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3 hosting for OJS or OMP. What do I need to set up an online Scientific Journal?

Patricio Pantaleo for Paideia Studio

Jorge Hugo Figueroa (Trad.)

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Hosting OJS

We are often asked: What do I need to set up an Open Journal Systems (OJS) or Open Monograph Press (OMP) installation? What do I need to set up an online academic journal? Well, in this post we are going to answer these questions and help you choose the best hosting option for OJS or OMP.

Technical requirements

We are going to focus this advice on the latest versions of OJS or OMP since, as we have mentioned in many of our YouTube tutorials, older versions are not recommended. Otherwise, if your journal is on an older OJS installation or your publisher is on an older OMP installation, we recommend upgrading as soon as possible.

Now, what are the minimum technical requirements that a hosting for OJS or OMP must have? In the OJS 3.3 version the minimum requirements described in the official documentation are:

  • PHP 7.3-8.0 with php-mbstring, php-xml, and php-intl enabled (Recommended: PHP 8.0)
  • MySQL 4.1+, MariaDB 4.1+ o PostgreSQL 9.5+
  • Linux, or one of the following: BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X, Windows.

While in the next version soon to be released, OJS 3.4, the minimum requirements according to the documentation are:

In addition and in view of future installation upgrades, the following is also recommended:

  • Command line access to perform updates.
  • .htaccess or similar technique to block web access during updates
  • Support for cron jobs to run scheduled tasks
  • An email server that supports SPF and DMARC for reliable email delivery

If you meet these requirements, you can hire OJS or OMP hosting and start developing your academic publishing house. In the following tutorial, we show you how to install Open Journal Systems on a web server.

3 hosting options for OJS or OMP

Deciding to hire a hosting service to set up your online journal or publishing house is not a simple task. Although you can always migrate in the future, you should make sure at the beginning of the contracting process that you have access to the code package, periodic backups and basic security measures such as SSL.

Here are three hosting options for OJS or OMP, their pros and cons.

Affordable Hosting

You can set up an Open Journal Systems or Open Monograph Press installation on any hosting that meets the technical requirements mentioned above. You will find all prices, shared and dedicated, hosted in different parts of the world and at very affordable prices. If you have the necessary technical knowledge or if you follow our tutorials, you can have an academic journal in a few hours and for less than 10 USD per month.

What you should keep in mind is that many of these cheap hostings, usually charge extra for sending e-mails or SSL management and at relatively high costs in relation to the contracted. Some usually include the domain, but then they charge extra to migrate it or point the DNS to another server.

You will also not be able to find OJS or OMP installed on these hostings, let alone Crossref membership, iThenticate, specific software support and other services that are of utmost importance for academic journals and publishers.

According to our criteria and experience, these options have more cons than pros, so we list them first below:

  • Minimum monthly cost of hosting service.
  • Requires little initial investment.
  • They usually charge high costs for basic services such as SSL or e-mail.
  • Technical knowledge required.
  • Little or no support on OJS or OMP.
  • Does not include specific services for the publishing sector.
  • The support does not know how the system works.
  • No training on its use.
  • Software update not included.

Hosting for OJS or OMP: Paideia Studio

The Open Journal Systems or Open Monograph Press hosting service offered by Paideia Studio is one of the only specialized hosting services offered in Latin America. You can find all the details in the following link, but it is worth mentioning that all the plans already include the installation and basic configurations of OJS or OMP. You won’t have to worry about activating SSL, e-mail or configuring them on the platform since this service is included in any of the available plans. Additionally, it also has specific support to help you with any questions you may have about the operation of OJS or OMP.

The costs are affordable to the public and the premium plan includes Crossref membership, Similarity Check registration to access the iThenticate license, documents and DOIs.

The domain, in all cases, must be contracted separately. You can do it at the national registrar and point the NS to paideiastudio.net servers or you can register it directly at Paideia Studio with an annual payment.

  • Costs commensurate with the service
  • OJS or OMP. installation included
  • Technical support specialized in OJS and OMP.
  • Specific documentation on the operation of PKP software and plugins from its most active partners, such as ORCID and Crossref.
  • Upgrade to premium plan.
  • Access to Site Tool or command in standart or premium plan.
  • SSL included in all plans.
  • E-mail included and unlimited in all plans.
  • Backup copies included in all plans.
  • Requires a higher maintenance cost than low-cost hostings.
  • It also requires a greater commitment to the editorial project to be set up.

Hosting for OJS or OMP | PKP

Finally, there is the hosting option offered by the software developer. It is obviously an attractive choice since, as in Paideia Studio, it has dedicated support for the application, Crossref membership, among other options. However, the cost is not one of the most affordable. You can know the details of the hosting offered by PKP here.

  • OJS or OMP installation included.
  • Technical support specialized in OJS and OMP.
  • Specific documentation on the operation of PKP software and plugins from its most active partners, such as ORCID and Crossref.
  • Update.
  • SSL included in all plans.
  • E-mail included and unlimited in all plans.
  • Backup copies included in all plans.
  • Cost exceeding USD 1,000 per year per active journal.
  • It also requires a greater commitment to the editorial project to be set up.

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