CrossRef, ORCID, and PayPal. The plugins integrate OJS with services offered by PKP partner organizations.

Publishing Resources

External resources on open access and scholarly publishing and how to start and manage a journal or publishing program.

GDPR Guide

This guide provides advice for users of PKP applications on how to approach the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). View Now

Translation Guide

The PKP Translating Guide is for users who wants to create or edit a translation of a PKP software application. View Now

Open Journal Systems 2

Help guides for older versions of our journal management software. We recommend you upgrade to OJS 3.

Upgrading from OJS 2 to OJS 3

In this guide, we describe some of the changes between OJS 2 and OJS 3 and suggest steps for planning and completing your migration. View Now

For an overview of features you can look forward to seeing in OJS 3, see OJS 3 Features Overview. Watch Now


Available in Español.

Learning OJS 2.x

A visual, step-by-step guide to managing a journal with Open Journal Systems 2.x. View Now

PKP School

This series of video courses is for journal editors who need to learn how to perform all of the basic editorial tasks in OJS 2 quickly. View Now

Crossref and DOIs

Learn how you can take advantage of PKP’s partnership with Crossref to help publishers and journals take advantage of Crossref’s research indexing service. View Now

Importing and Exporting Data (OJS 2)

An OJS 2 guide on how to import and export user information, published article data, and more. View Now

Using Paypal for OJS

OJS supports the use of the PayPal online payment system for secure online financial transactions. This guide outlines the basic steps in getting this up and running. View Now


Available in العربية.

OJS 2.x Technical Reference

An extensive document regarding versions 2.x of the OJS platform. View Now

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