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Open Journal Systems – Online Publication Tool for Tomorrow’s Research

Freie Universität Contributes to Further Development of Open Journal Systems (OJS) – World’s Leading Open-source Software for Online Publishing of Scholarly Journals

№ 371/2010 from Nov 30, 2010

The Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) at Freie Universität, in cooperation with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) at Simon Fraser University, is continuing to develop the Open Journal Systems (OJS) open-source software. The project is being funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and aims to radically improve the functionality of the software and to develop value-added services, especially for journals published in German-speaking countries.

With the Internet and the New Media, there are new forms of electronic publishing available to scientists and scholars. This necessitates the development of professional, web-based publishing tools. The open-source software OJS is currently used worldwide for the operation of more than 6,600 magazines. The continued development of this software was initiated by CeDiS and includes fundamental improvements such as the expansion of the search procedures and the support of review journals. In addition, efforts are being focused on specific aspects of scholarly publishing in German-speaking countries. This includes in particular the compatibility of OJS with the systems of major service providers, such as the German National Library and VG Wort, and promoting the effective use of open-access publishing.

The continued software development is being carried out under a memorandum of understanding, in close cooperation with the Canadian Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University, and accompanied by a jointly run forum for the German OJS community.

Further Information

Katrin Plank-Sabha, Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Freie Universität Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838–53705, Email: presse@cedis.fu-berlin.de