Interested in using Open Journal Systems (OJS)? Whether you are starting from scratch or are looking to move an existing publication online, we can help.

For an annual fee we will:

  • install OJS on our commercial-grade servers, complete with SSL for secure content transfer
  • provide daily on-site and off-site backups (other regimens available for an additional fee)
  • upgrade the software
  • ensure that your content is highly visible on the web

Leave the technical details to us, and get on with publishing!

You also retain full control over your publication. You select the best policies (e.g., copyright, access, peer-review, conflict of interest, etc.) for your publication without any requirements from us. All of the content is yours. If for any reason you choose to move to a different service, you can take all of your data with you. We'll even help with the transition.

If you are not already familiar with all of the benefits of using our software, be sure to check out the PKP website here.

Depending on your needs, you can choose from our Basic, Professional, or Enterprise plans. Basic is ideal for the tech-saavy organization that wants to leave the hosting up to us, but can take care of everything else itself. Choose Professional or Enterprise if you need extra support or additional features.

The Basic plan might be right for you if ... 

  • you have a small budget; 
  • you already know OJS, or are comfortable learning on your own with documentation;
  • you are comfortable having your journal in a shared OJS install rather than on its own; 
  • you are comfortable with the included plugin and theme options that OJS and PKP|PS provides;
  • you do not require direct server access, custom plugins, or source code customizations. 

The Professional plan might be right for you if ...

  • you require your own dedicated account and OJS install; 
  • you want direct access to your OJS database to run custom queries or generate custom reports;
  • you would like initial personalized webinar training from our expert support staff; 
  • you anticipate needing to install 3rd-party or custom theme plugins;
  • you do not require direct server access via SSH or source code customizations.

The Enterprise plan might be right for you if ... 

  • you want to enjoy all of the benefits of the Professional plan, plus ... 
  • you want server level access to the filesystem, OJS source code, and MySQL database via SSH; 
  • you require additional, personalized webinar training;
  • you anticipate needing support for source code customizations or development (eg. to modify default features or to add new features). 
  • you require your own protected sandbox environment for testing customizations, changes, etc., which is available for $425 per year. 
  • you have custom, institutional-level requirements not otherwise noted on this page (eg. a standalone server; SSO/Shibboleth support; Lucene integration; etc.).

PKP Publishing Services does not provide article typesetting and production or editorial and peer review services, but these are available from our affiliate partner Open Academia.

If you are ready to get started, please select one of our plans and click on 'Purchase' below or fill in this form. If you have any further questions, just let us know or see our FAQ.

  Basic Professional Enterprise Notes
Description DIY Publishing in a Shared OJS installation, on commercial-grade hardware Dedicated OJS installation on commercial-grade hardware, with expert guidance Dedicated OJS installation on commercial-grade hardware, with hands-on expert support  
Free SSL Yes Yes Yes Secure website SSL certificate via Let's Encrypt. Other options are available for purchase to Enterprise clients. 
Upgrades Yes Yes Yes  
Backups Yes Yes Yes Daily on-site and off-site backups for all clients. Additional backup options available for purchase to Enterprise clients. 
Control Panel No Yes Yes The Control Panel provides web-based access to the OJS database, files, and access logs.
SSH Access No No Yes Direct access to the server where your OJS install is hosted.
Support and Training:        
Priority Bug Fixes Yes Yes Yes  
Google Scholar Indexing Yes Yes Yes We ensure that your journal is added to Google Scholar
CrossRef membership and DOI support  No No Yes All OJS journals can use DOIs and deposit to CrossRef, but with the Enterprise plan we manage it for you
Setup Documentation by PKP|PS Yes Yes Yes  
Initial Webinar Training Available for additional fee Yes Yes  
On-Demand/Special Topics Training Available for additional fee Available for additional fee Yes Eg. training on theming OJS; best practices for publishing content; indexing and preservation concerns; advanced plugin configuration; etc. 
Branding and Personalization:        
Customizable Themes Included Included Included  
Theming Guidance Documentation Documentation Documenatation, Webinar  
Source Code Customizations (@ $175/hr) No No Yes (with discount)  
Yearly Cost (Per Journal) $850.00 USD $1,500.00 USD $2,700.00 USD  
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About our Server Environment

All of our journals are hosted in a commercial-level hosting environment by an internet service provider based in Canada, with 24x7 in-person monitoring. Additional server options are always available, including standalone servers. Please contact us for further details.