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 servers
  • get you started with initial setup and training support
  • provide daily backups (seven days incremental, 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.

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.

  Basic Professional Enterprise Notes
Description Dedicated OJS Installation Dedicated OJS Installation on commercial-grade hardware Dedicated OJS Installation on commercial-grade hardware  
Server Environment Institutional Commercial Commercial  
Available Space 5GB 10GB 25GB Extra disc space is available at $100/10GB/year. 
Upgrades Yes Yes Yes  
SSH Access No Yes Yes  
Priority Bug Fixes Security only Security, bug fixes Security, bug fixes, new features  
Daily Backups Yes Yes Yes  
Initial Training 1 Hour 2 Hours 3 Hours  
Basic Support Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Support Forum, PKP School, documentation, and any service issues
Expert Support No 2 Hours/Year 4 Hours/Year Personal support from our on-hand expert technical staff
Indexing and Preservation:        
LOCKSS Preservation Yes Yes Yes Inclusion in PKP's own Private LOCKSS Network to keep your content safe.
PKP|PS Indexing Service inclusion Yes Yes Yes  
Piwik Stats No Yes Yes  
Control Panel (access to logs, MySQL, files, etc.) No No Yes  
Full server statistics (AWStats, Webalizer) No No Yes  
Disqus commenting system No Yes Yes  
Dataverse Network integration Yes Yes Yes  
Full CrossRef Membership Support No No Yes Includes payment of Crossref membership fee and deposit fees (to a maxium of 200 articles annually)
Custom theme (prepackaged) Yes Yes Yes  
Custom theme (individualized) No Contact us for details Contact us for details  
Customization Support (@ $175/hr) No Yes Yes (w/discount)  
Yearly Cost (Per Title) $850.00 USD $1,500.00 USD $2,700.00 USD  
  Purchase Purchase Purchase  

Server Environments


Journals on the Basic plan are hosted on the Simon Fraser University servers. The SFU Library endeavours to maintain and make available its online systems and services on a 24/7 basis, and to respond to any system problems or requests for support in a timely manner. However, regular working hours for Library Systems staff are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Pacific Time, Monday – Friday, except public holidays. Outside of these times, the Library relies on remote monitoring utilities and reports from regular Library staff who may be working evening and weekend shifts.


In addition to the above, journals on the Professional and Enterprise plans are hosted in a commercial-level hosting environment by an internet service provider based in Canada, with its own service level agreement, which we will honour. Please contact us for further details.


Support Agreement

Our Support Agreement is available here. If you have any questions, please contact us

(Prices and options are valid until Dec 31 2017)