The EIFL Open Access Progamme (EIFL-OA) has released a checklist of good practices in using the free and open software Open Journal System (OJS) for journal editing and publishing. OJS is the most widely used publishing software in EIFL partner countries.
The checklist, by EIFL-OA Manager Iryna Kuchma, takes forward a key goal of EIFL-OA - to ensure the growth and sustainability of digital repositories and journal publishing platforms.
OJS is created by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which is a multi-university initiative developing free and open source software to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.
The checklist includes an overview of OJS 3, which is the newest version of OJS, and tips on software plugins, journal procedures and policies, system security and content, usage statistics, and suggestions for improving content visibility and discoverability. It also includes a section about indexing your journals in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and recommendations for further reading.
If you use OJS to publish your journals, and you wish to make sure that they are indexed with search engines, you can join this webinar on November 7, organized by EIFL and Google Scholar.