Basic Steps for Starting a New Journal

Here are the main steps in setting up your journal with OJS. Some link to PKP School courses, which are free but require registration to take and to view.

  1. Set up the technical infrastructure - See Module 2, Unit 4, including hosting, domain name, and server environment. Hosting is available from PKP Publishing Services or you can use your own host. You can also find out more in our guide for system administrators.
  2. Protect your data - See Module 2, Unit 5
  3. Install OJS
  4. Configure OJS
  5. Customize the look - Also have a look at Designing your Journal and Setting up a Journal on OJS - See Module 6 + 7
  6. Decide on article galley format
  7. Register for an ISSN
  8. Register for a DOI
  9. Register with a LOCKSS Network
  10. Import content
  11. Build an editorial team - See Module 2, Unit 10
  12. Determine copyright policy - See Module 11, Unit 1
  13. Select a financial model - See Module 8
  14. Get your content indexed
  15. Market your journal - See Module 9